Overview

Applicants
3,036
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
5.5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
690 - 730
GPA
3.3 - 3.7

Deadlines


Round 1
September 23

Round 2
October 20

Round 3
January 7

Round 4
March 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
161

70
Full-time
30
Part-time
23
Female
5
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has a “world-class reputation” for good reason: Students here are privy to a curriculum made up of “balanced case method and lecture-based instruction, experiential learning, student leadership opportunities, … and alumni engagement.” What’s more, the program does a tremendous job of ensuring “each student has the skills to work in diverse and dynamic organizations.” Of course, Duke MBAs also derive great benefit from Fuqua’s “focus on ‘team’,” which helps students realize they are “smarter together than … on [their] own.” Similarly, there’s also a “school-wide commitment to developing ‘Leaders of Consequence…’ who think critically about the impact their decisions [have] on others and seek to use business for good.” To make that possible, the program is rather accessible: As one MBA candidate highlights, “The format of [the] weekend executive program provided tremendous flexibility.” Additionally, “the hybrid in-person and Webex class setup also has been useful for situations [in which] attending in person is nearly impossible as classes are recorded.” In turn, this allows Fuqua to “attract talent from all over the country and people already in very senior executive positions.” Ultimately, the school accomplishes its goals by offering the “best blend of on-campus and [experiential] learning” around.

Though Fuqua definitely has a “focus on general management” academically, students note that the school maintains a “top healthcare … program” as well. After all, “being in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area gives us a unique perspective on health care … [being] nestled within some of the country’s leading research organizations and medical centers.” Thankfully, no matter your chosen field, the “overall professor quality is extremely high here, translating into a very engaged classroom.” And you can rest assured that Fuqua faculty “know students by name and take time to chat with them in the hallways.”

Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Organizational Behavior
Product Management
RN/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Analytics and Information Management
Business Administration
Business Foundations
Data Analytics
Data Science

Certificate Programs

Data Analytics
Finance
Healthcare Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
Leadership/Management
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Students at Duke?s Fuqua School of Business have the option to complete an MBA Concentration in Energy & Environment, drawing on campus-wide resources to gain specialized expertise in areas like corporate sustainability, environmental management, energy markets, environmental law, corporate social responsibility, and impact investing. MBA electives focused on sustainability include ?Business Strategies for Sustainability? and the ?EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment,? in which MBAs with a unique opportunity to learn about today's most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. Duke University also offers one of the world?s premier business and environment joint-degree programs, in which students can earn both an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF) degree in three years (https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/edge/education/memmba/). Complementing their classroom experience, Duke MBA students receive career support from a Sector Director for Social Impact & Sustainability Careers in Fuqua?s Career Management Center, as well as extracurricular and experiential learning opportunities through Fuqua?s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/edge/).

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Students pursuing joint MBA/Master of Environmental Management degrees participate in sustainability research projects, including life cycle energy cost analyses for local businesses and NGOs. Specific projects include developing ways to reduce lighting energy costs at manufacturing facilities; identifying appropriate heating and cooling systems based on environmental impact and purchase and maintenance costs; ascertaining energy efficiency and projected return on investment; and preparing detailed sustainability reports for clients' engineers and facility managers. Through Fuqua's Client Consulting Practicum, students are able to work on sustainability projects in the United States and internationally. Recent projects have focused on producer take-back in retailing and on low-impact and low-emissions strategies in urban development.

School's environmental commitment 1:
1. Curriculum. Fuqua has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and fully supports Duke?s drive to be a truly sustainable institution. Duke?s Fuqua School of Business promotes environmental responsibility through degree programs and educational centers, interest groups and volunteer activities. Leveraging programs throughout the university, Fuqua offers the 3-year Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA) and Master of Forestry/Master of Business Administration (MF/MBA) degrees. These are among the preeminent business and environment joint degree programs in the world. We also offer the MBA with concentrations in Energy and the Environment (for students to gain specialized expertise in corporate sustainability, environmental management and law, and energy science, policy, and entrepreneurship).

School's environmental commitment 2:
2. Extracurricular, Experiential, & Career Programming. Fuqua delivers a host of world-class extracurricular and experiential learning programs on environmental sustainability topics, including its annual Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) conference, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast. Students have the opportunity to work on sustainable business projects for real-world companies and NGO partners through the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum program. Fuqua?s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) sponsors research, education, and industry engagement programs that benefit both students and industry, including hosting the ClimateCAP partnership, a consortium of 18 top business schools focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Finally, students benefit from full-time dedicated career support professionals for sustainability and social impact careers in the Fuqua Career Management Center.

School's environmental commitment 3:
3. Campus Sustainability. The Fuqua campus also reflects our commitment to sustainability, with energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, as well as water-saving devices throughout. The 2017 renovation of Fuqua?s JB Duke Hotel included all new infrastructure to improve energy and water efficiency, sustainable construction and design, indoor environmental quality, and landscaping to reduce runoff.? Through the use of efficient transportation options and participation in waste reduction through single-stream recycling, pre-consumer composting, and use of reusable utensils, our students, faculty, and staff all contribute to lowering our school?s carbon footprint. Fuqua MBA students compete in a Sustainability Section Challenge each year, including events that encourage carpooling, biking to school, reducing paper usage, and bringing reusable cups to campus to reduce cafeteria waste.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$135,397
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
95%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
49%
School Facilitiated
33%
Unknown
18%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
74%
School Facilitiated
15%
Unknown Facilitiated
11%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Consulting
23%
Finance/Accounting
21%
General Management
14%
Marketing
5%
Other
2%
Operations/Logistics

Graduates Employed by Region

25%
West
22%
Northeast
17%
South
11%
Midwest
9%
Southwest
8%
International
6%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

Given that Duke is one of the country’s premier business schools, it’s no surprise that post-graduation “job prospects are top notch.” Helping in that area is the fact that students can turn to a “strong alumni network in the South,” one that’s typically “open to help with anything.” So while a handful of individuals do feel that “the Career Management Center has room to improve”—they specifically mention that the office could be “a little more in tune with what employers are expecting in job interviews and cover letters”—fortunately, others report that the school is “taking things in the right direction” and that “great companies recruit on campus,” including numerous healthcare firms. Plus, it’s a testament that you can find graduates at leading corporations like Amazon, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company, Credit Suisse, Google, McKinsey & Company, and the IBM Corporation.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 34% $150,000 $149,970 $85,000 $180,000
Finance / Accounting 23% $150,000 $135,999 $70,000 $325,000
General Management 21% $125,000 $123,273 $50,000 $170,000
Marketing / Sales 14% $123,500 $120,772 $45,000 $155,000
Other 5% $130,000 $124,273 $102,000 $140,000
Operations / Logistics 2% $127,500 $124,500 $92,000 $140,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 32% $150,500 $150,986 $85,000 $180,000
Technology 23% $130,250 $127,389 $45,000 $170,000
Financial Services 20% $150,000 $143,235 $90,000 $325,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 8% $118,008 $116,620 $97,500 $130,000
Consumer Products 5% $115,000 $116,585 $105,000 $135,450
Manufacturing 3% $125,416 $127,564 $100,000 $150,000
Other 2% $105,000 $97,500 $90,000 $135,000
Media / Entertainment 1%
Non-profit 1%
Petroleum / Energy 1%
Real Estate 1%

Prominent Alumni

Timothy D. Cook
CEO, Apple, Inc.

Melinda French Gates
Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tom Finke
Chairman and CEO, Barings

Michael W. Lamach
Chairman and CEO, Ingersoll-Rand

Demetrio Carceller
Executive President and CEO, DAMM Group

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$70,000
Tuition (Out-State)
$70,000
Fees (In-State)
$3,947
Fees (Out-State)
$3,947

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,699
Academic Expenses
$666

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
835

Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

16.36%
Underrepresented Minorities
38.00%
International

40% female
60% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Simply put, “the culture of Fuqua is outstanding.” Perhaps this can be attributed to an admissions committee that “screens heavily for personality (placing more emphasis on fit than other factors like GMAT [scores]).” As such, they continually manage to attract “kind,” “collaborative,” and “humble” individuals who are “willing to go out of their way to help others.” Indeed, “Students at Fuqua care about one another and are more interested in lifting each other up … than just the competition of getting a good job/receiving the best offer.” As a result of that attention to personality, “there doesn’t seem to be one particular [academic] area that has more weight than others (e.g., finance over consulting over marketing).”

As for what’s to enjoy at Duke beyond the coursework, the university “provides programming to enhance the experience like outside speakers (CEOs of major companies like Procter & Gamble, Bank of America, and Redwoods).” Additionally, Duke “hosts fun networking activities like baseball games, trivia nights, and arcade nights,” and there’s also “Fuqua Friday every week, where all members of the community, from professors to students and their families, gather together for dinner.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Shari Hubert
Associate Dean of Admissions

Address
100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States

Phone
919-660-7705

Fax
919-681-8026

Email
admissions-info@fuqua.duke.edu


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