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Admission to the Weekend Executive MBA program is highly selective and is based on your comprehensive experience—work, personal, leadership, and beyond—and how your ambitions and values align with what Fuqua has to offer.

Your first step? Connect with David Steber, our Weekend Executive MBA counselor.  Because "fit" is so important when deciding on an MBA program, David will help you determine if your story and motivations are a good match for this program--and vice versa.

Schedule a call with David

You'll find our admissions team very responsive to your questions, helping you determine whether Duke is right for you, and connecting you to information and resources to help throughout the admissions process.

The 2023-2024 Weekend Executive MBA application is now closed. The 2024-2025 application will be available in mid-July.

Weekend Executive MBA Class of 2026 Application Round Deadlines

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Application and Interview Deadline Decision Deadline Deposit Deadline
Sep. 6, 2023 Sep. 20, 2023 Nov. 1, 2023
Oct. 4, 2023 Oct. 18, 2023 Nov. 29, 2023
Nov. 1, 2023 Nov. 15, 2023 Jan. 3, 2024
Dec. 6, 2023 Dec. 20, 2023 Jan. 31, 2024
Jan. 4, 2024 Jan. 17, 2024 Feb. 28, 2024
Feb. 1, 2024 Feb. 14, 2024 Mar. 27, 2024
Mar. 6, 2024 Mar. 20, 2024 Apr. 17, 2024
Apr. 3, 2024* Apr. 17, 2024 May 3, 2024

*We will accept applications on a rolling basis after April 3, 2024.

If you are:

Seeking a merit-based scholarship: While every admitted student is considered for a merit scholarship, it may be to your benefit to apply in the earliest round possible, as we have a set budget for scholarship funding.

Applying from another country: You will need to provide your transcripts/academic records in English, which should include:

  • Degree name
  • Degree date
  • Course names
  • Grades received

Reapplying: Please refer to our Re-Applicant process under application instructions.

Selection Criteria

A good match is important from both sides—yours and ours—so we take a holistic approach to considering each candidate. Each of the components of your application gives you the chance to demonstrate your strengths and your fit with Fuqua. You’ll be considered a strong applicant if:

  • We’re confident you will be successful in our program
  • You’ll add value to your peers and to Fuqua throughout your professional, personal, and academic experiences.
  • You believe diversity in thought and background are important within your professional life and community.
  • You demonstrate competence, character, and purpose and have the strongest potential to be a leader who is a positive force for change.

Learn more about a typical Weekend Executive MBA class.

We look at all your work experience—how it will contribute to our learning environment and how it has helped you develop leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Applicants must have at least five years of post-graduate full-time work experience, including experience acquired during medical residency, postdoctoral research, or military service, to qualify for the program. Exceptions to this requirement extend to individuals with nontraditional educational paths, such as obtaining a bachelor's degree after military service or at a later stage in life.
  • You are not required to be currently employed.
  • In your application, detail how your post-graduate work experience, including any unconventional roles, will contribute to Fuqua’s learning environment.

Fuqua values diversity and unique points of view, so we admit applicants with:

  • Various undergraduate degrees and professional backgrounds
  • A wide range of GPAs and GMAT/GRE and Executive Assessment scores

Because the Weekend Executive MBA academic environment is demanding, fast-paced, and requires strong quantitative and analytical skills, the admissions committee pays particular attention to the quantitative segment of your test scores, your performance in quantitative and business undergraduate courses, the quality of your undergraduate institution, and your work history, including the types of quantitative work you’ve been exposed to. Test waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis for Executive MBA applicants.

Your application essays, recommendation, and interview are what weave fit, passion, and impact together into your "story." No one part is more important than the other, so give each one your best. And most importantly, just be you.


You must include a current business resume. Start with your current position, and include any relevant volunteer work. Please make sure the experience and education sections list dates (month/year).


Your essays allow us to get to know you as a person and help us understand what drives you and inspires you. You may use the essays to fill in any gaps, or provide extra details on key areas of your application.


One letter of recommendation is required for the application and should be from someone who knows your professional skills and abilities. Prepare your recommender to showcase parts of you that are not reflected in other areas of your application.

Proprietors or principals of a company can ask a client, board member, or other professional colleague to write a recommendation.


An interview is required to complete your application. During your interview, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Show us your interpersonal skills and what you’ll bring to the program
  • Give us additional insight into who you are and your background
  • Demonstrate how you are a good fit for Fuqua, and how Fuqua is a good fit for you

Learn more about the interview process and registration.

Can We Talk?

We'd love to learn more about your background and goals so we can help you explore whether the Weekend Executive MBA is a good fit for your career. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs or admissions process. 

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Test Waivers

Our Office of Admissions offers standardized test waivers on a case-by-case basis for Executive MBA applicants.

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Admissions Details

  1. Explore Fuqua

    Connect with us, get questions answered

  2. Gather Materials

    Contact recommenders, get transcripts

  3. Work on Application

    Revise resume, write essays

  4. Submit Best Application

    Share your story and ambitions

  5. Interview

    In person, by phone, or via Skype

  6. Receive a Decision

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for answers to the most frequently asked questions for our Weekend Executive MBA program. You can also reference our Weekend Executive MBA student blog to hear students’ perspectives on residencies, maintaining work-life balance, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions Information

Facts + Dates

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Application Instructions

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Admission Events

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Class Profile

See a snapshot of our current class.

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Tuition + Costs

Determine your investment.

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Financing Your Degree

Learn how to fund the program.

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