The Fuqua School of Business at Duke

Program Overview

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke seeks to “provide the highest quality education for business and academic leaders and promote the advancement of the understanding and practice of management through research.”

Often credited as one of the world’s top 10 business schools, Fuqua offers several ways to attain an MBA based on a student’s experience, needs, and stage in life. The standard two-year, full-time program is taught in six-week terms. In all of the MBA programs, Fuqua stresses a focused but flexible curriculum. Because Daytime MBA courses are only six weeks long, students can take more courses—as many as four per term.

Like Duke University as a whole, Fuqua is a largely team-based program that encourages community and fosters a collective spirit. The school looks for students who will inspire each other and positively impact their peers. Fuqua promotes and encourages social interaction and intentionally seeks a diverse mix of students from various academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds.

Unlike some programs that remain distinctly separate from their universities, the Fuqua student body is highly involved in campus activities. The Blue Devils’ history of athletic excellence creates an enjoyable pastime for Fuqua sports fans, and the wealth of involvement opportunities, both inside Fuqua and at the university as a whole, create opportunities for leadership and personal growth.

Having said that, Fuqua draws highly intelligent and motivated students, so class competition is natural, especially under a “relative grading” system. Fuqua hopes its rigorous coursework and talented student body will push students to reach their potential and approach the practice of business in innovative ways.

Duke Fuqua’s acceptance rate is 22%, and the school ranks #12 in the 2024-2025 US News Best Business Schools rankings.

Fuqua Class of 2025 Key Statistics
Applicants: 3,292
Entering Full-Time MBA Students: 385
GMAT Range: 670-760 (Middle 80%)
GPA: 3.1-3.89 (Middle 80%)
GRE verbal/Quant Combined Range: 306-330 (Middle 80%)
EA Range: 146-161 (Middle 80%)
Average Age: 29
Average Work Experience: 6 years
Rolling Admissions: No
Women: 45%
International Students: 47%
Partnered: 36%
U.S. Students of Color: 40%
U.S. Underrepresented Students of Color: 27%
US Military: 19%
First Generation: 18%

Fuqua Important Dates
Early Action: September 4, 2024
Round 1 Deadline: October 1, 2024
Round 2 Deadline: January 9, 2025
Round 3 Deadline: February 20, 2025
Round 4 Deadline: April 3, 2025


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