Fuqua Is a Good Fit for You If…
You’ve got some work experience under your belt. Fuqua traditionally prefers that students in the Daytime MBA have about five years of work experience, though there is some flexibility on this requirement for stellar candidates. Typically, less than 1% of the class is admitted with no work experience at all.
You’re a younger candidate who wants core management training. The MMS degree is a great option for those coming straight from college. These degrees have been popular in Europe, and Duke is one of the early adopters in the U.S. The Cross-Continent MBA also sometimes accepts students with a little less work experience (though some professional experience—and a current job—are definitely required).
You’re interested in a truly unique international MBA education. If your career has already put you in the international arena, Duke’s Cross–Continent MBA and Global Executive MBA programs are definitely worth investigating. Duke’s focus on global business is evident across the entire school, making the North Carolina campus more diverse than might be expected.
You want to go into health care. There are few other programs that offer the depth and breadth of healthcare management that is available at Duke. For those looking to accelerate their progression in an existing career, or for someone interested in transitioning over to hospital management, clinical outcomes, or the payer side, Duke’s Health Sector Management MBA and the other educational options are hard to beat.
You want to go into energy, including alternative and renewable energy. If you want to go into investment banking and become a sell-side commodities analyst, you want to push innovations in alternative energy, or you care about sustainability in business, Duke may be the right place for you. Fuqua is increasing its attentions in these critical areas, and it could therefore be a great choice to launch or reposition your career.
You are a woman or a U.S. minority. Fuqua has been actively catering to these different populations, perhaps even more so than other top American business programs.
You’re willing to visit the campus. If you’re willing to go to lengths to show that if accepted you’ll actually attend, you’ll become a very attractive candidate. Things like visiting the campus, participating in the Open Interview process, and mentioning that Duke is your top-choice school can go a long way here. If you don’t have the means or opportunity to visit campus, you can develop a rapport with admissions officers at one of the school’s many global informational sessions.
You aren’t a top test taker. Fuqua admissions officers are very open about the fact that they don’t focus on test scores as much as officers at peer schools. For example, the average GMAT score for Duke’s full-time Daytime MBA program is a 696; Kellogg’s is 724, 28 points higher! UCLA Anderson, which typically falls a few rankings below Fuqua, has an average score of 714. The top 10% of Fuqua’s class score a 750 or higher, which is the same as most of the top-10 MBA programs. However, the bottom 10% of the Fuqua class score a 640 or lower, which is much more generous than most top-tier programs, where the 10th percentile score tends to be around a 680 or 690. This means that if you’re a top performer academically and professionally, but struggle on standardized tests, Duke should be at the top of your list.