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
Your response to this essay question should be a maximum of 350 words in length.
Essay Question: For our MMS: Duke Kunshan University class, the admissions team is looking for students who are eager to engage with, and learn from, their classmates. This learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, as extracurricular engagement is an important part of the MMS experience. Describe how you would plan to be engaged outside of the classroom and how your unique perspective, experiences, and passions will add to the MMS community.
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!