Durham, NC
Duke Fuqua has turned out some of today’s most notable executives, chief among them is Apple’s Tim Cook. Fuqua recruits in a diverse manner, specializing in getting strong candidates rather than specializing in one particular field or another. Fuqua focuses on leadership, and in so doing, has created an all-encompassing education to prepare well-rounded, globally oriented, and ethical leaders. Duke has built a curriculum to prepare its students to be the heads of the next generation’s biggest companies. In the first year, students are required to take core courses on ethics and organizations, leadership, and global operations. The work is done in a collaborative manner to promote the specific type of leadership skills Fuqua stands for. In the second year, students participate in a spectrum of general management courses, which they can pick and choose based on personal need, interest, and ambition. It might be helpful to note that the first Fuqua essay on the application asks for a list of 25 things about the candidate; we suggest compiling a list that is a mixture between goofy, heart-felt, serious, and surprising things about you. All entries should be real and genuine, but with a varying degree of gravity. Good luck!

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Important Dates

Early Round

Sept. 12, 2017
Sept. 12, 2017

Round 1

DeadlineOct. 19, 2017
NotificationDec. 10, 2017

Round 2

DeadlineJan. 15, 2018
NotificationMar. 3, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineMar. 15, 2018
NotificationApr 20, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$225 USD



Required Essays





Questions, Class of 2020:

Required Short Answer Questions

Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
What are your long-term goals?
Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself

Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.


Second Required Essay

Instructions: Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community, outside of the classroom?

Optional Essay

If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
Limit your response to one page.


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You are required to utilize the Recommendation Forms that are within the online application. The following questions are included on the recommendation form:

Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.

How do the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?

What do you perceive as the applicant’s areas for growth?  Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.

Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the Admissions Committee.

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