Admissions

Students are admitted to the Fuqua PhD program in strategy through Duke University’s Graduate College. Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree) from an accredited institution, and for degree programs, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the GMAT. International applicants must also provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Required materials include:

  • Electronic application. The electronic application can be accessed by clicking here.
  • $85 application fee (unless otherwise noted on a Duke departmental web site)
  • Three letters of evaluation
  • Official, confidential transcript(s)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT scores (report code: 5156)
  • English language proficiency test scores — either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing System (IELTS) accepted, but IELTS is preferred.

The Fuqua School of Business offers financial support to all those admitted to the Ph.D. program. The following support is offered in the first year:

  • A full tuition grant, registration and mandatory health fees while in the program.
  • A monthly stipend. As part of their doctoral training and educational experience, students work as research and teaching assistants for an average of 10 hours per week.
  • Additional research assistantship funds are also available beyond the first year.

Students continue to receive at least the monthly stipend for up to five years of the program, provided that the major field examination has been passed before the beginning of the fourth year. Obtaining research assistantship funds depend upon the student arranging to work with faculty members on research projects of mutual interest.