Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Why you should consider this program

Be a leader who demonstrates competence, character, and purpose--a thinker and a doer who can maneuver the complexities of interdependent issues. Aspire to possess the technical acumen, personal attributes, and moral compass to both "get along" and "get it right." Because the world needs MBAs who navigate toward a collective good for ALL stakeholders--others, the organization, the community, and the world. If this sounds like the kind of leader you want to be, then The Duke MBA-Daytime is the program for you. 

The Duke MBA-Daytime program offers concentrations in accounting, decision sciences, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, leadership and ethics, management, marketing, operations management, social entrepreneurship, and strategic consulting. There are also Certificates of Excellence offered in finance and marketing as well as a certificate program in health sector management. Students may pursue joint degrees in public policy, law, environment and earth science, forestry, medicine, nursing, engineering, and computer science.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 77,716 $ 20,000 $ 57,716
Out of state $ 77,716 $ 20,000 $ 57,716
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell Fellows receive a scholarship of 25% tuition and fees, plus consideration for other merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards based upon the strength of their applications.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows will participate in a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows orientation and several workshops and networking sessions during the year. There is a tight knit social network of RPCVs at Fuqua who hold community events throughout the year.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 19,768

Application fee waived?



Fellows are expected to undertake an impactful, ongoing service project that addresses problems and needs of Durham's under-served communities. Fellows should expect to volunteer 10-15 hours per month during the academic year. They will submit brief progress reports at the end of each semester. This service project covers the Coverdell Fellows internship requirement only. Fellows must also complete the required MBA internship between the first and second year of the program.

The Duke MBA offers many opportunities for community engagement. CASE (The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) maintains relations with numerous local nonprofits and manages Fuqua on Board, an extracurricular service learning program that pairs students with local nonprofit boards of directors.

Additionally, fellows will participate in a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows orientation and several workshops and networking sessions during the year.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Jessie End - Head of Industry, Nonprofits and Religion, at Google
  • Joe McMahan - Director, Sustainability Partnerships with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, at Dairy Management, Inc. 
  • Xander Kent - Packaging Innovation & Sustainability Manager, at Amazon 
  • Eddie Breaux - Director, Human Resources, at Fulton County Schools (Georgia)

Other details

Program length

22 months

Application requirements

GMAT, TOEFL (if applicable), essays, two recommendations, academic transcripts, and leadership experience (both personally and professionally). Application must be completed online. Interviews are not required, but are strongly encouraged for all candidates. The Duke MBA admits applicants with a range of test scores; there is no minimum requirement. In making admissions decisions, the candidate's overall strengths and weaknesses is considered and compared against the larger applicant pool. Upon receiving admission to The Duke MBA, you may apply for one of a limited number of fellowships available through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

Admissions process

In the application, check the box in the Financial Aid section to express interest in the Coverdell Fellowship. Applicants must upload a copy of their DOS during the application process. If you are a currently serving Volunteer and do not yet have a copy of your DOS, you may upload a Word document stating when you expect to receive it. The admission decision and scholarship are announced simultaneously

Program begins

Early August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Samira Wellemeyer, Director, International Programs Office

100 Fuqua Drive
# 90120
Durham, North Carolina 27708