MMS: DKU FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

MMS: DKU Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is the MMS: DKU program appropriate for individuals who have post-collegiate work experience?

The program is designed for individuals who do not have extensive work experience. If you have more than two years of post-collegiate, full-time work experience, you are encouraged to continue working and apply for the MBA program at a later date. If you have questions about what constitutes full-time work experience, or if you have more than 2 years of full time work experience, please contact an admissions counselor at

Is the MMS: DKU program beneficial for entrepreneurs & family businesses?  

Yes. In addition to offering a solid foundation in business, you will develop a strong professional network, which will be a significant resource for you. During the program, you also have the opportunity to share and hone your entrepreneurial ideas with world-class faculty and colleagues.

Is proficiency in Mandarin required for the MMS: DKU program?

No. The program and all coursework are conducted in English.

How can I best contact the Office of Admissions with my questions?  

Email us at to contact one of our MMS admissions counselors.

MMS: DKU Application Process

What are the application deadlines?

Applications are accepted in multiple rounds. Please see here for the latest application deadlines.

Learn more about applying to the MMS: DKU program, including admissions criteria and the application process.

Can I apply to both the MMS: DKU and MMS: FOB programs?

No — applicants must choose the program that fits them best. Candidates are also not allowed to transfer applications from one program to another.

If I am admitted to the MMS: DKU program, may I defer my admission to the following year?

No. Deferrals will not be granted for either MMS program.

If I am denied admissions to MMS: DKU, can I then apply to MMS: FOB?

No — you may only apply to one program in a given admissions year.

If I am denied admissions in an early round, can I reapply for a later round?

No. Applicants may only apply to one round in a given admissions year.

May I change my student status to the MMS: FOB program once I have started the program?  

No. Students must stay with the program track to which they applied and were admitted.

When should I apply for admission?

Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible, without compromising the quality of your application.

Non-US citizens without US permanent residency should apply by Round 2 to ensure sufficient time for visa processing —  learn more on the International Applicants page. Re-applicants who are US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply by Round 2.

Does the Admissions Committee accept three-year bachelor's degrees?

Yes, as long as a candidate has earned a bachelor's degree by the start date of the program, they are eligible to apply.

Does the Admissions Committee prefer a GMAT or GRE score?  

We accept both GMAT and GRE scores. The Admissions Committee pays particular attention to the quantitative score on both exams to ensure that you can handle the rigor of the program.

English is not my first language. Am I required to submit an English language test score (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)?

There is no requirement to submit an English language test score, as your English language ability will be measured through the GMAT/GRE, essays, and interview. However, if you have an English test score, you are encouraged to submit the score. There is no minimum score requirement, and we admit students with a wide range of scores. English language test scores are valid for 2 years from the date of testing.

What should I expect during my interview if I'm selected for one?

Interviews are conducted via Skype or in person. Interviews are conducted by staff, alumni and select second-year MBA students who will ask you a variety of questions, including ones about your educational background and personal interests. At the conclusion of the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the MMS: DKU experience. For more information about interviews, visit our Application Process page.

Can my application be reviewed before my recommenders submit their recommendation forms?

No. Recommendations must be received for an application to be considered complete and ready for review.

If I do not have work experience, who should I ask to write my recommendations?  

One of your recommendations should be from someone, such as a professor, who can speak to your academic abilities, in addition to your performance beyond the classroom. The second recommendation should be from someone who can critique your performance from a professional perspective, such as a manager or internship supervisor. If you do not have work experience, the second recommendation could come from someone you have worked with in a volunteer capacity, through a student club or other organization, or from a second professor.

Can my recommenders mail their recommendations to the Office of Admissions?  

No. We require that all recommenders use the online recommendation form and submit the completed form online. Mailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted.

I am concerned that my GMAT/GRE score and/or my GPA is too low. Should I still apply?

Theres is no minimum GPA or test score requirement — you will be considered within the context of your entire application. We are looking for well-rounded applicants, and we encourage you to apply if you have a genuine interest in the program.

If you are concerned about your GPA or test scores, get in touch with an admissions counselor — you may be contacted for an academic review session with a faculty member during the admissions process. We encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time for this review.

MMS: DKU Academics

Are there any required courses that must be completed before the MMS program?

No. there are no prerequisite courses for the MMS program. However, if you do not have a strong quantitative background, the Admissions Committee recommends that you take quantitatively-rigorous courses such as statistics, calculus or finance. This will give the committee another measure of your quantitative ability in addition to your GMAT or GRE score.

Is there an opportunity to "place out" of or "exempt" MMS: DKU courses if I have already taken similar courses in another program?  

No. The MMS curriculum design cannot be altered in any way.

I have already taken calculus and/or statistics. Do I have to take the summer term course, Fundamentals of Quantitative Business Skills?  

Yes. All courses are required. The curriculum is set and students do not have the ability to opt out of (or add) courses to their schedule.

Are there any joint degree possibilities with the MMS: DKU program?

No, there are no opportunities for joint degrees when enrolled in the MMS: DKU program.

Will MMS: DKU credits transfer to The Duke MBA programs?  

No. Duke's MBA programs do not accept transfer credits, nor are the MMS courses a direct equivalent to MBA courses.

What software programs do I need to be familiar with for the MMS: DKU program?  

You should be able to work in most common computer software programs, particularly Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

What is the level of accessibility and involvement of the faculty?  

Our faculty are very accessible and adopt an open-office policy during the terms in which they teach. Faculty hold office hours and review sessions for each of their classes to ensure that students have the support they need.

Student Life

Do I need to secure my own housing?

Durham has a good range of off-campus housing options available for students. You can ask the admissions and program staff and alumni if you need any support. While studying in China, housing is provided by Duke Kunshan University. Visit our Life on Campus page for further details.

Are there breaks between terms?  

Yes, there are breaks between each term. The winter and spring breaks are typically longer than the breaks you may have had in your undergraduate experience and are designed to provide you with time to facilitate your job search. View the full MMS: DKU academic calendar here.

Financing MMS: DKU

How do I apply for a scholarship?

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships during the admissions process. PRC citizens are also offered a need-based assistance option.

How much money is awarded in scholarships?

Scholarship award amounts vary and can be awarded up to the full amount of tuition. We do not release detailed  information related to the amount of scholarships awarded.

Will financial aid be available?

Financial aid is available in the form of merit-based scholarships, need-based financial aid for Chinese students, and through various student loan programs. Visit our Costs & Financial Aid page for further information on financing options and program expenses.

All inquiries regarding merit-based financial aid should be directed to:

Office of Financial Aid
The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0120
Phone: +1.919.660.8079

All inquiries regarding need-based financial aid should be directed to:

DKU Financial Aid Committee

Recruiting & Careers

May I attend MBA recruiting events?

Generally, no. MMS recruiting events and interviews are held separately to ensure that you are meeting representatives and learning information appropriate to your employment potential.

What types of job opportunities might be available to me?  

The MMS: DKU program prepares graduates for analyst-level positions in a variety of business functions across industries such as marketing, market research, product and brand management, financial analysis, investment analysis, research, sales and trading, and account management.

Read MMS: Duke Kunshan University Employment Reports to learn about some of the jobs our graduates have obtained.

What is the role of the Career Management Center (CMC) in helping me get a job?  

The CMC partners closely with you to provide support in three primary ways:

  1. Program and Resource Development — A comprehensive program of career development, including self-assessment, job search and interview preparation sessions. Professional development is also built into the MMS coursework.
  2. Career Coaching — The CMC facilitates individual and small-group consultation in person, over the phone, and by email on both an appointment and walk-up basis. Career Advisors for the Master of Management Studies (CAMS) also serve as a resource for students.
  3. Corporate Marketing and Outreach — This is a comprehensive approach to expand the MMS recruiting portfolio, to develop new and existing recruiting partnerships, and to assist you in gaining access to employers and alumni of interest. We leverage existing corporate partnerships to expose students to a variety of premier employers.

What guarantee do I have that this program is worth it? Am I going to get a job or a better job?  

While there is never a guarantee of employment, this program was created in large part as a response to recruiter feedback. Employers have told us that they find significant value in liberally or scientifically-trained undergraduates who also have advanced business knowledge and skills. In fact, Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd., said, "The MMS program is an innovative program which will give students an outstanding foundation to join the business community. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, we look to hire individuals with diverse backgrounds, and I see this program as a key enabler to help individuals not only succeed in our organization, but more importantly, to help prepare them for a successful career in business."

Our Career Management Center (CMC) has strong relationships with many premier employers. Our expert staff provides career programming, including a comprehensive outreach program to educate recruiters about the value MMS graduates bring to organizations. As an MMS student, you will not compete for (nor will you be recruited for) the same positions as MBA students. Many of the same companies, however, will recruit from both programs.

How competitive will I be in the job search process?  

You will bring your undergraduate background to the job search, a foundational knowledge in business topics from the MMS curriculum, and a meaningful immersion in two of the world's largest economies. This will give you a distinct professional profile and a key advantage over recent college graduates in the job search process.

After Graduation

Can I go straight from the MMS: DKU program to an MBA program?  

We do not recommend you go straight into an MBA program after the MMS program. Most MBA programs place a great deal of value on the work experience that students bring to the classroom, so we recommend you gain work experience before applying to an MBA program.

MMS: DKU Waitlist

How many people are on the waitlist?

We are unable to disclose an exact number of people who are wait-listed. Candidates on the waitlist may be admitted, or may choose to remove their name from the waitlist at any point in the process. Therefore, the actual number of candidates on the waitlist can vary from day to day. Please be advised that the Admissions Committee has made a conscious decision to limit the number of applicants who are wait-listed.

Now that I have been wait-listed, can I switch my application to the MMS: FOB program?

No. Applicants may only apply to one program in a given admissions year.

Can I retake the GMAT or GRE?

Yes. We accept new scores from applicants who choose to remain active on the waitlist. Deciding to retake the GMAT/GRE is a personal decision — if you feel that you did not test at your highest potential, it might be in your best interest to retake the test.

If you decide to take the GMAT/GRE again, please notify our office so that we may look for your new score. Official test scores must also be formally requested through Pearson Vue or ETS, using program code Q13-N5-19 for GMAT or 5156 for GRE, which will ensure that your new score is sent to our office. It typically takes one to three weeks for our office to receive an official score, once requested.

Is the waitlist ranked and if so, what number am I on the waitlist?

No, the waitlist is not ranked. However, it is imperative that you inform the committee of your intentions to remain active on the waitlist. Only those applicants who have elected to remain active on the waitlist will be considered for admission.

When will the Admissions Committee review wait-listed candidates?

The Admissions Committee may review applications of wait-listed candidates at any point during the application process. You will be informed immediately if/when a new decision has been made on your application. As such, please be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your contact information.

When is the latest I would be admitted from the waitlist?

In the past, we have admitted students from the waitlist as late as the start of orientation.

I was wait-listed for an interview. What should I do?

You will receive an email notification if you are selected to interview at a later date. No action is needed on your part until you receive this email. Please refer to the Admissions Process page for details on the interview policy.

I was not wait-listed specifically for an interview. May I schedule an interview?

By policy, interviews are by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee determines that an interview is needed to make a final decision on your application, you will be contacted directly in order to schedule and complete your interview.

May I submit additional information for the Admissions Committee to consider?

Yes. During the coming months, you may submit additional information that you feel will be helpful to the committee in consideration of your file. Brevity and relevance are important when determining what to submit — it is not necessary to duplicate information already covered in your application. All information must be sent via email to ensure that it will be placed in your file. Examples of updates may include:

  • Information on recent professional or community accomplishments
  • An additional recommendation
  • Transcripts for recently completed coursework
  • A copy of a new test score (official score must also come from Pearson Vue/ETS)
  • Any changes in contact information (mailing address, phone number or email)

How should I submit additional information?

We prefer that any updates to your file be submitted to our email account specifically designated for applicants on the waitlist. This account is checked regularly and you will receive verification of receipt of your email within five to seven business days. Should you prefer to send an update via postal mail and you wish to have verification of the receipt of your mailing, please use a carrier that provides a delivery confirmation.

I have a question that has not been addressed in the waitlist FAQs. What should I do?  

Should you have an inquiry regarding the waitlist process, please feel free to contact our office via email. We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding your application status.

Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University students study in both the US and China, gaining practical, hands-on business knowledge and valuable career development skills. Interested in learning more? Contact us with any questions, or begin the admissions process today.