Applicant essays are an important portion of the MMS: DKU application process. These essays allow you to communicate freely with the Admissions Committee, expressing any information that may not be distinctly revealed through your transcript, resume, and other required components of your application. Below are the following required and optional essays we request from our applicants:
Required Essay #1
Respond fully and concisely, in 500 words or less. Use a font size no less than ten-point, with 1.5-line spacing.
Essay Question: Students in the Duke MMS: DKU program experience a unique learning environment, one that spans two continents and is delivered in both locations by our world-renowned Fuqua faculty. MMS: DKU students are diverse in background, nationality, interests, and experiences, and this diversity further enhances the learning environment. Students not only learn from their esteemed professors, but also from their classmates, benefiting from the unique perspective each student brings. How will your previous experiences and background add value to your classmates’ experience?
Required Essay #2
Present your response in list form, numbered from 1 - 25. Some points may only be a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.
Essay Question: The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community sets the Fuqua experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions Team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of "25 Random Things About Yourself." As an admissions team, we already know the new hire's professional and academic background, so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us to get to know someone's personality, background, special talents and more.
In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you — beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes, dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are.
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders or lack of a professional recommendation, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application). Do NOT upload unrequested essays nor additional recommendations in this area. The Optional Essay is intended to provide the admissions committee with insight into your extenuating circumstances only.
An additional essay is required for re-applicants. This requirement applies to you only if you applied to the previous MMS: Duke Kunshan University class. Respond in 2 pages or less.
Essay Question: It is not uncommon for it to take more than one try to achieve a goal. Please share with us the self-reflection process that you underwent after last year's application and how you have grown as a result. How did it shape your commitment to Fuqua and inspire your decision to re-apply?
Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University students are exposed to a rigorous business education on campus in both the US and China. Interested in learning more? Take a look at our admission process and criteria. Contact us with any questions, or begin applying today!