Fuqua offers both academic and cultural diversity. MBA students have the opportunity to access ample campus research centers and embark on business ventures abroad.
A leader in General Management and Health Care Administration, Fuqua also allows students to focus on more narrowly defined concentrations including Finance, International Business, and Social Entrepreneurship. There is a large general emphasis on international relations and students entering the program will participate in a four week term called "Global Institute" where they will develop a greater global business sense.
Fuqua places a strong emphasis on team work both inside and outside of the classroom. Students work closely together to build connections and partnerships that will last far beyond their time at Duke.
The program's structure, or lack there of, allows students to take full advantage of their annual four six-week terms. By the end of the first year, students will have completed at least five electives, thus expanding their business scope.
Classes emphasize the importance of communication skills in academic, professional, and personal settings. Projects are largely done in teams and students are also encouraged to collaborate. The intimate size of the programs further enhances the overall sense of campus community.
When you apply to Fuqua, make it clear that you understand what it means to be part of a close-knit community. Along those lines, Fuqua students are heavily involved in campus life and school-related activities. If you are applying to Duke, make sure that this is what you want out of your business school experience. Even more importantly, make sure to emphasize this in your application through multiple examples of teamwork and community involvement. There is also a preference for people who can demonstrate that they will integrate some degree of social enterprise in their short and long term career goals.
Two letters of recommendation are required. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities. It is encouraged that you submit at least one recommendation from someone who knows you well in your current position and can critique your professional performance, such as a current supervisor.
Interviews are not required, but are highly recommended. Admissions interviews are usually conducted by alumni or second-year students. It is therefore important to position yourself as a prospect that your interviewer would like to have as a classmate. This means you should provide examples of professional excellence, but do so in a non-arrogant tone. In the back of his mind, your interviewer will be evaluating you as a potential team member.
Another way to show your fit with Fuqua is to demonstrate your sincere interest in the program. Even thought Fuqua is still a highly competitive school that has a competitive admissions process, its yield (percentage of accepted students who enroll) is somewhat low compared to that of other top schools. The school therefore wants to be sure that if they accept you, you will enroll. If you can demonstrate that you truly want to attend Fuqua—and why this is so—you will greatly improve your chances.
80% range of GMAT scores for the recent class: 630-740
o Full-Time Enrollment: 888
o Typical Class Size: 432 Students
o Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.44
o Average GMAT Score: 689
o Acceptance Rate: 26.5%
o Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $128,666
o Full-Time Graduates Employed at Graduation: 78.4%
o Average Age of New Entrants: 28
o Average Work Experience: Approximately 5 years
o Executive Education Program
o Columbia alumni live in over 100 countries