I went from an applicant to a student in the Weekend Executive MBA program in just six weeks. When I started exploring MBA programs, I did not even consider applying to Duke. I was focused on schools in my local area of New Jersey.

However, everything changed when I stumbled upon a captivating lecture on the fascinating world of decentralized finance by Professor Campbell Harvey. I instantly fell in love with his teaching style and the course materials. As my interest in the subject grew, I realized how valuable Professor Harvey’s lectures were for both my education and career. This discovery led me to investigate where he taught, eventually learning that he was part of the faculty at Fuqua—setting off my whirlwind of an admissions experience.

Upon reviewing the MBA course structure, I was thrilled to find that it aligned perfectly with my academic aspirations. I was eager to acquire a deeper understanding of all aspects of business and develop my skills in managing various aspects, particularly from a financial perspective. The program’s cost was also manageable for me. Encouraged by this, I decided to contact the admissions committee. To discuss my suitability for the program, I scheduled a one-on-one call with David Steber, assistant director of admissions.

I realized that I had only a couple of weeks to prepare all my documents and submit the application. I had to send in test scores, write essays, request recommendations, and most challenging of all, I had to get my diploma from my home country. David provided invaluable guidance and support throughout the entire process, ensuring I stayed on top of deadlines and submitted all the necessary documents on time. I can’t imagine I would have submitted everything punctually without his assistance.

Here is my advice for anyone considering applying to an MBA program close to the program start date:

1. It’s never too late!

If you have all your materials ready two to three weeks before the deadline, it is indeed possible to apply to the program.

2. Reach out to Fuqua’s admissions team.

They can provide guidance and support to expedite the process efficiently.

3. Start gathering your admissions materials NOW.

Even if you are unsure of whether you want to apply to a program, you can start by compiling a list of individuals who can provide you with strong recommendations. Update your resume to reflect your current achievements, and most importantly, ensure that you obtain an academic transcript from your college or university—especially if your first degree was earned outside of the United States.

Embarking on the Weekend Executive MBA program after a remarkably swift admissions experience was undeniably exhilarating. However, it also posed a challenge as I had limited time to acquaint myself with the course materials beforehand. Fortunately, the unwavering support from my team made me feel incredibly at ease throughout the term. Despite being the last student accepted into the program, I have never once regretted my decision. Choosing Duke was undeniably one of the best choices I’ve ever made.