What Makes Fuqua Different
Collaborative leadership. One of Fuqua’s key differentiating factors is its emphasis on collaborative leadership. Other than Kellogg and perhaps UCLA Anderson, few business schools can cite that as the program’s most distinguishing feature to the degree that Fuqua can. At Duke, collaboration is evident in the “Team Fuqua” philosophy and in the emphasis on student involvement across the educational experience. Many business schools emphasize leadership, but Fuqua’s simultaneous emphasis on collaboration sets it apart from many of the school’s peers.
Expanding reach. Fuqua claims to be “rethinking the boundaries of business school,” and has systematically broadened its reach geographically, taking advantage of Duke University’s global reputation to become the only business school that has a firm presence in major centers around the world. It has also expanded its demographic reach by offering compelling options to students in various phases of their careers and from different populations. The latest example is its new Master of Management Studies (MMS) offered at the Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. The MMS is a 10-month program designed for students coming directly from undergraduate with little or no work experience.
Leaders of consequence. Duke has a stated goal to create so-called “leaders of consequence,” a phrase that was coined by former dean Blair Sheppard around 2008 when he assumed leadership. The phrase has since been refined to “global leaders of consequence.” This concept is so important, in fact, that it comes into play within the Fuqua admissions criteria. While a concrete definition is lacking, suffice it to say that Duke feels a leader of consequence is adaptable, down to earth, and ethical. In terms of an application, Duke’s admissions team is looking for applicants who have made a difference in their jobs and in their communities, and who seek an MBA from Fuqua in their quest to make a real impact on the world in the future.
Open Interviews. Another unique feature of the Duke MBA is its Open Interview process: The school strongly encourages candidates to travel to Durham and visit campus to interview with a student. This Open Interview option is available only in the earliest part of the admissions cycle each year, and is scheduled for September 8 to October 6, 2016. Scheduling opens in August for these limited slots. You need not have your application completed in advance of the Open Interview; it is characterized more as an “evaluation” than an interview. Participating in the Open Interview process is a great opportunity not only to explore campus and meet students but also to demonstrate your interest in the program.
Among top business schools, only the Tuck School at Dartmouth College has a similar open interview offering. Both programs have very distinct, tight-knit cultures located off the beaten path, and the schools want candidates to come experience it for themselves before deciding to apply. This also helps improve the quality of the applications, since candidates can really get to know the program and speak with some authority about how they will best leverage Fuqua opportunities and resources. Additional details on interviewing at Duke are provided in the Interview section of this Guide.