Guide to Duke Universitys Fuqua School of Business

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. This private research university was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the town of Trinity in the year 1838.

The Fuqua School of Business was formed in 1969. In 1970, the graduate school enrolled its first class composed of 20 students. Thomas Keller who was the graduate school’s new dean in 1974 had made a leap in the improvement of the school. After J.B. Fuqua donated $10 million, the name of the school was then changed into Fuqua School of Business in his honor.

Degrees offered

The business school offers various programs. The programs include the Global Executive MBA, the Daytime MBA, the Cross Continent MBA, the Weekend Executive MBA, Master of Management Studies, and the joint degree programs, as well as a PhD program. The joint degree programs include courses like forestry, nursing, public policy, law, and environmental management. Non-degree business education and professional development programs are also available through the Duke Corporate Education and Duke Executive Education.


The Fuqua School of Business is home to many notable personalities. These include the former President and CEO of Church’s Chicken Harsha Agadi, COO and former acting CEO of Apple, Inc. Timothy Cook, co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, and Chief Financial Officer of MYSpace Mark Rosenbaum.

Rankings and reviews

Duke University is a prestigious academic institution in the US. For the 2011 edition of the US News and World Report, Duke University’s undergraduate program is ranked number 9 among the national universities. The law, medical, public affairs, nursing, and business programs of the university ranked 15th and above. In the 2009 THES-QS World University Rankings, Duke University falls at number 14. The university’s Fuqua School of Business is also one of the most popular business schools across the country.

The Daytime MBA program of Fuqua was ranked 8th in 2008 by Businessweek, 10th nationally and 20th globally according to the 2010 rankings by The Financial Times, 14th nationally by the 2009 rankings of The Economist, and 14th nationally based on the 2010 rankings of the US News and World Report.

The Executive MBA program of Fuqua is also highly reputed. It was ranked third in the US and tenth in the world according to The Financial Times in 2009, 4th nationally by the US News and World Report 2010 rankings, 9th by the 2008 rankings of Businessweek, and 10th by the Wall Street Journal in its 2008 rankings.

Admission tips

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is one of the most competitive business schools in the United States. It is not surprising at all that the school expects a lot from its applicants, especially the postgraduates. Students with excellent scholastic record, entrance exam, and interview results get better chances of admission. Another important requirement is the personal statement. The MBA personal statement is one of the most crucial factors when applying for the different MBA programs.

Admission facts

Admissions data based on the full-time MBA profile by Businessweek (in an article published in 2009):

GMAT scores:

Mean: 688
Median: 690

Middle 80% range GMAT scores:
From: 620
To: 750

Relative Importance of Application Elements:

GMAT Score: Very Important
Resume/Work Experience: Very Important
Application Essays: Very Important
Interviews: Very Important
Recommendations: Very Important
Undergraduate Transcripts: Very Important

Contact info

Duke University’s
Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120 USA
Tel +1.919.660.7700
Fax +1.919.684.2818

Photo Credits: John Shelton

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