Overview

Applicants
3,737
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.47
Years Work Experience
5.4
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
670 - 720
GPA
3.26 - 3.74

Deadlines


Round 1
September 13

Round 2
October 13

Round 3
January 4

Round 4
March 20

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
8:1
Total Faculty
140

75
Full-time
25
Part-time
20
Female
6
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
RN/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

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

Certificate Programs

Financial Planning
Healthcare Administration

Center for Research

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


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Sustainability-minded students at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business can choose from an array of MBA concentrations such as the MBA in Energy & Environment, MBA in Energy Finance, or Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA) degree, which draw on campus-wide resources and enable students to enhance their MBA skillset by gaining specialized expertise in such areas as corporate sustainability, environmental management, energy science and policy, global energy markets, environmental law, and other topics. The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment provides Duke MBAs with a unique opportunity to learn about today's most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. One of these courses, "Business Strategy for Sustainability", touches on integrating sustainability as a business and a key to competitive advantage. Fuqua's sustainability elective, "Business Strategy for Sustainability" course description below: Global challenges such as urbanization, food security, water crises, inequality, natural resource degradation, and climate change increasingly present material risks to corporations. Yet these same trends can create profitable opportunities for companies if innovation is harnessed to create products and business models that provide solutions for growing global markets. As these challenges grow, companies are increasingly integrating sustainability as a business imperative and a key to competitive advantage. In the course, we will examine how businesses assess their risks and opportunities, and how they develop strategies to promote more sustainable practices. We will assess challenges in different firms, industries and geographies, and evaluate how these differences affect corporate strategy and practice. Class sessions will combine case studies, lectures, guest speakers, and interactive activities. Students also touch on sustainability topics in the MBA core class Global Institutions and Environments. 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. Fuqua has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and fully support 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) and also in Energy Finance (a deep dive into issues of project finance, markets and trading, corporate finance, and risk management, with a grounding in global energy markets).

School's environmental commitment 2:
2. The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business prepares current and future business leaders to understand and respond effectively to the interrelated global challenges of energy, development, and the environment. Students participate in local volunteer programs such as Habitat for Humanity as part of team development exercises. Student-led clubs with sustainability focus include the Net Impact club, Duke MBA Energy club, and the Duke MEM/MBA club. Students in the Net Impact club host the annual Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) conference, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast, educating participants on opportunities to generate positive and sustainable change through business.

School's environmental commitment 3:
3. The Fuqua campus also reflects our commitment to sustainability, with energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, as well as water-saving devices throughout. Construction of Fuqua’s JB Duke Hotel and renovation of the Thomas Executive Conference Center was completed January 2017 and 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, composting, and use of reusable utensils and food containers, our students, faculty, and staff all contribute to lowering our school’s carbon footprint.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$121,283
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
92%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
79%
School Facilitiated
14%
Graduate Facilitated
7%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
78%
School Facilitiated
12%
Graduate Facilitiated
10%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Consulting
22%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
15%
General Management
3%
Operations/Logistics
2%
Other
1%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

21%
Northeast
22%
West
20%
South
10%
International
10%
Midwest
9%
Mid-Atlantic
9%
Southwest

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% $140,000 $135,146 $75,000 $220,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $125,000 $117,136 $50,000 $150,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $107,000 $109,713 $60,000 $220,220
General Management 15% $115,000 $113,865 $70,000 $185,000
Operations / Logistics 3% $120,000 $120,444 $95,000 $130,000
Other 2% $125,000 $116,429 $50,000 $147,000
Venture Capital 2% $100,000 $96,000 $90,000 $100,000
Human Resources 1% $110,500 $110,250 $105,000 $115,000

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% $140,000 $136,049 $75,000 $220,000
Technology 19% $117,000 $118,400 $60,000 $220,220
Financial Services 18% $125,000 $119,052 $83,000 $150,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 11% $113,000 $115,500 $74,000 $185,000
Consumer Products 6% $104,000 $100,104 $65,000 $110,000
Other 4% $98,000 $99,000 $50,000 $130,000
Non-profit 3%
Petroleum / Energy 3% $110,000 $109,875 $75,000 $140,000
Manufacturing 2% $107,545 $104,886 $90,000 $120,000
Media / Entertainment 1% $117,500 $117,500 $115,000 $120,000
Real Estate 1% $95,000 $93,333 $85,000 $100,000

Prominent Alumni

Timothy D. Cook
CEO, Apple, Inc.

Melinda French Gates
co-chair and trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael W. Lamach
chairman & CEO, Ingersoll-Rand

David B. Snow, Jr.
chairman & CEO, Cedar Gate Technologies, LLC

Joseph R. Swedish
president & CEO, Anthem, Inc.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$61,775

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$22,782

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
75%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
47%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
72%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
44%

New Students Receiving Loans
53%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$63,200
Tuition (Out-State)
$63,200
Fees (In-State)
$3,517
Fees (Out-State)
$3,517

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,708
Academic Expenses
$7,060

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
897
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

17.60%
Underrepresented Minorities
40.30%
International

35% female
66% 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
Anneli Richter
Assistant Dean Office 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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