A message from our Associate Dean of Admissions

Our hearts go out to everyone who may be impacted by the recent spread of COVID-19. Applying to business school is already stressful, so I can sympathize with those of you who are now trying to navigate your future in the midst of so much uncertainty.  On behalf of the admissions team at Fuqua, I want to let you know that in these unprecedented times, our team is still here for you. 

 

Duke is very fortunate to have world-class healthcare professionals, scholars, and leadership to help with guiding any decisions on the university level. We are taking immediate steps to ensure we do everything possible to minimize the health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff, and the wider community in response to COVID‐19.

 

As we all try to make sense of this day-to-day, I wanted to address some concerns and questions our office has received to help you navigate during this uncertain time. Below are some of the frequently asked questions we have been getting from prospective and admitted students. If your question is not addressed below, please email the Admissions Team so a member of our staff can help.

 

Wherever you are in the world, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. As the situation continues to evolve, we will update this site to provide you with the latest information and resources related to Admissions.

 

Sincerely,

Shari Hubert

Associate Dean, Admissions

Key Information

  • We have made the decision to shift our start dates for the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program. Orientation will now start on August 29, 2020 with classes beginning on September 2, 2020. Please see the new Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University Class of 2021 calendar, which has a detailed breakdown of terms, including pre-term activities, some of which is either required or optional.
  • We are making plans to extend your time in the United States through the end of the Spring 1 term. We want to maintain exposure to both the United States and Chinese cultural aspects of the program that we know each of you value.
  • We are working with leadership across the undergraduate and other graduate and professional schools at Duke and we hope to make some decisions by early July regarding ”how” the campus will re-open; either in-person, online or a hybrid of the two, based on public health restrictions and university guidelines. Our utmost goal is to ensure a safe return to campus.
  • Since many prospective students were unable to take an exam or submit a complete application by our originally posted application deadlines, we have added additional rounds. Our final application deadline is July 1, 2020. Please visit our website for important information, including interview and decision release dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Duke University leaders have been monitoring and adapting guidance related to COVID-19. We are very fortunate to have some of the best healthcare professionals in the world guiding our decisions on the university level. Duke took immediate steps to ensure we are doing everything possible to minimize the health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff and the wider community in response to COVID-19. Fuqua is open for business but in different ways than we were previously operating. Our classes have moved to an online format to protect the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Our Career Management Center continues to work virtually with students providing office hours, coaching and supporting their efforts to schedule interviews with employers. Our careers team is also in constant communication with employers. Bottom line: Our goal is to maintain the same level of educational excellence that we have always provided through safe virtual means.

Community means everything to us at Fuqua. During this time though, your safety and the safety of our community is our top priority. With guidance from the University, we have suspended all on-campus activities at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and have put in place work-related travel restrictions for off-campus events, until further notice. We are continuing to monitor the situation and the University has established an official website with the latest news and information on Duke policies and actions, which will continue to guide our decisions. We are following Duke University’s guidance on social distancing, and our campus is currently closed. All staff and faculty, except for a few members who have been deemed critical to be on campus, are now working remotely. Therefore, you should not travel to campus. We continue to offer virtual opportunities for you to learn more about our programs, and we encourage to review the list of upcoming virtual events. We will communicate with the community once campus is reopened.

 

Despite the disruptions caused by COVD-19, we encourage you to stay connected with our community and us in the following ways:

 

The Admissions Team is working remotely and continuing to meet virtually to evaluate applications and make decisions. Therefore, the release of your admissions decision will not be impacted or delayed by COVID-19. In addition, we have made some adjustments to the admissions process given some of the challenges applicants have faced with submitting a complete application.

 

  • Given the later start date, and the fact that many prospective students were unable to take an exam or submit a complete application by our originally posted Round 3 deadline, we have added additional application rounds. Our final application deadline is July 1, 2020. Please visit our website for important information, including interview and decision release dates.
  • Fuqua accepts both GMAT and GRE scores. We recognize that testing centers are not open at the moment, but both GMAC and ETS, the administrators of the GMAT and GRE tests, respectively, have now made available the option to take these tests from a home environment. Please visit the GMAC or ETS websites for more information. GMAC is also allowing applicants to reinstate canceled test scores without a fee. Typically GMAT and GRE test scores are valid for five years. During this time Fuqua will accept test scores for exams taken more than five years ago. To order those score reports to be sent to Fuqua, please contact GMAT or GRE customer service.

Beginning with Round 4, we are considering SAT or ACT scores for applicants who are unable to take the GMAT or GRE. If you would like to submit one of these scores, you may select the appropriate test in the Test Scores section of the online application.

 

We do require one of these test scores in order for an application to be considered complete and receive an admissions decision. If you have difficulty accessing or scheduling a test, please contact the Office of Admissions directly to discuss your unique situation.

 

  • All interviews will be conducted virtually.

One thing that has not changed due to this crisis is our commitment to helping you during the admissions process. If you have any questions or concerns, you are more than welcome to contact us and speak with a member of the admissions team.

We have made the difficult decision to shift our start dates for the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program. Orientation will now start on August 29, 2020 with classes beginning on September 2, 2020. We did not make this decision lightly. We have been in close contact with Duke health professionals who are guiding us on the trajectory of the pandemic. We believe this new date gives us the best possibility for our community to be able to start this program together in person – given significant travel restrictions, guidance on social distancing and delays in visa processing.

However, should you not be able to make it in time for the new start date – we are prepared. Our goal is to offer an option in which individuals can begin the program online, with their classmates who are on campus, and then join everyone as soon as they are able. We have the capabilities to execute on this goal, and have significant experience in delivering high-quality classes in this type of hybrid format. Students who have joined us in this model in other programs have found it to be highly conducive to learning and team engagement.

In the event public health restrictions prevent anyone from being on-campus in August, the goal would be to start the program fully online, with the intention of moving back on campus as quickly as possible.

We are also making plans to extend your time in the United States through the end of the Spring 1 term. We want to maintain exposure to both the United States and Chinese cultural aspects of the program that we know each of you value. In addition, we are aware that it is important for many Chinese citizens to be able to reside in the US for at least 180 days to qualify for additional post-graduate benefits in their home country.

We know that for those of you who were looking forward to spending two terms in China, this may be a disappointing shift, but we hope that by still allowing for one full term in China, you will be able to take full advantage of experiencing the culture of China, learning from our world-class faculty in Kunshan and continuing to cultivate relationships with your classmates in a new environment. This one-time solution is a compromise that we have decided to make, given the unique and uncertain times we find ourselves in this year.

We hope that these options provide sufficient confidence that we are prepared and ready to ensure that you are able to begin your program this year. We understand that you have blocked out time on your calendars, and our goal is to retain as much of the existing calendar and term structure as possible. Please view the updated MMS: DKU academic calendar for more details and pre-term activity dates here.

We anticipate hearing from the University in early July regarding news about whether the campus will re-open in-person or online, based on public health restrictions. Our utmost goal is to ensure a safe return to campus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of students around the world. Due to the complexities of teaching and learning in a new environment, many universities have instituted different grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester.

Fuqua admissions will not penalize applicants whose transcripts show Pass/No Pass or other similar grading options from Spring 2020, regardless of whether it was the individual student or the institution that chose a particular option. When examining academic records such as transcripts, Fuqua will focus primarily on an applicant’s performance prior to Spring 2020. Fuqua admissions takes a holistic approach in evaluating applicants, and academic transcripts are only one of the components of the overall applications.

Yes, we will work with students who are unable to collect required documents, such as transcripts or mark sheets, prior to the start of classes. We understand that some universities may not be open at this time, and thus we are willing to work with you in these situations. Please contact the Admissions office to let us know of your specific situation, and we will work with you to ensure that we receive the documents as soon as is reasonably possible. We do not expect any discrepancies between unofficial documents submitted with your application and official documents from the institution, but should there be differences, we would need to work with you to address those differences as quickly as possible to ensure consistency with the honor code.

We know many admitted students are anxious about the uncertainty surrounding travel mobility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving the start date back provides all of us a greater chance to physically be in Durham when we start classes. In terms of the logistics of the program date shift, we were lucky to have incorporated flexibility into our existing structure which allows us to shift the timing of terms with little curricular and co-curricular impact. Most of the time lost will be recovered by extending the end of the program to late May versus late April, as well as slightly shortening the breaks between terms. This has allowed us to maintain our pre-term activities, exam periods following classes, and team development experiences. This also maintains the structure of our co-curricular experiences including club activities, Fuqua Fridays, and Campout. The timing also ensures that you will be available for employment at a traditional time after graduation. Besides the shifting of start dates, the most noticeable change is the compression of Term 1 from six weeks to four weeks. While the pace will be increased, the number of class sessions and content covered will remain the same. In addition, co-curricular activities will be spread throughout Terms 1 and 2 to adapt to the compressed schedule. In creating the revised schedule, our most important goal was to ensure that we maintained all the elements of Fuqua that make it such a rewarding experience. We are extremely fortunate that we have the flexibility to do this, while increasing the likelihood that you and your classmates can start your journey together.

At this time, we do not have plans to change the due dates for tuition deposits. Your student portal will indicate the deposit deadlines to hold your spot in the class. If you have are having extenuating circumstances accessing funds in your home country due to restrictions related to COVID 19, you can always email our Admission department  about an extension and we will review your request.

The change in the program start date will not impact financing options for your program.

Please contact our Financial Aid Office should you have further questions about student loan options (finaid-info@fuqua.duke.edu or 919-660-8079).

We are very much aware of your unique challenges and that a growing number of US Embassies and Consulates are putting Visa appointments on hold. We encourage you, however, to continue to submit your paperwork to us as soon as possible, so that we can issue your 1-20 and you can explore options for scheduling an appointment at the earliest date possible, either at the embassy in your home country or the nearest one outside your home country. We are making plans for international incoming students to still be able to start the program, even if they are delayed in physically getting to Durham.

 

Below is some advice we have about getting your visa paperwork completed:

  • We strongly urge you not to delay in submitting your visa documentation in your student portal. Our team is working hard to quickly process documents so that your I-20 can be mailed as soon as possible. (for security reasons, the U.S. cannot send I-20s electronically). Note: please do NOT wait for your Re Vera credential verification to complete, as the verification process can sometimes take months.
  • Once you receive your I-20, please schedule your visa interview at the US embassy or consulate in your home country as soon as possible. If that is not possible, you may want to inquire about scheduling an interview at another US embassy or consulate outside your local area that IS scheduling appointments.
  • Through our communication with government agencies, we know that some areas may experience a backlog in requests or wait times that are longer than expected. To ensure that your visa will be processed in time to start the program, we ask you to complete this process as soon as possible.
  • We would also suggest you check daily with the US consulate or embassy in your home country to see if appointments open up and you are able to get an earlier date.
  • We cannot advise you on whether it is better to take the 1st available appointment (even if it is after the start date of the program) or to continue to check for an earlier appointment. The best advice is to speak to someone directly at your nearest US Embassy or Consulate to inquire.
  • In the past, incoming students have reported that checking for cancellations right after midnight, local time, increased the chances for some students for scheduling an interview.
  • Many embassies offer expedited visa interview appointments, and we encourage you to look at that option. If you are able to schedule an expedited appointment, Fuqua will credit your bursar account for any fees you have to pay, once you start the program.
  • Please do your part by submitting your paperwork to us as quickly as possible. This will allow us to do our part in mailing the I-20 to you and put you in a position to schedule a visa appointment as soon as something is available.
  • If you were issued an I-20 prior to the change in in program start date, Duke Visa Services will issue a new I-20 reflecting this updated information. You are not required to notify the U.S. consulate of this change and you will receive your new I-20 within 2 weeks. This update will not change your SEVIS number or affect the I-901 SEVIS fee that you already may have paid. Please be certain when entering the country to begin your program that you present only your new, reissued I-20.