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The first long-form essay requires applicants to write 25 Random things about themselves.

Tip #1: Length of each item


When you are writing random things about yourself, follow the list form with sentences varying in 10 to 20 words. Even though the admission team encourages using only a few words if the reveal is self-explanatory, we would recommend, a format like:

<unique achievement/event> <additional context><what you felt>

25 Random Things Example:
I went to the last Formula 1 race at Indianapolis. It is true - you can only experience sports in its truest form at a Stadium among real fans.

Tip #2: Avoid professional achievements

The resume is a good place to highlight professional achievements. So unless an achievement is not covered in the resume, or you won’t get a chance to mention them in the online application, avoid them in the list.

Tip #3: Include Volunteering

Most applicants highlight their volunteering experience in the resume under additional information, but with the 1-page length limit, only one or two IMPACT can be captured in the resume. The additional context in the random list would help the admission team understand what you went through during volunteering.

Resume: “Helped rebuilt 2,000 homes in Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake.”
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Finance and consulting job function received the best remuneration –both crossing the $160,000 barrier, while Marketing/Sales were the lowest paid ($132,000) but had the third best representation (21%) indicating how job satisfaction played a major role in the post-MBA choice. Also, for Business Development/Sales role, the year-end bonus adds considerably to the total salary, just like Finance job function does.

Duke Fuqua MBA Salary by Function
 
Among the industries recruiting from Duke Fuqua, Finance had the best package with the signing bonus crossing $45,000, taking the total median salary to $171,250.

Duke Fuqua MBA Salary by Industry

Consulting and Consumer Goods industry offered the 2nd highest total salary – both offering $165,000 in post-MBA salary.

Reference: Duke Fuqua MBA Employment Report


Duke Fuqua MBA vs UNC MBAThe rivalry between UNC and Duke is not limited to College basketball; the competition as a favorite MBA destination is much fiercer. While the casual researcher favors UNC for the good-looking crowd, serious applicants should consider five factors: ranking, curriculum, location, class profile, and post-MBA jobs.

Ranking

According to US News, Duke is at #14 while UNC is just behind at #19 for the best Business School. The surprise however was with the 2014 BusinessWeek ranking where Duke Fuqua was ranked #1 in the 2-yearly ranking, rising five positions from the 2012 position. In terms of ranking parameters, BusinessWeek considers Student Satisfaction and Employer Survey on equal weightage (45%), validating further on Duke’s edge over UNC, which was ranked #12th in the top 100 rankings.

Curriculum

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA’s core curriculum is comprised of 13 core courses, majority of which (10) are completed during the first-year fall semester. The spring of second year is mostly devoted to elective courses with students getting the opportunity to pick from over 125 courses every year. The electives are clustered into 10 concentrations:...


Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Tips
2014-15 MBA Application Essays for Duke Fuqua School of Business have been published. There are three required short answer questions (50 words each), and two required essays: one is in a list format (2 pages), and the second essay is required to be completed in 2-pages or roughly 1000 words. There is also an optional essay to explain about any gaps in employment history or course performance, Academic Weaknesses or other information about recommenders or general weaknesses in the profile.


Required Short Answer Questions: Answer all three questions. For each short answer question, respond in 250 characters only (the equivalent of about 50 words).


Before answering any of the short answer questions, you should have a sense of what 50 words means. It is equivalent to 4 lines. Therefore, the answer to the short questions should follow the format that is seen in mission statements of the company. This requires concisely presenting your answers, and rewriting the answer several times to fit the word...


2014-15 MBA Application Essay Questions for Fuqua School of Business have been released. There are three required short answer questions (50 words each), and two required essays. The word limit for the required essay varies. First part is a list type question, and the page length can vary from 1 to 2 pages or 500 to 1000 words.

The second required essay question is a choice between two options:  one rephrased “Why Fuqua MBA” question, and another about one Fuqua principle that you find most resonance. The word limit is 2 pages or 1000 words for the required essay question. There is one optional question that offers the applicants with the opportunity to address any extenuating circumstances in their profile. The circumstances include Gap in Employment, Academic Weaknesses or other information about recommenders or general weaknesses in the profile.

Required Short Answer Questions


For each short answer question, respond in 250 characters only (the equivalent of about 50 words).

1) What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
2) What are your long-term goals?
3) Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career...


                         
                           Early Action      Round1           Round 2      Round  3

Application         Sep 17, 2014    Oct 20, 2014  Jan 5, 2015 Mar 19, 2015
Deadline

Interview            Oct 7, 2014      Nov 20, 2014  Feb 4, 2015 Apr 7, 2015
Invitation
(Sent By)

Decision             Oct 29, 2014    Dec 19, 2014  Mar 13, 2015 May 6, 2015
Notification

Applying to Duke Fuqua MBA

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Duke Fuqua has been consistently ranked among the top 20 Business Schools in the US. It is located in North Carolina and offers a highly rated MBA. The Full-time MBA class of 2012 had a median salary of $110,000, ranging from $25,000 to $225,000.

Here's a close look at the various sectors and functions that Duke MBAs found employment.


Employment by Sector

Consulting

The Consultancy industry hired more MBAs than any other sector, with the highest median salary of $1,30,000 matched only by nonrenewable sources in the Energy/Utilities sector. The highest salary was $2,00,000, matched only by Financial Services. The median Sign-on Bonus was $25,000.

Financial Services

The Financial Services sector was the 2nd most popular sector, with as much as 23% of the class being hired by the sector, with a mean salary of $1,00,000. The Asset Management and Private Equity sectors had very low hiring rate. Other financial services dominated and registered the highest salary of the class at $218,000. Financial Services also had the highest sign-on bonus of $40,000. The sector though had the second lowest salary of $36,000, only...


There are two types of MBA programs – General MBA and Specialized MBA program. If you have read F1GMAT’s article - MBA Specialize or Generalize, you will understand that the choice of General or Specialized MBA program depends on your background, career goals and practical application of the program.

MHCDS (MASTER OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SCIENCE) is a new Master's Program designed for clinicians, administrators, and professionals in health care and related industries. If your career goal is to develop your expertise in Health Care Industry, a Master’s program would be more appropriate for you.

With healthcare reforms, United States need professionals who can manage resources efficiently while maintaining the cost and quality of healthcare. There is a demand for specialized expertise to manage the resources in Healthcare industry. A General MBA cannot give you the focus that a Master of Health Care Delivery Service or MBA in Healthcare management can offer.

Dartmouth’s MHCDS program
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Duke FuquaThe one thing you need to successfully complete Duke Fuqua essays for the 2010-2011 application season is focus. The first question asks about your career vision , the second questions asks about your contribution and the third optional essay asks about gaps in work, inconsistency in academic performance etc.

To answer these questions, it is recommended that you start your research and networking in order to be well prepared to dive into more specific questions.

A clear application strategy is crucial to approaching these essays. With a flexible 2-pages per question, and a mandate to demonstrate how you will fit in with Duke’s mission to “identify, engage, and foster the development of future leaders of consequence,” you will want to make it simple for “the Admissions Committee would like to get to know our applicants in a more holistic manner.”

Applicant Essays : Answer all 3 essay questions.

1. Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path.

This...


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Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

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"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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