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Fuqua School of Business – Duke University


The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University was originally founded as the Graduate School of Business Administration in 1969—nearly 131 years after the university’s original founding. The Durham, North Carolina business school received large donations from Virginia businessman and philanthropist J.B. Fuqua, who helped establish his career borrowing books from the Duke University library, which later renamed the business school in his honor.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 10 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 20
• Forbes: 14
• Financial Times: 19
• The Economist: 11


The Fuqua School of Business is in the West Campus region of Duke University. The Fuqua School of Business has a renown international program, with a litany of international partnerships and exchange programs, which can be more fully explored here.

The central campus is located less than 20 miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.


The main facility of the 490,550 square-foot Fuqua campus is the Fox Student Center, which connects the school’s main wings and provides students and faculty living and dining spaces, as well as a picturesque indoor garden. Breeden Hall, built in 2008, houses the school’s MBA admissions offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, and the Ford Library.


There are currently 140 full-time faculty members at the Fuqua School of Business teaching across 11 concentration fields.

Student Body

The Duke Fuqua School of Business Daytime MBA Class of 2020 features 440 total students. Those students are 29-years old, on average and have 5.6 years of work experience. About 42 percent of the class is female, with 30 percent minority students, and 38 percent international students.

Fuqua’s Global Executive MBA Class of 2019 features 94 students. An estimated 33 percent of the class is female, with 38 percent of students holding international citizenship. The age range for the class is 25-54, with 5-30 years of experience per student.

The Weekend EMBA Class is slightly larger than the Global alternative, with 131 students in the Class of 2019. About 25 percent of the class is female. The age range is 28-54-years old, and the work experience range is 5-27 years.

MBA Degree Offerings

The Duke University Fuqua School of Business offers three MBA programs: the full-time, Daytime MBA; the Global Executive MBA; and the Weekend Executive MBA. In addition, the school provides four joint degree options and a dual degree in partnership with Seoul National University.

For students looking to earn other master’s degree options, Fuqua also offers a 10-month Master of Management Studies, and the 10-month global master’s program that takes place both in Durham, NC, and Duke’s China campus in Kunshan.


Why is work experience important for your Duke Fuqua MBA application?

Why is work experience important for your Duke Fuqua MBA application? Ashleigh Carroll explains the importance of work experience. Admissions: How to pronounce Fuqua: Come Visit Campus:!/#%2F Connect with a student: In addition to the one required recommendation, you may provide additional endorsements from our alumni or current students:

Duke Fuqua: Inside the Admissions Committee

The Duke Fuqua Admissions team spoke about The Duke MBA - Daytime application process. This session included helpful information about the application process, and provided insightful application tips.

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