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Admissions Process & Requirements for the Daytime MBA Degree

Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply in the round in which you can submit your "best" application.

The Early Action option is ideal for applicants who have completed their MBA research and have decided that this is the best program for them. Applicants admitted in Early Action must submit a tuition deposit along with official transcript(s) by December 9, 2016.

If your ability to enroll is dependent upon receiving merit-based scholarship assistance, you should apply during Early Action, Round 1, or Round 2.

International Applicants: you must apply during Early Action, Round 1, or Round 2 for visa processing.

Re-applicants: reapply for during Early Action or Round 1.

Application Deadlines for 2016 - 2017

Early Action Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Application Deadline (all deadlines are at 11:59 pm ET) Sept. 13, 2016 Oct. 13, 2016 Jan. 4, 2017 Mar. 20, 2017
Interview Invitations Sent By Midnight (ET) — Not viewable on phone or mobile device. Sept. 27, 2016 Nov. 10, 2016 Feb. 2, 2017 Mar. 30, 2017
Interview Period
Visit the interviews page for details regarding our interview process. Interview dates vary by location, but occur during the time period indicated here.

In Durham:
Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 2016

Off-Campus Locations:
Oct. 7 - 8, 2016

In Durham & Off-Campus: Nov. 28 - Dec. 6, 2016

In Durham:
Feb. 13 - 25, 2017

Off-Campus Locations:
Feb. 8 - 25, 2017

Via Skype: Apr. 3 - 8, 2017

Decision Notifications Sent By Midnight (ET) — Not viewable on phone or mobile device. Oct. 20, 2016 Dec. 16, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017 Apr. 17, 2017
Admit Weekend (Blue Devil Weekend or BDW) There will be two admitted student weekends: Feb. 3 - 5, 2017 and April 20 - 22, 2017. Once admitted, you may attend one or both events.
Domestic Student 1st Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline Dec. 9, 2016
International Student 1st Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline Feb. 15, 2017 2, 000 USD
2nd Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit and Deadline Mar. 3, 2017

All MBA Applicants

You should apply as early in the cycle as you can without compromising the quality of your application. However, you should also be aware of the binding nature of the Early Action Round and the time required to process international student visas, which are explained below.

International MBA Applicants

Visa processing can take up to several months to complete, so it is in your best interest to apply in the Early Action Round, Round 1, or Round 2 if you require a visa.

Early Action Round

  • Applicants commit to a binding agreement to attend Fuqua if admitted.
  • Any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from Fuqua.
  • Scholarships are awarded according to the same guidelines in the Early Action Round as they are offered in Rounds 1 and 2; however, due to the binding nature of the Early Action Round you are required to attend with or without a scholarship award.
  • Regardless of your citizenship, all Early Action applicants residing in the U.S. (except on the West Coast) are required to travel to Durham to interview during the Open Interview Period.
  • If you live on the West Coast or outside of the U.S., you may interview in Durham during the Open Interview Period, but it is not a requirement. If you do not travel to Durham during the Open Interview period, you must await an invitation to interview at a location closer to you.
  • Our Admissions Committee considers a number of factors when evaluating an application. These factors are taken into consideration from a holistic perspective. We are looking for students:

  • Who we believe will be successful in the program
  • Who will add significant value to the program and the school throughout their professional, personal, and academic experiences
  • Who believe diversity in thought and background are important within their community
  • The application components provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate how you are a good fit for the program.

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