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Duke MBA (Fuqua) Profile

Our Duke MBA profile will supply you with the basic information you need when considering applying to Duke MBA. Our Admission Consultants are happy to help you decide if Duke is the right school for you.

Application Deadlines

Application Periods: Application Deadline: Interview Invitations Sent By: Notification from board:
Early Action September 18, 2013 October 8, 2013 October 30, 2013
Round 1 October 21, 2013 November 20, 2013 December 30, 2013
Round 2 January 6, 2014 February 6, 2014 March 13, 2014
Round 3 March 21, 2014 April 9, 2014 May 9, 2014

Application Questions

Required Short Answer Questions (250 characters or about 50 words each)

1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?

2. What are your long-term goals?

3. 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?

Required Essays

1. 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.

Please 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.

2. When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

Your response to this essay question should be no more than 2 pages in length. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing.

Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, or any significant weakness in your application). 2 pages maximum.


Full-time Class of 2013

Total Enrollment: approx. 443
Applications: 3,452
Percent Admitted: 26%
Yield: Not Published
GMAT Average: 698
GMAT Score Range: 660-720 (middle)
Average Age 28
Average GRE Q Not Published
Average GRE V Not Published
Average GPA Not Published

Pre-MBA Career

Industry: Percent:
Health Care: 45%
Business/Accounting/I-Banking: 18%
Engineering and IT: 5%
Consulting and Government: 28%
Other: 4%

Post-MBA Career (Class of 2012)

Industry: Percent: Median Base Salary:
Consulting 40% $130,000
Consulting 37% $130,000
Strategic Business Planning 3% $115,000
Finance 22% $100,000
Investment Banking 7% $100,000
Finance 6% $110,000
Investment Management 2% $100,000
Sales & Trading 2% $100,000
Asset Management 2% $100,000
Commercial Banking <1% Not Published
Accounting/Audit/Tax <1% Not Published
Ventrue Capital <1% Not Published
Equity Research <1% Not Published
Private Client Services <1% Not Published
Private Equity <1% Not Published
General Management 16% $100,000
General Management 10% $102,500
Management Development Program 3% 105,000
Business Development 2% $80,000
Leadership Development <1% Not Published
Marketing 17% $103,000
Marketing 12% $105,000
Brand/Product Management 4% $100,000
Sales <1% Not Published
Market Research <1% Not Published
Operations 3% $117,500
Other 2% $107,500

Career Hiring

Class of 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accepted Offer by Graduation 83% 68% 64% 77% 80%
Accepted Offer 3 months out 92% 76% 77% 88% Not Available
Median Base Salary $95,500 $100,000 $100,000 $101,400 $103,000
Median Signing Bonus $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $25,000 $25,000

Class of 2013 Profile

Female 45%
International 43%
U.S. Minority Not Published

Africa 0%
Asia 15%
Europe 3%
North America 64%
Latin America and the Caribbean 8%
Oceania 0%
Dual Citizenship 8%


Mean Work Experience 62 months
Mean Age 28


Total 1,713
Full-Time MBA 887
Executive MBA 594
PhD Program 85

School Ranking

Business Week 6
US News 12

Program Costs

Resident $104,304.00
Nonresident $104,304.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Resident) $71,859.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Nonresident) $71,859.00


Total Living Alumni 14,874

Joint Degrees

MBA/JD (Law)
MBA/MD (Medicine)
MBA/MEM (Environmental Management)
MBA/MPP (Public Policy)
MBA/MF (Forestry)