Fuqua School of Business Essay Questions and Tips

Fuqua School of Business Essay Questions and Tips

Duke’s two long essays (2 pages each) and two short career goals essays allow applicants to cover a lot of ground about their personal and professional traits and accomplishments.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you? (500 characters, or about 100 words).

Provide a brief account of your career history so far, detailing how you have pursued your interest, acquired new skills and progressed along your career path these years. Then, describe why you believe that an MBA is the next logical step in your career path.

2. What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first-choice career plan and your alternate plan. (500 characters, or about 100 words)

Elaborate on your post-MBA career goals as well as your alternate plans if your first-choice plans don’t materialize. Identify the position that you hope to hold immediately after MBA, specifying role, position, and industry which you would like to work for. Your post-MBA goal should show a logical progression from your current skill set, and skills and knowledge acquired through an MBA degree. 

Long-form Essays

First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself

Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world. These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of "25 Random Things About Yourself". As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire's professional and academic background, so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us get to know someone's personality, background, special talents, and more. 

In this spirit, the admissions committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of "25 Random Things" about YOU.

Second Required Essay: The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.
Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community, outside of the classroom?

Optional Essay: Tell us more

If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

Please do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application and limit your response to one page.