Duke (Fuqua) MBA Essays

Duke MBA Essays                                                             2010 - 2011

Three essay questions must be completed before submitting your application.  Prepare your essays carefully.   The Admissions Committee considers your responses to the following questions important in the selection process.  Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing.  Your response to each question should be no more than 2 pages in length, with a font size no less than 10-point.

All applicants have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware.

Applicant Essays:  Answer all 3 essay questions.
Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, emotional intelligence, and business acumen. Thus, Duke is in the midst of an ambitious global venture that will embed and connect us around the world, and we are seeking future leaders of consequence, who value diversity and collaborative leadership, and who aspire to impact the companies and communities of which they are a part in a lasting and positive way.

In an effort to identify, engage, and foster the development of future leaders of consequence, the Admissions Committee would like to get to know our applicants in a more holistic manner. We would like to know who you are, what has shaped you into the person you are today, and how you hope to impact both Duke and the communities of which you will be a part in the future. The essays are your opportunity to convey that to us. Please be open, genuine, and passionate. Share with us what makes you a dynamic, multi-dimensional person.

         1.  Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path.
         2.  How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA
              students and add value to Fuqua's diverse culture?
         3.  Why Duke? (If you are interested in a specific concentration, joint degree, clubs or activities, please
               discuss how you would contribute to these in this essay.)

Optional Essay (not required)
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application).

Reapplicant Essay
All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay. Please limit your response to two pages. Write an essay describing how you are now a stronger candidate for admission compared to the application you submitted the previous year.

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Current Essay Questions!
The essay questions that appear on this page are for candidates who plan to apply during the fall of 2010 or the winter of 2011 and start classes in the fall of 2011.

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Application Deadlines

The Fuqua School has four application deadlines:   
The deadlines below are for the full-time MBA program.  The part-time and executive programs have their own deadlines.

  •   Round
  •   'Early Action'
  •               1
  •               2
  •               3
  • Deadline
  • September 30, 2010
  • November 1, 2010
  • January 4, 2011
  • March 8, 2011

School Data

Ave. GMAT                           688
Middle 80%               620 - 750
Median Age                            28
Median Work (Mos.)          67
Acceptance Rate                  30%
Yield                                         51 %
BW Ranking                            8
U.S. News Ranking              14