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Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Questions and Tips

 

Required Short Answer Questions: Answer all 3 questions. 

 

1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA? (500 characters)

2. What are your long-term goals? (500 characters)

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? (500 characters)

 

What would be your first job after graduating? Name the industry, the role, if possible, what would you like to contribute or achieve. 

 

How will the short-term goal lead you to your long-term goal. Describe the long-term goal. Why is the goal important for you?

 

What would be an alternate route to get to your long-term goal? Of course, the alternate route should require an MBA too. 

 

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.

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.

 

Try building on these:

 

I like ...

I dislike ...

I am proud of ...

I look back fondly at ...

I look forward to ...

It's important for me to ...

I'm crazy about ...

I feel disgusted when ...

I look up to ...

I seek ...

I want to ...

 

Second Required Essay

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?

Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.

 

What do you want to learn and experience during your MBA? What aspects of the Duke MBA do you find most attractive to fulfill your objectives?  

 

OPTIONAL 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).

  • 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 circumstances only.
  • Limit your response to one page.