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Duke / Fuqua Essay Topics 2009-2010

Duke / Fuqua has slightly altered its essay questions heading in to a new admissions season.  The 2009-2010 application features three required prompts.  Please find the 2009-2010 topics below:

Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, emotional intelligence, as well as business acumen. Thus, Duke is in the midst of an ambitious global venture that will embed and connect us around the world, and we are seeking future leaders of consequence, those who value diversity and collaborative leadership, and who aspire to impact the companies and communities of which they are a part in a lasting and positive way.

In an effort to identify, engage, and foster the development of future leaders of consequence, the Admissions Committee would like to get to know our applicants in a more holistic manner. We would like to know who you are, what has shaped you into the person you are today, and how you hope to impact both Duke and the communities of which you will be a part in the future. The essays are your opportunity to convey that to us. Please be open, genuine, and passionate. Share with us what makes you a dynamic, multi-dimensional person.

1.  Describe your vision for your career, your inspiration for pursuing this career path, and the role of The Duke MBA in achieving your goals. If you are interested in a specific concentration or joint degree program, please discuss in this essay.

2. Discuss a person, event, or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why.

3. Individuals choose a business school for many different reasons. Through your research, what attributes or characteristics of The Duke MBA program have most resonated with you and why? How do you plan to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of those attributes and characteristics during your time at Duke and beyond?

For all questions, Fuqua asks for 1.5 line spacing, and indicates that each essay should be no more than two pages in length, using a font not smaller than 10-point.

Additionally, Fuqua offers an optional essay, which asks applicants to explain any extenuating circumstances regarding their candidacy, and a re-applicant essay, which calls for re-applicants to describe how candidacy has changed compared to a previous year.  The re-applicant essay is required for those who applied to Fuqua between September 2008 and April 2009.

The Duke / Fuqua 2009-2010 deadlines are listed here.

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