Essay questions for 2016-17:

Required Short Answers:

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

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 Essay 1:
25 Random Things About Yourself
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.

(Word limit: Not more than 2 pages, 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point)

Required Essay 2:
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?

(Word limit: Not more than 2 pages, 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point)

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.
Word limit: one page)


Other Requirements:

1. Recommendations: two recommendations, of which one should be from your most recent professional setting. One recommendation from your volunteering work is also okay, so long as your experience has some depth.

You can submit additional recommendations from alumni and from students.

Here are the questions for recommenders:

* 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.

Reapplicants have to submit one recommendation only.

2. Resume– One page resume

3. Undergrad – The Indian three year degree is considered equivalent to the US four year degree

4. GMAT or GRE are accepted, but GMAT is preferred.

5. TOEFL/ IELTS/PTE are accepted. You do not need to test the primary language of instruction was English for at least 3 years at your undergrad institution.

6. Application fee- $225. You  can claim a fee waiver if you have registered and and duly attended an information session or a diversity event or are member of certain associations such as the Forte Foundation. Additional recos  from students/ alumni also lead to fee waivers. Just shows how Fuqua rewards applicants who care to understand the program personally.



There are two options for interviewing:

1. Open Interviews will occur in Durham, from September 8 – October 6, 2016. You can schedule an open interview regardless of the round in which you intend to apply. You do not have to complete your application before scheduling this interview.

2. By-Invitation interviews : After the open period, interviews are by invitation only, by application round, and occur in Durham as well as in locations around the world. These can take place ONLY after evaluation of your completed application.

If you apply to early application (14th September, 2016, expect an interview decision by September 29th, end of day). It can not get faster than this.



You are a reapplicant if you applied last year  for the 2018 intake:

Reapplicants need to complete the entire application, along with new essays. They need to submit one new recommendation only.

Re-applicant Essay:

It is not uncommon for it to take more than one try to achieve a goal.  Please share with us the self-reflection process that you underwent after last year’s application and how you have grown as a result.  How did it shape your commitment to Fuqua and inspire your decision to reapply?

(Word limit: No more than 2 pages, using 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point)