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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 26, 2022.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $71,750

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $71,750

Acceptance Rate: 20.5%

Full-Time Enrollment: 399

Average GPA: 3.46

Median GMAT: 720

Median GRE: 318

International: 39%

Minority: 25%

Female: 48%

Male: 52%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Early Action: September 7 | Round 1 - September 26 | Round 2 - January 5 | Round 3 - March 28

The Duke Fuqua MBA: What You Need To Know

Since 1969, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has offered an exceptional full-time MBA that prepares students to become well-rounded leaders. Popular for its focus on the health sector management as it relates to business, the school also exudes a strong culture of Team Fuqua, where working together is valued and “we” is greater than “me”.

“Students and graduates recognize they can achieve the highest results through tapping into strengths as a group, collaboratively,” emphasizes Senior Associate Dean Russ Morgan.

Fuqua focuses on developing leaders with high IQ (intelligence), EQ (the ability to motivate and connect with others) and last but far from least, DQ (the focus on elevating decency). “We want students with all three of these, especially with the critical element DQ. We want students who care about and respect others, seek to improve the community, and use their skills for good,” says Morgan, who emulates the culture himself.

Fuqua assesses prospective students’ IQ, EQ, and DQ through application materials such as the GMAT or GRE, an interview, and a few essays; one uniquely prompts students to write 25 random things about themselves, giving the admissions committee a strong understanding of DQ. 

Fuqua enrolls 440 students a year on average. Year one is front loaded with core courses such as Leadership and Applied Entrepreneurship, the idea being to give students an early foundation in business so they can hone in on specific focuses in year two, which is all electives. Students can choose from around 16 concentrations, as well as several certificates. Many choose to pursue the ever-popular certificate in healthcare.  

“My favorite aspect of the MBA at Fuqua is that there is an alignment across the community, where student engagement is incredibly high.Year after year, as expected, there’s turnover with students of course, but everyone that comes in really enhances and elevates the community. We are able to accomplish more jointly as a community. We celebrate that, we don’t take it for granted,” says Morgan.

Fuqua has a very active community involved in a long list of co-curricular activities; including 60 clubs like the Wine Club, which hosts “Wine Around the World,” where students interact with those they may not otherwise meet and gain exposure to other cultures. There are also professional conferences and applied practicums where students work in the field locally and internationally.

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Contact Information

100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708
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From The Fuqua School of Business


Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is a top-ranked graduate business school within an extensive multi-discipline university, dedicated to advancing the understanding of management through research and providing the highest quality education. One of only a few business schools to have achieved a #1 ranking in Bloomberg’s Business Week, Fuqua attracts and develops leaders who thrive on differences in people and experience, have the ability to bring out strengths in others, can move teams toward a common purpose, and inspire organizations to win the right way. We recruit students from around the world who share these values. We help them develop the sharp skills to analyze options, an open mind to appreciate other perspectives, and a leadership style that inspires entire organizations to do better while doing what’s best.  It’s why our culture and environment feel different—more supportive, more collaborative, more immersive, more diverse. We measure our graduates’ success by their impact on workplaces and the world around them, their relationships and their reputations. Our broad Fuqua community of high-achieving students and faculty is richer because of our many differences – of opinion, age, ethnicity, gender, belief, talent and family circumstance.


Established in 1969 as the Graduate School of Business Administration at Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business provides management education programs of the highest quality. Its MBA program graduated its inaugural class of students in 1972. J. B. Fuqua, formerly chairman of The Fuqua Companies in Atlanta, Georgia, supported the school generously in its development. In honor of Mr. Fuqua’s contribution to the school and personal participation in its growth, the school was renamed The Fuqua School of Business in 1980. Since that time, the school has grown to include eight academic degree programs and more than 1,700 master’s degree candidates enrolled in daytime and executive MBA programs as well as two master of management studies programs and two master of quantitative management programs. The school also offers a PhD program and non-degree executive education courses and seminars.

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