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Fuqua School of Business – Duke University - Full-Time MBA

Fuqua School of Business Full-Time MBA Program Structure

Students in the 22-month Duke Fuqua full-time MBA program, better known as the Daytime MBA, begin the program with a month-long immersion and orientation. This leg of the MBA features, “three courses that emphasize leadership in a global society,” according to the school.

The remaining first-year schedule of the Daytime MBA is broken up between four six-week semesters, which are split by winter and spring breaks. Classes are usually held twice per week, lasting just over two hours per session. Approximately 13 core courses are completed in the first year, with five or more electives. The majority of the second year in the program features elective courses, designed around the student’s individual career goals in mind.


After orientation and the Global Institute program in the summer, first-year students are paired off into teams of four to five. Together, those students complete group projects and courses. The majority of courses completed in the first fall of the program are core courses, with students beginning to integrate electives by the spring semester. After a four-day Re-orientation and Consequential Leadership II program, second year students continue their education, which usually features around three elective courses per semester.

Elective options are available for the following types of courses: accounting; decision sciences; economics; energy and environment; finance; health sector management; leadership; management and organizations; marketing; operations management; and strategy. There are 100 elective options for Daytime MBA students.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

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

Class Profile

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.

The average GMAT score of the class is 702, and the undergraduate GPA is 3.5.

Career Statistics

According to the most recent Duke Fuqua full-time MBA employment report, about 96 percent of graduates earned a job offer within three months of earning their degree, with 94 percent accepting their offers. The average base salary among graduates that reported data was $127,874 per year, with a signing bonus average of $33,202. About 82 percent of the most recent class reported a signing bonus offering, which ranged from as little as $4,200, to as high as $100,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated tuition for the Duke Fuqua full-time MBA program is currently $68,200. With added living expenses and cost of supplies, the first year total comes to $94,385. The school estimates tuition rates to rise at around 4 percent annually.

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based loans. U.S. applicants can help finance their education through Federal direct unsubsidized loans and graduates plus loans, as well as private loans. International applicants can apply to the International Student Loan Program, which does not require co-sign assistance.

Full-time nonprofit and government employees are eligible for the The Rex and Ellen Adams Loan Assistance Program, which helps select students with loan forgiveness awards. U.S. military veterans and service members can also help fund their education through the Yellow Ribbon program.


In order to apply to the Duke Fuqua full-time MBA program, applicants must submit:

A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Answers to three short essay questions (500 character limit, each), two longer-form essay questions, and an additional optional long-form essay question
• A resume
• Two letters of recommendation
• GMAT/GRE scores (no minimum required)
• A nonrefundable $225 application fee

All applicants are subject to interviews before admission.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Three

Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Interview Decision: Jan. 31, 2020
Decision Released: March 18, 2020

Round Four

Application Deadline: March 11, 2020
Interview Decision: March 25, 2020
Decision Released: April 20, 2020

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