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Duke University, Fuqua School of Business Executive MBA

Outrageous ambition, multi-disciplinary study and a strong culture define Fuqua. As the first truly global business school, Fuqua students across six master’s programs benefit from diverse cohorts, the unique “Team Fuqua” culture, and tailored curriculum offerings that prepare them for a dynamic, global 21st Century workplace. As a member of the Duke community and with some of the most productive faculty in the world, Fuqua offers many opportunities for multi-disciplinary education. Fuqua strives to develop leaders of consequence who do good and do well by valuing the greater mission above personal pursuits.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 85
Tuition (Total) $158,600

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Duke University The Fuqua School of Business Says

Outrageous ambition, multi-disciplinary study and a strong culture define Fuqua. As the first truly global business school, Fuqua students across six master’s programs benefit from diverse cohorts, the unique “Team Fuqua” culture, and tailored curriculum offerings that prepare them for a dynamic, global 21st Century workplace. As a member of the Duke community and with some of the most productive faculty in the world, Fuqua offers many opportunities for multi-disciplinary education. Fuqua strives to develop leaders of consequence who do good and do well by valuing the greater mission above personal pursuits.

Specializations Offered: Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Finance, Marketing, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: Weekend Executive MBA.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#14 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#1 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers
#3 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals
#3 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#6 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#10 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#5 Best Campus Facilities
#8 Best Classroom Experience
#9 Most Family Friendly

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 24% accepted out of 3506 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.42
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $200

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admission to Fuqua is highly competitive; you will have the best chance of acceptance if you apply as early in the admissions cycle as possible. The admissions committee does not have any minimum GMAT scores or GPA requirements. However, for the class of 2011, the GMAT range for students in the 25th to 75th percentile was 650–720, while the average...Admission to Fuqua is highly competitive; you will have the best chance of acceptance if you apply as early in the admissions cycle as possible. The admissions committee does not have any minimum GMAT scores or GPA requirements. However, for the class of 2011, the GMAT range for students in the 25th to 75th percentile was 650–720, while the average GPA range was 3.14 to 3.63.

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Important Dates

Round 1
April

2

Deadline
May

13

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 900
Percent International Students 39%
Total Full-Time Faculty 137
Full-Time Faculty 92%

Student Life

Student leadership is a key component of the Fuqua experience, and “The business school activities and clubs are solely student-run.” As a result, “Day-to-day life is very busy between classes, career search, clubs, and social activity.” A student shares, “The workload (class, career search, club related) is very challenging and prepares you well for the busy life of an executive.” But, with 24 hours in the day, there is even time for fun. A student marvels, “I work at 100% capacity but somehow still manage to enjoy a dynam­ic social life.” In fact, “Team Fuqua”—as the business school community is fondly called—is a “friendly” and “tight-knit” group. As “most people come to Durham just for business school,” you’ll find “an instant community whose members bond very quickly and socialize very often.” A popular event is the weekly “Fuqua Friday,” a happy hour during which “students, partners, children, professors and administrators can decom­press and have some fun.” In addition, students get together for “lots of parties and bar­becues at apartment complexes.” For married students (which comprise about a third of the population), “The school also has a great community of spouses and partners who meet regularly which makes it easier for those who are married or in relationships.”On campus, “The facilities are amazing. There is a new building with high end technol­ogy, a top library, and 58 team rooms.” When it comes to surrounding Durham, most stu­dents praise the school’s comfortable “suburban location” in a city that “affords a good quality of life.” Among other benefits, there is “a plethora of affordable housing,” and “the weather is nice for most of the year.”

Career

With an excellent reputation and accomplished student body, there is “a wide breadth of com­panies for each discipline” who recruit on the Duke campus. In recent years, top recruiters included Apple, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Citi, Deloitte, Golman Sachs, Google, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey, and Microsoft. While some students hail the Career Management Center’s ample contacts and recruiters, other say they would like to continue to see the school work toward implementing a “better off-campus strategy for students,” a goal that the Center has recently addressed with a new, proprietary model for organizing and implementing an off-campus search. Most students note that given the current trouble in the economy, the school has responded adequately; “They have added additional sessions throughout the week to make sure students have the resources they need to have a successful job search.” Further, “50 to 60 students formally assist—via Career Management Center— other students to critique resume, cover letter, and interview skills.” Others relay the desire for the Center to continue to “improve in building relationships with international employers.” Though, as the school notes, with more than 9 out of 10 students citing the U.S. as their preferred destination post-graduation, student employment interests have traditionally been focused in the U.S. despite the fact that Fuqua’s student population is very global.

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Students Say

Students come to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business for many reasons. For some, “the opportunity to be associated with one of the premier universities in the world” is an obvious advantage, while others cite the school’s “strong social entrepreneurship program.” The “culture of diversity,” “international programs,” and “focus on developing global busi­ness leaders,” are other highly attractive qualities of a Fuqua education, as are the school’s many institutes and abundant areas of study. Across the board, however, almost everyone agrees that the “incredible atmosphere of collaboration” and “emphasis on teamwork” make Fuqua stand out. Both inside and outside the classroom, Fuqua maintains “an envi­ronment that highly values (and teaches) principles of communication and inter-connection between people.” Coursework is collaborative, teamwork is integrated throughout the cur­riculum, and students are encouraged to take leadership roles in the school community. In fact, “The challenge from the administration to be leaders of consequence is woven through­out our activities, not just a trite phrase mentioned during orientation.” A student details, “The administration gives students the freedom to shape much of our experience, and has an open-door policy when we need to confront any situations that might arise, even for items as small as thermostat settings in classrooms.” In fact, “Much of the day-to-day activ­ities of the school are student-run,” and even “core functions of the school, such as admis­sions and career management, have great leadership opportunities for current students.” With such an active and robust student experience, many feel that Duke offers “the best blend of academics and atmosphere of any of the top business schools.” The Duke MBA–Daytime begins with a four-week term called the “Global Institute,” designed to develop international business and leadership skills. Thereafter, Duke’s curricu­lum is organized into a series of six-week terms, during which students take a blend of elec­tives and required core courses. “Taught by seasoned, senior faculty,” “the core classes truly prepare you for every aspect of business.” There is also a “plentiful” selection of electives (more than 100, at present), which adds “a great blend of breadth and depth” to the pro­gram. As a part of an internationally renowned university, Duke’s “phenomenal” faculty is “widely recognized for its prolific research output,” yet “very devoted to classes they teach.” Each class crams “a full semester of material into a six week term.” Therefore, you’ll “learn a lot in a short period of time”—and be amply challenged, at that. A dazzled student exclaims, “The academic experience is the best one can get in the world; I have learned more in these two years than in my five years of college and 10 years of experience combined.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Fuqua offers a wide range of computing technologies and services that provide support for our world-renowned faculty as they conduct research across various disciplines. All Fuqua PhD students are provided dual-processor high-performance workstations connected to dedicated servers, compute clusters and virtualized compute grids. The PhD software environment includes SAS, SAS/Grid, Stata, SPSS, Matlab, Systat, Gauss, Scientific Workplace, EndNote, Acrobat, Authorware, and Photoshop.

    Research computing support at Fuqua includes: • Data management -- documenting, retrieving, processing, cleansing, transferring, archiving, merging and editing data to build custom databases from existing data, external data sources, or self-collected data.

    • Access to research databases (e.g., WRDS, CRSPLink, TAQ, etc.)

    • Statistical analysis and programming, including programming for specialized projects related to research, experimental design, and database interfaces, a full-range of quantitative analyses, and development of time-saving applications to automate and enhance research. • Software support, including advice, acquisition, license management for research software, and informal training and troubleshooting • Hardware support -- Fuqua’s research server environment provides faculty access to custom research databases and high-performance processing and enterprise-level network storage environment for processing and archiving research data.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International Center plus: Asian Business Club, Canadian Business Club, European Business Club, Indus, International Business Club, Latin American Student Association

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Fuqua Pride http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/glsa/glsa.htm

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/awib/index.htm http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/blmbao/index.html http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/lasa/index.htm

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Academic Fellows/Academic Cabinet of Fuqua's MBA Association

  • Research Facilities:

    Fuqua offers a wide range of computing technologies and services that provide support for our world-renowned faculty as they conduct research across various disciplines. All Fuqua PhD students are provided dual-processor high-performance workstations connected to dedicated servers, compute clusters and virtualized compute grids. The PhD software environment includes SAS, SAS/Grid, Stata, SPSS, Matlab, Systat, Gauss, Scientific Workplace, EndNote, Acrobat, Authorware, and Photoshop.

    Research computing support at Fuqua includes: • Data management -- documenting, retrieving, processing, cleansing, transferring, archiving, merging and editing data to build custom databases from existing data, external data sources, or self-collected data.

    • Access to research databases (e.g., WRDS, CRSPLink, TAQ, etc.)

    • Statistical analysis and programming, including programming for specialized projects related to research, experimental design, and database interfaces, a full-range of quantitative analyses, and development of time-saving applications to automate and enhance research. • Software support, including advice, acquisition, license management for research software, and informal training and troubleshooting • Hardware support -- Fuqua’s research server environment provides faculty access to custom research databases and high-performance processing and enterprise-level network storage environment for processing and archiving research data.

  • Study Abroad:

    We currently have 42 reciprocal exchange programs, in 30 different countries. 1) ARGENTINA UADE 2) AUSTRALIA Australian Graduate School of Management; Melbourne Business School 3) AUSTRIA Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration 4) BRAZIL FGV/EAESP (Sao Paulo) 5) CANADA UBC Sauder School of Business 6) CHILE PUC 7) CHINA Guanghua SOM; CUHK; CEIBS; Tsinghua SEM; HKUST 8) COSTA RICA INCAE 9) CZECH REPUBLIC Prague School of Economics 10) FINLAND Aalto School of Economics 11) FRANCE ESSEC; HEC 12) GERMANY University of Cologne 13) INDIA Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore; Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad; Indian School of Business 14) ISRAEL Recanati Graduate School of Business 15) ITALY SDA Bocconi 16) JAPAN Keio University 17) MEXICO ITAM 18) NETHERLANDS Rotterdam School Management 19) NEW ZEALAND University of Otago School of Business 20) NORWAY NHH-Bergen 21) PHILIPPINES AIM 22) POLAND Warsaw School of Economics* 23) SINGAPORE National University of Singapore 24) SOUTH AFRICA University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business; University of Witwatersrand Wits Business School 25) SPAIN IESE Business School at the University of Navarra; ESADE 26) SWEDEN Stockholm School of Economics 27) SWITZERLAND University of St. Gallen 28) THAILAND SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration 29) TURKEY Bogazici 30) UNITED KINGDOM London School of Economics; London Business School; University of Edinburgh

  • Women Support Groups:

    Association of Women in Business http://mbaa.fuqua.duke.edu/awib/awib.htm

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Duke University The Fuqua School of Business include:

Malvinder Singh - Group Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited & Parkway Holdings Limited

L. Kevin Kelly - CEO, Heidrick & Struggles

Michael W. Lamach - Chariman, President and CEO, Ingersoll Rand

Timothy D. Cook - Acting CEO, Apple Inc.

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

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $92,828

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte Consulting, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Boston Consulting Group, Samsung

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 42% $100,088
Technical 37% $104,917
Marketing / Sales 29% $97,647
Consulting 28% $111,907
Finance / Accounting 23% $94,728
Other 21% $101,016
Consulting 20% $119,946
Financial Services 18% $96,154
General Management 13% $103,310
Other 13% $99,611
Manufacturing 7% $97,307
Operations / Logistics 4% $106,700
Other 3% $100,286
Non Profit 2% $77,816

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 64%
Three Month Employment 77%
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