Weekend MBA

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Students in the Weekend Executive program earn a top-tier MBA while retaining their jobs, staying on career trajectories, and enhancing their professional networks. This program is designed to align with our global strategy and to provide you with the knowledge and resources needed for today's diverse and ever-changing business environment. Program features include:

  • Networking opportunities through a shared elective term with Cross Continent MBAstudents from all over the world who will meet you in Durham
  • Optional concentrations in Energy and Environment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Finance, Strategy
  • Optional certificate in Health Sector Management
  • Leadership and pro…

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Students in the Weekend Executive program earn a top-tier MBA while retaining their jobs, staying on career trajectories, and enhancing their professional networks. This program is designed to align with our global strategy and to provide you with the knowledge and resources needed for today's diverse and ever-changing business environment. Program features include:

  • Networking opportunities through a shared elective term with Cross Continent MBAstudents from all over the world who will meet you in Durham
  • Optional concentrations in Energy and Environment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Finance, Strategy
  • Optional certificate in Health Sector Management
  • Leadership and professional development components weaved throughout the course of your program 
  • General business management curriculum to prepare you for positions that require global business knowledge

With minimal interruption to your life and work, you will spend 19 intense months strengthening core business skills and engaging with faculty and students from a broad range of academic and applied backgrounds.

Program Features:

  • All classes are delivered on Duke’s campus in Durham, NC.
  • After a 1 week orientation, classes are held on alternating weekends on Fridays and Saturdays in Terms 1 - 5, with accommodations provided on Friday nights. Term 6 sessions are held on campus for 2 weeks with the remainder of the term completed online.
  • Optional concentrations include Energy and Environment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Finance, Strategy.
  • An optional Health Sector Management certificate.
  • Students can travel abroad to participate in a Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE).

HOW TO APPLY

Access the Online Application. Complete the application online and submit it electronically once all questions are answered.

  • You do not have to complete the online application all at once. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your PIN and password.
  • The online application features sections on personal and program information including: 

 Business resume Transcripts Essays Employment history Self-reported test scores Activities & achievements Education history Financial aid information

Resume

You must electronically submit a business resume. The resume should contain employment and education background. The employment section should include locations, titles, and dates, starting with your most recent job. The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received. View a sample resume.

Essays

Prepare your essays carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your responses to essay questions important in the selection process. Respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Avoid using a font size smaller than 10-point.

GMAT or GRE

The GMAT or GRE is required (the GMAT is preferred). You must have your scores sent directly from the testing service to the admissions office. We will accept scores up to 5 years old. There is no minimum test score requirement. If you are not satisfied with your score, you may retake the exam before submitting your application. If you take the exam multiple times, only report your highest score and any sub-scores from the same testing date. You must request that your official score be sent to Fuqua prior to your application round deadline.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

  • Use Duke program code Q13-N5-32
  • Information on registering and sending scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

  • Use Duke program code 5156 
  • Information on registering and sending scores

Test Waiver: GMAT/GRE waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis for those candidates whose academic background is strong, specifically in quantitative subjects, and for whom the GMAT/GRE would not necessarily be a useful predictor of success in the program. Contact the admissions counselor for more information.

English Language Proficiency Tests

If your undergraduate (or other) degree is from an institution whose primary language of instruction was English, then you do not need to submit results from an English language proficiency test. If your primary language of institution was not in English, then you are required to submit results from one of these tests.

  • All test scores are valid for two years. 
  • The test must be taken and official scores received in our office prior to your application round deadline. 
  • Allow at least 4 weeks for test scores to be delivered to Fuqua.

Waiver: This requirement is waived for international applicants holding non-technical master's degrees or a non-technical PhD from colleges or universities where English was the language of instruction for the entire course of study. This information should be indicated in the appropriate fields within the "Education" section of your application. You may indicate the primary language of instruction as English by checking the appropriate box listed under each school you enter. If you have questions regarding the waiver of this requirement, you may contact the admissions counselor directly at weekend-mba-info@fuqua.duke.edu.

Score Reporting

  • Official test score reports must be sent electronically to the Office of Admissions directly from testing service.
  • Personal copies or attested/notarized copies of score reports are not accepted.

TOEFL Scores 
Reports must be sent from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use the program code 5156 on your TOEFL exam. For information on how to register or request test scores, visit the TOEFL website.

PTE Scores 
Official PTE score reports must be sent directly from Pearson Vue. For information on how to register for the PTE or to request test scores, visit the Pearson website.

IELTS Scores 
We accept the academic modules of the IELTS. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. More information about the test is available on the IELTS website.

Transcripts

Your application must include a legible, scanned copy of your official transcript(s) that can be uploaded to the online application. Self-reported transcripts and scanned copies of unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. You should submit transcripts for each college or university you have attended.

  • Upload an OFFICIAL copy of your undergraduate transcript.
  • All courses and grades must be listed.
  • The "degree granted" and the "date conferred" must be clearly visible on your transcript.
    • If your transcript does not clearly state degree and date, please upload a copy of your diploma, in addition to the transcript.
  • If your transcript is not in English, make arrangements to have it translated, certified, and then upload it along with the originals.
  • We can use copies of transcripts during the evaluation process, but if you are admitted to the Weekend Executive MBA, you are required to submit a hard copy, official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college or university you have attended for verification. 
  • To facilitate the collection and submission of official transcripts, aTranscript Request Form is provided in the downloadable forms section of the online application. This form is included for your convenience.
    • To request official transcripts, you may choose to send completed transcript request forms to the registrar of each college or university that you have attended. This transcript request form is NOT a required part of the application. It is solely provided to assist you in obtaining required information. We must receive the official transcripts by the stated deadline. If transcripts are not in English, provide a certified translation along with the original.

Send hard copy, official transcripts to:

The Duke MBA Office of Admissions 
The Fuqua School of Business
Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120 
Attn: The Duke MBA – Weekend Executive

Two Recommendations

We require 2 letters of recommendation. The most valuable recommendations come from people who know your professional skills and abilities. We require that 1 of the recommendations be from your current supervisor. An application is not considered complete until we receive both recommendations. We encourage you to utilize the online recommendation system that is contained within the application in order to expedite this process. 

Interviews

Interviews are required for admission to the Weekend Executive MBA program, and may be conducted at any point during the admissions process, either in person or by phone. Visit the Interviews and Open Houses page for details. 

Letter of Support 

If you are admitted to the program, you are required to submit a letter from your current employer outlining the company’s support of providing time off to attend class, and financial sponsorship (if applicable). Proprietors or principals of a company may provide a letter of self-sponsorship. You are strongly encouraged to submit this letter with your application. View a sample letter of support.

Non-refundable Application Fee

Fuqua requires a $225 USD application fee, payable by VISA or MasterCard. The application fee is paid electronically when you submit the online application form. You may qualify for an application fee reduction or waiver. Learn about our application fee reduction and waiver programs.

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