Are you targeting the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University? Then let the brainstorming begin! The Duke MBA essays for the 2020-2021 admissions season are here.
According to Assistant Dean of Admissions Allison Jamison, the team decided to make some changes to the Duke MBA essays this cycle. “We understand the essay portion of the application is the most time-consuming,” she acknowledges. “But it shares a lot of information about you that we cannot get from a test score or resume,” she explains.
Duke MBA Essays
For 2020-2021, applicants will now answer just one short-answer question about post-MBA career goals.
Required Short-Answer Essay Question
Instructions: Answer the following question in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).
What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.
First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself
Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.
For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world.
These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept 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.
Second Required Essay: the Fuqua Community and You
Instructions: Your response should be no more than 300 words.
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, what are the three most meaningful ways you expect to engage and contribute to our community outside of the classroom?
Jamison hopes this updated essay question will allow applicants to focus on things that spark their interest. “While there are so many opportunities available, one of the first skills you must develop as a student is how to prioritize what’s most important to you,” she notes.
What you share with the admissions committee will offer insight into the unique contributions you will bring to the class, Jamison adds.
Tell us more
If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.
Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.
For more information on applying, please visit the Duke Fuqua MBA admissions website. If you need guidance on your Duke MBA essays and application or wish to discuss your business school plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!