Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide (2020 Entering Class)

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Required short-answer essay questions (100 words)

1) Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?
2) What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.

Required Long-form essay question

1) 25 random things about yourself

2) Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of the classroom? (Max 2 Pages)

Who Should Buy the Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide?

If you don’t know how to answer the Duke Fuqua 100-word Short-answer questions, we provide a framework to answer the three questions

If you want Sample Essays for inspiration, we have included six sample for the short-answer questions:

Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (100 Words) (Gap in Knowledge in Strategy and Finance)

Sample Post-MBA Career Goals (99 Words)(Marketing for FinTech)


Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (98 Words)(Engineering to Marketing)

Sample Post-MBA Career Goals (94 Words)(Marketing Consulting firm and Product Marketing)

Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (100 Words) (Hobby to Business)

Sample Post-MBA Career Goals (99 Words) (Marketing Consulting firm and Product Marketing)



If you don’t know how to answer the 25 Random Things long-form question, the Essay Guide includes specific tips and examples on how to answer them with wit and intrigue while capturing aspects of your personality not covered in the resume.

If you don’t know how to create a 2-page narrative for the Fuqua Community and you essay, we have a summary of all the outside classroom activities that you can use in the essay

If you need a sample 2-page Essay, we have included that too in the Essay Guide

• Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (784 Words)  

If your essay looks too bland, Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to use storytelling to create an engaging narrative.

We show how to use emotional connectors, use journey narration, and struggles to connect with the reviewer.

We also demonstrate the power of Active Verbs, Vividness, and Chronology to keep the reader on edge.

If you are facing a writer's block or don’t feel confident to write an essay, Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide will give you tips on silencing the analytical mind.

If you feel that your Essays are not persuasive, Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points, and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide includes tips on highlighting secondary leadership traits like Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Self-awareness to prove your potential.

If you don't know how to review your essays, Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide includes an exhaustive list of Editing and Reviewing tips, with special emphasis on removing review biases.

Book Details

Page Length: 263

Entering Class: 2020

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Reviews: 

"What an amazing book! I have read essay guides of all the top consultants, and if I had one book to recommend to someone for writing better essays and completing Fuqua MBA Application, it would be this one! The book starts with a seemingly simple question, What does the MBA admission team want and proceeds to provide a framework for answering all the essay questions. Then, the author shares Sample essays for short-term, long-term goals and plan-b essays.

My takeaway from the examples given in 25 random things is that finding your true voice with humor is a quality that Duke Fuqua wants.

The  Essay Guide describes in great detail how to use storytelling and leadership narratives to influence the admission team's decision. Along the way, there are hundreds of tips on essay writing and editing, that you will find useful."  - Verified Purchase


"Unlike many essay guides, F1GMAT's Duke Fuqua MBA essay guide actually has sample essays. The first chapter focuses on how to write Duke Fuqua MBA. There is an actual framework to write every essay. At the end of the framework, the author demonstrates how to write with a Sample Essay. The next few chapters discuss the importance of narrative. The middle of the book explores storytelling techniques.

I don't have considerable leadership experiences. The chapters on leadership traits show how applicants with minimum team management experience can highlight their personal qualities and map them to the virtues of a leader. The final chapters cover Essay editing and review techniques.

If you are a Duke Fuqua MBA applicant, you will enjoy and learn a ton from this book" - 
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"An insightful book on writing essays for Duke Fuqua. Some of the tips on storytelling breaks into the psyche of human being's desire to be recognized and demonstrate how we can create similar pace of thinking as the admission team. Reread the chapters on storytelling multiple times. The sample essays and framework to write the 25 random things helped me the most. I thoroughly enjoyed F1GMAT's Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide." 
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