MBA Admissions: Duke Fuqua & Management

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A quick glance at Duke Fuqua currently ranks in 12th place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked in 8th place for management.

Duke Fuqua’s Class of 2014 and Management

The class of 2014 Daytime MBA class size is 432 students with an average age of 29. 99.3% of students entered with work experience; the average years of work experience is 5.4 years. The 80% range of students scored between 640 and 740 on the GMAT and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 to 3.9.

Engineering and Natural Sciences is the highest represented major (32% of students). Following close after that is the Business and Accounting major (31%), followed by Liberal Arts (20%), Economics (13%), and Other (3%).

Fuqua Academics Related to Management

Since obtaining global knowledge is a foundational element of the Duke Fuqua mission, the two-year program kicks off with a four-week Global Institute featuring three core courses.

  1. Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations
  2. Global Institutions and Environments
  3. Consequential Leadership

To continue their global business training, student will receive opportunities to experience international business and cultural practices head-on in other countries with the Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) and various exchange programs.

Mini-Terms with Lots of Classes

To receive as much knowledge as possible, terms at Fuqua are broken up into six-week periods – that means that each “traditional” semester (Fall and Spring) is actually broken down into two sessions for a total of four groups of classes per year.

First Year Classes

Fall 1

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Communication I
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Core course in finance for those with exemptions

Fall 2

  • Global Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Management Communication II
  • Potential elective if core is exempted or taken in Fall 1

Winter Term

  • Optional elective: Workshop in Managerial Improvisation

Spring 1

  • Operations Management
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring 2

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Second Year: Students general take three elective courses per term.

Choosing a Concentration and Elective Courses

Students can choose to focus on a specialized concentration (see list of concentrations here) and then choose six elective courses in that area. Specializing in a concentration is optional; student may concentrate in up to two areas.

There are a number of concentrations that would be of interest to management students, including Management, Leadership & Ethics, Operations Management, and Strategy. (Lists of required courses can be found if you click on any of the above links.)

Students who are interested in health care management may enroll in the Health Sector Management (HSM) certificate program. You can read about the certificate requirements here.

Fuqua Management Clubs, Competitions, and Conferences

2012 Management Hiring Stats at Duke Fuqua

The chart below shows the class of 2012 full-time employment stats for management students:

Function Percent of Grads Mean Salary ($) Median Signing Bonus ($)
General Management 10% 104,334 20,000
Business Development 3% 91,875 20,000
Management Development Program 3% 106,300 20,000

For class of 2013 interns (for the summer of 2012), the breakdown goes as follows:

Function Percent of Interns Mean Monthly Salary ($)
General Management 8% 7,158
Business Development 4% 4,839
Management Development Program 2% 8,771
International Business Development <2% N/A
Brand/Product Management <1% N/A

See a list of hiring companies for 2011-2012 here.

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