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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 14 core courses are completed in the first year, with four 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. Students may choose from 16 concentrations which include energy finance, leadership & ethics, management and marketing.

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: 12
• Bloomberg: 20
• Forbes: 14
• Financial Times: 9
• The Economist: 11

Class Profile

The Duke Fuqua full-time MBA Class of 2022 features 408 total students. Those students are 29-years old, on average, and have 5.6 years of work experience. About 46 percent of the class is female, with 38 percent minority students, and 38 percent international students.

The average GMAT score of the class is 700, and the undergraduate GPA is 3.47.

Career Statistics

According to the most recent Duke Fuqua full-time MBA employment report, about 93 percent of graduates earned a job offer within three months of earning their degree, with 91 percent accepting their offers. The average base salary among graduates that reported data was $135,935 per year, with a signing bonus average of $35,032. By function, consulting drew the most students with 33% of graduates accepting jobs in that field. Twenty-two percent of the most recent class pursued a career in finance and 18% in general management.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated tuition for the Duke Fuqua full-time MBA program is currently $70,000. With added living expenses and cost of supplies, the first year total comes to $97,741. 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.

Daytime MBA Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Interview Decision Sent Final Decision Release  Deposit Deadline
Early Action Sept. 2, 2021 Sept. 20, 2021 Oct. 14, 2021 Dec. 1, 2021
Round 1 Oct. 11, 2021 Nov. 8, 2021 Dec. 15, 2021 Feb. 18, 2022
Round 2 Jan. 5, 2022 Feb. 2, 2022 Mar. 16, 2022 Apr. 25, 2022
Round 3 Mar. 24, 2022 Apr. 7, 2022 Apr. 29, 2022 May 13, 2022

* International applicants should apply in EA, Round 1, and Round 2 to allow time for visa processing.

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