Overview

Applicants
3,737
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.47
Years Work Experience
5.4
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
670 - 720
GPA
3.26 - 3.74

Deadlines


Round 1
September 13

Round 2
October 13

Round 3
January 4

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
140

75
Full-time
25
Part-time
20
Female
6
Minority


Students Say

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina has an "excellent" reputation and "fantastic network" that "set it apart" from other MBA programs. Students here receive a holistic education as Fuqua firmly espouses that the "leaders of tomorrow [require] a well-rounded perspective of the entire business landscape, not just a focus on one area of practice." Fuqua also places an emphasis on "teamwork" which helps to foster a warm and welcoming culture. One impressed student agrees adding, "Team Fuqua [is] not just a marketing propaganda, but an actual phenomenon [that's] visible [from the moment] you visit the campus." These MBA students also proudly note that Duke's "administration and faculty are very accessible and engaged." Indeed, professors here work diligently "to make sure you are following the material and are ready to engage on tough topics after class or grab a coffee or drink and talk about life." They're also "at the top of fields" and truly want to help students "achieve [their] academic and professional goals." Just as critical, "the administration works very hard to listen to students, incorporate feedback, and improve." Of course, what students most value is that Fuqua "constantly challenges you, but also provides all the tools you need to succeed."


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. Fuqua has a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and fully support Duke’s drive to be a truly sustainable institution. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business 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
$121,283
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
92%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
79%
School Facilitiated
14%
Graduate Facilitated
7%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
78%
School Facilitiated
12%
Graduate Facilitiated
10%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Consulting
22%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
15%
General Management
3%
Operations/Logistics
2%
Other
1%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

21%
Northeast
22%
West
20%
South
10%
International
10%
Midwest
9%
Mid-Atlantic
9%
Southwest

Students Say

Duke MBA students underscore "the high placement rate" of Fuqua graduates, especially within the "pharmaceutical industry." Some of this success can be attributed to generous Fuqua alumni who are "very motivated to give back." As one student declares, "All of the alumni that I've reached out to have been extremely helpful and willing to give me their time." Undoubtedly, the school itself does a phenomenal job bringing "lots of companies…[to] campus." And students make a point of noting that recruiting is particularly strong for those interested in careers in either the "healthcare" or "energy" industries. Additionally, the Career Management Center provides each student with a comprehensive plan for career development. Aspiring MBAs can take advantage of one-on-one career coaching, interview prep, lessons in personal branding and far more! Recent firm that have hired Duke MBAs include Deloitte, McKinsey & Co., Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Amazon.com, Microsoft Corporation, The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co. and JPMorgan Chase.

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 34% $140,000 $135,146 $75,000 $220,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $125,000 $117,136 $50,000 $150,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $107,000 $109,713 $60,000 $220,220
General Management 15% $115,000 $113,865 $70,000 $185,000
Operations / Logistics 3% $120,000 $120,444 $95,000 $130,000
Other 2% $125,000 $116,429 $50,000 $147,000
Venture Capital 2% $100,000 $96,000 $90,000 $100,000
Human Resources 1% $110,500 $110,250 $105,000 $115,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 32% $140,000 $136,049 $75,000 $220,000
Technology 19% $117,000 $118,400 $60,000 $220,220
Financial Services 18% $125,000 $119,052 $83,000 $150,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 11% $113,000 $115,500 $74,000 $185,000
Consumer Products 6% $104,000 $100,104 $65,000 $110,000
Other 4% $98,000 $99,000 $50,000 $130,000
Non-profit 3%
Petroleum / Energy 3% $110,000 $109,875 $75,000 $140,000
Manufacturing 2% $107,545 $104,886 $90,000 $120,000
Media / Entertainment 1% $117,500 $117,500 $115,000 $120,000
Real Estate 1% $95,000 $93,333 $85,000 $100,000

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

Joseph R. Swedish
president & CEO, Anthem, Inc.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$61,775

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$22,782

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
75%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
47%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
72%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
44%

New Students Receiving Loans
53%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$63,200
Tuition (Out-State)
$63,200
Fees (In-State)
$3,517
Fees (Out-State)
$3,517

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,708
Academic Expenses
$7,060

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
897
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

17.60%
Minorities

35% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Life in the Duke MBA program, which "provides an inexhaustible range of activities to participate in with your classmates" is bound to be hectic. There are "club events, sports games [and even] travel opportunities." Many people love partaking in "Fuqua Fridays" wherein "students, partners, faculty, and administration" all "share a meal." Students also happily report that both Duke and Durham at large are great for individuals who are married. Indeed, there are lots of "family oriented activities both on and off campus." Further, Durham's "small town feeling" both encourages and fosters the "building [of] strong relationships with fellow classmates." Perhaps more importantly, Fuqua MBAs speak quite highly of their peers. They eagerly report that their classmates are "humble but ambitious, supportive of each other, and active participants in leading the school." They also prove themselves to be "unselfish with their time, academically and socially." And they are typically "older" and "more experienced…compared to students at other business schools." Overall, Fuqua students come to the classroom with a "wide variety of interests and backgrounds" and bond over their collective "desire to learn."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Anneli Richter
Assistant Dean Office 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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