Overview

Applicants
3,796
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
5.4
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
690 - 730
GPA
3.32 - 3.70

Deadlines


Round 1
September 12

Round 2
October 10

Round 3
January 3

Round 4
March 20

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
145

66
Full-time
34
Part-time
23
Female
5
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is all about “Team Fuqua,” a “brand that lives up to its name.” This “special” culture of cooperation and collaboration underlies largely student-run programming which “makes for an awesome academic environment” and upholds “a principle of authentic engagement, reflected in the broad array of high-level guest speakers, …refinement…of the curriculum, and the accessibility of school leadership.” The strong collaboration among students, faculty who are “up to date with the latest industry trends,” and a “responsive” administration add up to a school that runs like a “well-oiled machine.” Students note that Fuqua’s curriculum tends to be “more academic than ‘of practice,’” with “acclaimed” and “prestigious” faculty balancing their time at the university teaching with their own dedicated research. The nix on “electronics in the classroom creates a very engaged group of students that are eager to participate and challenge the topics covered.” Fuqua’s administration “cares about student input”: “student idea sessions…and other focus groups” can lead to “rapid changes on issues affecting women and international students, creation of new study areas,” and so on. Concentrations and programs of note include the health sector management certificate (which capitalizes on opportunities with Duke hospital) and the decision sciences programs as well as the finance and accounting concentrations. Finally, the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) provides students who are looking to move into the social sector invaluable leadership training.

Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Organizational Behavior
Product Management
RN/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Analytics and Information Management
Business Administration
Business Foundations
Data Analytics
Data Science

Certificate Programs

Data Analytics
Finance
Healthcare Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Sustainability-minded students at Duke?s Fuqua School of Business can choose from an array of MBA concentrations such as the MBA in Energy & Environment, MBA in Energy Finance, or Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA) degree, which draw on campus-wide resources and enable students to enhance their MBA skillset by gaining specialized expertise in such areas as corporate sustainability, environmental management, energy science and policy, global energy markets, environmental law, and other topics. The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment provides Duke MBAs with a unique opportunity to learn about today's most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. One of these courses, "Business Strategy for Sustainability", touches on integrating sustainability as a business and a key to competitive advantage. Fuqua's sustainability elective, "Business Strategy for Sustainability" course description below: Global challenges such as urbanization, food security, water crises, inequality, natural resource degradation, and climate change increasingly present material risks to corporations. Yet these same trends can create profitable opportunities for companies if innovation is harnessed to create products and business models that provide solutions for growing global markets. As these challenges grow, companies are increasingly integrating sustainability as a business imperative and a key to competitive advantage. In the course, we will examine how businesses assess their risks and opportunities, and how they develop strategies to promote more sustainable practices. We will assess challenges in different firms, industries and geographies, and evaluate how these differences affect corporate strategy and practice. Class sessions will combine case studies, lectures, guest speakers, and interactive activities. Students also touch on sustainability topics in the MBA core class Global Institutions and Environments. https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/edge/

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Students pursuing joint MBA/Master of Environmental Management degrees participate in sustainability research projects, including life cycle energy cost analyses for local businesses and NGOs. Specific projects include developing ways to reduce lighting energy costs at manufacturing facilities; identifying appropriate heating and cooling systems based on environmental impact and purchase and maintenance costs; ascertaining energy efficiency and projected return on investment; and preparing detailed sustainability reports for clients' engineers and facility managers. Through Fuqua's Client Consulting Practicum, students are able to work on sustainability projects in the United States and internationally. Recent projects have focused on producer take-back in retailing and on low-impact and low-emissions strategies in urban development.

School's environmental commitment 1:
1. Duke?s Fuqua School of Business has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and fully supports Duke?s drive to be a truly sustainable institution. Fuqua promotes environmental responsibility through degree programs and educational centers, interest groups and volunteer activities. Leveraging programs throughout the university, Fuqua offers the 3-year Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA) and Master of Forestry/Master of Business Administration (MF/MBA) degrees. These are among the preeminent business and environment joint degree programs in the world. We also offer the MBA with concentrations in Energy and the Environment (for students to gain specialized expertise in corporate sustainability, environmental management and law, and energy science, policy, and entrepreneurship) and also in Energy Finance (a deep dive into issues of project finance, markets and trading, corporate finance, and risk management, with a grounding in global energy markets).

School's environmental commitment 2:
2. The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke?s Fuqua School of Business prepares current and future business leaders to understand and respond effectively to the interrelated global challenges of energy, development, and the environment. Students participate in local volunteer programs such as Habitat for Humanity as part of team development exercises. Student-led clubs with sustainability focus include the Net Impact club, Duke MBA Energy club, and the Duke MEM/MBA club. Students in the Net Impact club host the annual Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) conference, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast, educating participants on opportunities to generate positive and sustainable change through business.

School's environmental commitment 3:
3. The Fuqua campus also reflects our commitment to sustainability, with energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, as well as water-saving devices throughout. Construction of Fuqua?s JB Duke Hotel and renovation of the Thomas Executive Conference Center was completed January 2017 and included all new infrastructure to improve energy and water efficiency, sustainable construction and design, indoor environmental quality, and landscaping to reduce runoff. Through the use of efficient transportation options and participation in waste reduction through single-stream recycling, composting, and use of reusable utensils and food containers, our students, faculty, and staff all contribute to lowering our school?s carbon footprint.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$122,989
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
93%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
71%
School Facilitiated
18%
Graduate Facilitated
11%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
75%
School Facilitiated
14%
Unknown Facilitiated
11%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

35%
Consulting
25%
Finance/Accounting
20%
General Management
13%
Marketing
4%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Other
1%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

26%
Northeast
24%
West
20%
South
14%
Midwest
11%
International
10%
Southwest
6%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

Fuqua boasts strength in healthcare management work opportunities at Duke Hospital, which is regularly done “through a team consulting project (FCCP) or an independent experimental learning program (DUHELP).” Students emphasize that the Team Fuqua culture means students will “prep each other for cases and interviews, even if they are interviewing for the same job.” Says one student: “It was very common for students to organize small teams to help each other practice the consulting case-style interview. This seems to be unusual for top-tier business schools as students at other top schools will not so much as acknowledge each other in an interview waiting room, much less help each other prepare for an interview.” Beyond healthcare, there is also an “increased venture capital/private equity focus,” “marketing and technology” recruiting opportunities, and “top recruiting from blue chips and tech,” including companies like “Amazon, Nike, General Motors, Apple, and Dell.” Students are further supported in their job search by the “amazing” and “strong” alumni network.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 35% $140,000 $134,045 $75,000 $170,000
Finance / Accounting 25% $125,000 $120,366 $64,000 $185,000
General Management 20% $120,000 $114,168 $55,000 $152,000
Marketing / Sales 13% $114,500 $116,318 $75,000 $156,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $130,000 $125,692 $72,500 $152,500
Other 3% $115,000 $105,438 $61,000 $130,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 33% $140,000 $134,445 $75,000 $170,000
Financial Services 20% $125,000 $122,970 $60,000 $200,000
Technology 19% $121,000 $124,030 $75,000 $156,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9% $120,000 $112,168 $52,000 $130,000
Consumer Products 5% $106,000 $107,353 $72,000 $145,000
Petroleum / Energy 3% $117,000 $117,056 $100,000 $130,000
Manufacturing 2% $107,500 $107,026 $90,000 $115,000
Non-profit 2%
Other 2% $120,000 $111,200 $61,000 $130,000

Prominent Alumni

Timothy D. Cook
CEO, Apple, Inc.

Melinda French Gates
Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael W. Lamach
Chairman & CEO, Ingersoll-Rand

David B. Snow, Jr.
Chairman & CEO, Cedar Gate Technologies, LLC

Thomas M. Finke
Chairman and CEO, Barings

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$59,048

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$21,915

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
74%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
48%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
76%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
51%

New Students Receiving Loans
54%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$65,665
Tuition (Out-State)
$65,665
Fees (In-State)
$3,677
Fees (Out-State)
$3,677

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,800
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,800
Academic Expenses
$7,146

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
876

Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

10.84%
Underrepresented Minorities
38.13%
International

34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Team Fuqua or Melrose Place? “Pretty much everyone in the b-school lives at three apartment complexes…right next to each other,” says one student. “It makes it feel like a ‘grown-up’ dorm situation where your friends are all around.” The “intensity” of the program is “front-loaded,” with the quarter system “mak[ing] each academic session a 6-week sprint,” but after the first year, it’s “relatively calm,” with opportunities to get together recreationally for “golfing, hiking, tennis” or to watch “collegiate athletics at the highest level.” “Fuqua Fridays” allow students to get together with their families as the school provides food and drinks. Families feel like “an integral part” of the community, with an on-campus preschool and daycare facility of which parents “can’t speak more highly.” Durham is a “wonderful mix of city and small town” that’s “affordable” and “accessible” and has a “vibrant LGBTQ+ community.” The city also offers “an unreal local food and craft brewery scene,” and “outdoor trails for biking and hiking.” “I think the fact that Durham is not a big city plays to Fuqua’s advantage,” says one student.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Shari Hubert
Associate Dean of Admissions

Address
100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States

Phone
919-660-7705

Fax
919-681-8026

Email
admissions-info@fuqua.duke.edu


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