Duke’s University Fuqua School of Business

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is in Durham, North Carolina, was first founded in 1969. It is famous as being one of the most global of all business schools, with a presence in China, India, Russia and Dubai. The school is situated in the The Research Triangle, an area in North Carolina anchored by the cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, which has enjoyed an exceptionally well performing economy due to the presence of numerous high tech companies and research universities.The school is named in honor of J.B Fuqua who gave $10 million to the school. Fuqua enrolled its first MBA class in 1979. The total number of living MBA alumni as of June 30, 2009 is 13,419.

One of the most Global Schools
In 2010 Fuqua started work on its campus in Kushan, China. Two years ago, it set up office in New Delhi, India. While Fuqua has many interesting centers, the Fuqua/Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics (COLE) founded in 2004 is very exciting. The Cross Continent MBA and the Global Executive MBA were first launched by Fuqua.

Programs at Fuqua
The annual enrollment at Fuqua for various degree programs is around 1,300. While the other B schools have lowered their acceptance rate to abate the class size, Fuqua has taken the other road. This step was taken to make the class more diversified. Hence, Fuqua School’s acceptance rate remains higher in comparison to other B schools. Fuqua’s mission is dedicated to advancing the understanding of management through research and by providing highest quality business education. Fuqua School of Business is one of the top B schools of the world. Fuqua also hosts the MBA games each spring in which students from MBA programs from across the country participate.

Fuqua School of Business offers a wide variety of programs. Some of the programs at Fuqua School of Business are:

  • Daytime MBA
  • Cross Continent MBA
  • Global Executive MBA (internet based)
  • Weekend Executive MBA
  • Health Sector Management
  • Executive MBA Programs
  • Joint Degree Programs
  • Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business
  • Masters in Management in Clinical Informatics
  • PhD Program

GMAT and other facts
At Fuqua School of Business 80% range of GMAT Score is 620-750. In the class of 2011, 99.9% of entering people have an average work experience of 5.6 years. The total educational expenses incurred for doing MBA from Fuqua are $53,702 and total living expenses amount to $15,900. The MBA Class size of class of 2011 at Fuqua School of Business is 477. Students of the class have an average age of 29. International students are 39% of the class and 38% of the class is women. Check the complete class profile here. For the class of 2011 only 30% of the applicants were accepted.

Who’s in-charge
Blair Sheppard is Dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Chair and Founder of Duke Corporate Education. He has consulted to many companies including ABB, BAE, the Canadian Government, Deutsche Bank, Eli Lilly and Company, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, LaFarge, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Toronto Dominion Bank, United States Postal Service, Verizon, and Wachovia, and written over fifty books and articles. He received a BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD in social and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

8th in the U.S. by BusinessWeek in 2008
10th in the U.S. and 20th in the World by The Financial Times in 2010
14th in the U.S. by The Economist in 2009
14th in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report in 2010
Ranked No.1 in the US by BusinessWeek (Intellectual Capital) in 2008
Ranked #2 (Research) in Financial Time’s 2010 and 2009 Global MBA Ranking
Ranked #2 in the world for research contribution by UTD in their worldwide ranking

Indians and Fuqua
Ranbaxy Laboratories CEO and Chairman Malvinder Mohan Singh got his MBA from Fuqua School of Business. The INDUS club at Fuqua is especially for the alumni from India. For Indians at Fuqua a lot Indian restaurants are available in Research Triangle Park area which offer Indian cuisines. The International Center at Fuqua School of Business helps the international students who go there through the Cross Continent MBA and also internationalize the education system. There are 6 international clubs at Fuqua sponsored by the MBA Association. Global Academic Travel Experience courses at Fuqua helps students to study business,culture,economy and politics of the country they visit. They visit the country for 12 days.

Fuqua’s Career Management Center takes care of employment opportunities in the campus. The companies who wish to recruit students of Fuqua can purchase resumes of the students online. On campus interviews also take place at Fuqua School of Business. An MBA graduate from Fuqua earns a mean salary of $101,532 and a signing bonus of $24,618. Complete information is available here.


Duke?s Fuqua School of Business, MBA application deadlines for enrollment in Fall 2011.

Early Action Option

Deadline: September 30, 2010
Interview Invitation: October 25, 2010
Interview Dates: November 6-7, 2010
Decision Notification: December 3, 2010

Round 1
Deadline: November 1, 2010
Interview Invitation: December 17, 2010
Interview Dates: January 8-9, 2011
Decision Notification: January 31, 2011

Round 2
Deadline: January 4, 2011
Interview Invitation: February 4, 2011
Interview Dates: February 19-20 and 26-27, 2011
Decision Notification: March 25, 2011

Round 3
Deadline: March 8, 2011
Interview Invitation: April 1, 2011
Interview Dates: April 8-24, 2011
Decision Notification: May 8, 2011

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