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2014-15 Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Questions

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 requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?


Required Essay 1

The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that 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.

Instructions: Answer the following question — 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.

Required Essay 2 (choose 1 of 2)


Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.

Option 1:
When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

Option 2:
The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect the research you have done, your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.

Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.

Collective Diversity:  We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.

Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.

Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.

Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, or any significant weakness in your application).

Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.

The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your extenuating circumstances only.

Limit your response to two pages.

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