Which working professional program is right for me?

Which working professional program is right for me?

– Hi, I am Erika Elaine Glander, and I am the Assistant
Director of Admissions. – Hi, I’m Allison Jackson, and I’m also the Assistant Director of Admissions. – And we both work for our
working professional programs here at The Fuqua School of Business. And today we are going to talk about which working professional
program is right for me? So today, we are going to talk about both of our executive MBA programs, their overview, and the Fuqua experience. We’re also going to really
discuss our curriculum overview, the similarities and differences
between both programs, as well as our term
structure, our elective term, and our tuition and fees,
and how to stay engaged with us throughout the admissions process. – [Allison] So at Fuqua, we
only offer one Duke MBA degree, whether you complete the
Daytime, the Weekend, or the Global, it’s the same rigor, you have the same resources,
and it’s the same credential. Both working professional
MBA programs offer a compressed, hybrid delivery format over 19 months for the Weekend Executive, and 18 months for the Global Executive. For both programs, a
portion of your learning will take place in the classroom, while the other portion is online. Studying the same general
management curriculum taught in all Duke MBA programs, you’ll take a core that spans all functional areas of business. The rigorous curriculum and
emphasis on cohort learning combine to ensure you become a
leader who empowers your team to do what’s best for the
business and the company. The Weekend Executive
begins every year in May, and the Global Executive
begins every year in July. And finally, there’s no opportunity cost. You’re applying what
you’re learning in class that weekend to the workplace on Monday. – [Erika] So, you’ll notice here that we have 10 core curriculum classes that are very similar between both the Global Executive and the Weekend Executive MBA format. Again, as Allison mentioned, they span all functional
areas of business, and the rigor is the same as
our full-time MBA program. Where the differences lie
are in these different educational opportunities
that both the Weekend and the Global cohort offer you. So the Weekend program
offers a leadership series, where you take leadership, ethics, and organizations, or LEO for short. You also take two integrative
leadership experience courses, as well as a leadership
and development course, whereas the Global program
takes managerial effectiveness, leadership for the Global Executive, and global immersion classes while they’re in their
international residencies. So here, you will notice that this is a sample Weekend curriculum. So don’t get stuck on the
dates or even where they fall in each term, but just
notice that this is how we divvy up the 18 total courses for the Weekend Executive
program throughout five terms. You will also have two teams for the Weekend Executive MBA program. You will have a team
for terms one and two, and then you will have a
term for three and four. For your final term,
you select your teams. So those aren’t teams you select for you, but you get the opportunity
to select which team you want to be on for which
elective course you take. But again, noticing
that you will divvy out all of your classes very
equally throughout 19 months. And there’s also an optional Global Academic Travel Experience. The Global Academic Travel Experience for the Weekend Executive MBA
program studies the business, culture, economy and politics
of a country or a region. It is an academic course that can replace one of
your elective courses. Or it can be taken as a
fifth elective course. It’s six weeks of a distance class, followed by an in-person residency to your international
residency experience. So it’s a 12 day trip that you conclude your experience with. Prior locations have been Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia,
Thailand, or Latin America, Argentina, Peru, and even China as well. So it’s a great experience to globalize your educational experience here at Fuqua, while participating in the
Weekend Executive MBA program. – [Allison] So I won’t
linger on this too long. It’s, you know, a lot is covered, as what Erika just said. So here’s the sample curriculum
for the Global program. The only difference is that this spans over six terms, as opposed to five terms. But same team structure,
where you’re on the same team for terms one and two, and then you go through team changeover in term three, which is going to be in Santiago, and you’ll be with that team from term three until term five. And then, again, you get
to choose your own team, just like the Weekend program,
during the elective term. And as Erika said, it’s
across both programs. So you can choose teammates who are either all in the Global Executive program, or if you want to have some teammates on the Weekend Executive
as well as Global, that is up to you. – [Erika] Also, no matter
which program you are in, whether it’s the Global Executive or the Weekend Executive MBA program, you have an option to complete one of five concentration areas: energy and environment,
entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, marketing, or strategy, or you can participate
in a certificate program, the Health Sector Management
certificate program. Whereas the concentration
are additional courses that you would complete
during elective term, followed by a project
course after elective term, the certificate program
includes additional courses past the traditional MBA curriculum. So it does involve a little
bit further education for the certificate, and that’s why it’s a certificate and
not a concentration. But both, these options are identical across working professional programs. I will also mention that the
certificate can be completed as an alumni of our executive MBA program, so you do not have to complete the health sector management certificate during the program, you can
complete it as an alumni. I also want to highlight,
here is an example, terms one through four for the Weekend Executive MBA program. You’ll notice for the Weekend program, you have 13 total campus,
in-person residencies, alternated with 12
hybrid Saturday formats, and optional international
travel, as I discussed before. So Each term consists of a reading period, followed by residencies where you’re in-person for three days, taking classes together
with your entire cohort, and then you alternate
that in-person experience with your entire cohort with
what we call hybrid Saturday. Hybrid, they’re still live, you can just choose to do
it in-person or online. And then all finals
are done at a distance. Each class will be different, but you do not have to have an additional in-person
residency to complete finals. And then you’ll have a break for about six to nine
days, in-between each term. So this is what a sample
monthly residency looks like, it is jam-packed. You will be in class (chuckles) from the beginning of the day all the way ’til the end. And you’ll notice we do
schedule time for fun, so it’s not just all business here at the Fuqua School of Business, but you will maximize all
of your in-person time to get to know your
cohort as best as you can. Thursday, as you’ll
notice, it’s a travel day, so it’s optional events that
happen on Thursday evening, but class starts promptly
on Friday morning, and you’re done by one
o’clock Sunday afternoon, so you can get home to
those families and friends. Now the alternate experience is, this is the example for a hybrid session. Hybrid is that Saturday
where you could choose to come in-person, or
you could do it online, via the Zoom platform. However, this is live. Everybody in your entire
cohort is doing this together. So you’ll notice this picture depicts the people who come in-person, you’re still seeing those same classmates that you saw on a residency weekend, but you’re seeing them online. And this allows everybody
from the West Coast to all across the United States to still participate in-person and not lose that cadence
with their classmates. – [Allison] Here is a breakdown of what your Global Executive MBA term looks like, very similar to the Weekend in terms of how it’s broken down, so
I won’t go into each of these different components, because
you just heard about it, but the difference is the six terms, as opposed to five terms. And so there are six residencies, the first and the last
residency taking place here in Durham, North
Carolina, for 14 days, and residencies two through five are in international locations
that are eight days long, and the locations are Shanghai, Santiago, New Delhi, and Berlin. And then after your residency,
you have a one week break, and then you launch into
your distance learning, which are all live classes, these are live virtual classes, hosted on Zoom every Saturday morning, usually from about 9:00 a.m. until noon. You’ll take two classes about an hour to an hour and a half each, and again, they’re all
live with your faculty. And then at the end, finals
occur at the end of each term, and they are completed at a distance. And then you get a one week break, and you start all over again. And again, you do this six times. So this is an example
of what you might expect during a Global residency. And like the Weekend, you
can expect a full schedule. In addition to taking classes, you will attend corporate
site visits to local business, listen to key industry
speakers give presentation on economic trends and new initiatives, meet with career advisors
to discuss next steps in your professional development, and of course, participate
in cultural activities. The corporate site visits
are an important part of the Global residency experience, and you’re given several companies representing various
industries to choose from. Your visit typically includes
a tour of the facility, a brief presentation from a C-suite member about the company, and then an opportunity for you to ask questions. Residencies are mandatory,
so it’s important to speak with your supervisor about your participation
expectation during that time. One of the unique parts about
the international residencies is that you’re traveling
to these locations not only with your team and cohort, but with Fuqua faculty,
the academic department, career coaches, even the
IT department joins you, so you still have access
to these key industry, these key campus resources, even though you’re
halfway around the world. And although the residencies are intense, students also find time to enjoy where they are in the world. For example, during the
Shanghai residency in term two, each team is given a list of groceries to buy at a local wet
market, and then tasked with cooking an authentic
Chinese meal for everyone. So you work hard, but you also get to enjoy where you are, too. – [Erika] So both the Weekend and the Global Executive
MBA program culminate in what we like to call
elective term, or super term, here in Durham, North Carolina. So in September of your following year, you will return to campus
for a final two week, intensive session of electives, and complete those courses remotely. So you start with two weeks here, you take two classes during week one, and you take two classes during week two, so four total elective
classes, of your choosing. Your cohort will also expand
to include both cohorts, so this will be the first
time that you get to interact with the Global Executive
students if you’re Weekend, or the Weekend Executive students if you’re the Global program. So these new teammates will
come from around the world, represent different industries, so you’ll practice with a
brand new set of professionals. After the extended residency, you’ll continue working together remotely in a 10 week distance learning period that includes live online
classes every Saturday morning. And then you’ll finish
with your finals period, again, at a distance, so no additional in-person
residencies for those finals. Now this slide, I know it’s crazy, do not get caught down in the details, but this shows that, just
like a Global residency and just like a Weekend residency, we pack in as much as we physically can in these experiences together. Everything from the Duke
basketball experience, which is of course a must, down to guest speakers,
career management sessions, and of course, those elective classes that you’ve been looking forward to so much throughout your program. – [Allison] So all this
sounds great, right? But how much does it cost? Well in the tuition, the total tuition for both the Global and the
Weekend Executive programs, all of your residency
expenses are included, which includes all of your accommodations, all of your hotel accommodations for both Weekend and Global, all of your meals, your
books and materials, you just have to get
yourself to the location. So flights are not included,
everything else is. – [Erika] We want to thank you so much for attending today’s session. We want to now open it up to our audience. We would like you to submit questions throughout the chat feature
of this presentation, and we will answer them
live, here with you today. So please let us know if
you have any questions, and we are happy to answer
them as they come in. – All right, I don’t see any yet, so we’ll give you some time
to send in your questions. I know we threw a lot
of information at you, but we are here to help make some of that information make
a little bit more sense, so we’ll give you a couple minutes. – Allison.
– Yeah. – If I’m going through,
trying to figure out which program is for me, and I really can’t help narrow it down, are there any additional resources that our office offers
to prospective students, to help them figure out which
program is right for them? – So the best resources, really, I mean, you’re looking at them.
(Erika chuckles) Schedule calls with us. We really take a very personal approach when it comes to figuring out
what program is right for you, and if, ultimately,
Fuqua is the right choice for you overall, and so just
having conversations with us, we’ll look at your resume, hear a little bit about your
background, your intentions, your career trajectory goals, and then figure out, based
on that, and your interests, which program is going to
be the right fit for you. And then in addition to that, we’ll take it a step
further and connect you to current students in
the program or alumni. They’re the best resource
to really get down to the nitty gritty about what it’s like to be in these programs, and so we’d be happy
to connect you to them. And we’ve had some questions come in! (both laugh) So this is wonderful, keep ’em coming! Okay, so first question, “What are your undergrad requirements?” Take it away.
– Yeah, I’ll take it. (chuckles) It’s a good question. So we do not require undergraduate degrees in quantitative subjects
or in business fields. We take undergraduate
degrees from any realm of educational background. I will say the biggest thing is that our programs
are highly quantitative, so you do want to have a rigorous background
academically, or professionally. And so if you have an undergraduate degree in business, or finance, or
accounting, or engineering, we also do, we pair it with not only your academics from
undergrad, graduate school, but we also pair it with a test, for our academic portion, so we are still looking to make sure that you quantitatively will
be able to handle our program, but you don’t necessarily have to have majored that in undergrad. – We have a lot of students who do not have a business background, or anywhere near a business
background in the program, and they’re doing fantastically. So don’t let that deter you, there are ways to, as Erika said, demonstrate your quantability. We love to have a variety
of backgrounds, so again, step one, come have a
conversation with us, and we’ll kind of give
you some personal guidance as to if these programs
make sense for you, based on your background. Okay. “Will there be a recording
available for this sessions?” – [Both] Yes. – We will record this,
(both laugh) and we will be happy to send it out. Okay. Next question, “Would you
recommend the Global program “for full-time working professionals?” So both of our working
professional programs, the Weekend and the Global, are for full-time working professionals, so yes, absolutely.
(Erika chuckles) “When is the earliest you can apply “for a respective cohort?” – So we are now in the
middle of recruitment for our programs that start
in May and July of 2020, so if you’re thinking
about starting this year, please, start your application today. If you’re thinking about next year, we will launch our applications for our following academic start of 2021 in the summer of 2020, so be on the lookout
for those applications to launch this summer. – And, can you, what are
the application deadlines? (both laugh) – Next question. – That’s a great followup question! So our application
deadlines, they do differ for both the Global and the
Weekend Executive MBA programs, so I want to point you to our website to make sure you have the
exact deadlines on hand, but we traditionally start accepting applications in
the summer of each year. And for the Weekend
program, the final deadline is March 11th, before the program starts. So that’s very important, is that March 11th is the final date that we will accept applications
for the start date in May. Allison, what’s the final
deadline for the Global program? – For Global program is May 28th. For international
applicants, it is April 28th. Okay. Forgot I’m the one with the questions. (Erika chuckles) Okay, we have a bunch
of questions requesting our contact information, so we’ll see if we can cue that slide up again that has both of our emails on there, so you can reach out to
us and schedule a call. If you shoot us an email, let us know you’re interested in hopping on the phone we’ll send you our calendars, and then you can just schedule, just choose a date and time
that work best for you. And these are 30 minute calls, so not super long. Oh, there you go. And I think you can
see this at the bottom. Yeah, we’d love to chat with you, and also make sure you have
your resume ready to go. So you can send that
in advance of the call, just so we have an idea of your background ahead of our call, but that’s
certainly not a requirement. Okay, “What is the total tuition?” For the Global program,
it’s just under $150,000 I believe it’s $149,050. And that’s total for the two years. Again, inclusive of
everything but the flights. And for Weekend? – The Weekend program is $140,400 and again, that is for start
to finish of the program, so it includes terms one through five. – Okay, and so we’re back on screen, but if anyone else needs
our contact information, if that wasn’t long enough, let us know, and we’ll put it back up. So just send us a question about it. Okay. “What have you seen other students “who have grappled with the decision “between WEMBA and GEMBA state “as the deciding factor for
picking one or the other?” Well my perspective is,
(Erika chuckles) it’s a time commitment, there are a lot of
similarities in the programs, nuts and bolts, it’s the delivery. I think people want to
do the Global program, but it doesn’t always align
with their work schedule, family commitments, it can
make it a little tricky. It’s manageable, we have a lot of students in the Global program who have families, you’re all working professionals, full-time working professionals, so it is manageable, it is more difficult than doing the Weekend program. So I think it comes down to time, fit, and if you want to have that global, that added layer of global competency when it comes to business
as a part of your MBA. Any more to add? – I would agree. I think one of the biggest things is that you’ll notice
in both of our formats, you get an understanding of global business in either program, and you get an understanding of leadership in either program. So really, it comes down
to that format delivery. Are you able to take extended periods of time away from work? With the Weekend program,
it’s once a month that you’re out of work, so sometimes, a lot of our students are
actually even reporting that it’s no longer a discussion between them and their employer. I would say, please discuss
it with your employer, it’s very important
(both laugh) to have them on board
for just moral support. But you can be gone from work
one day, one day a month. But again, talk to us,
we’ll put you in contact with all these students that may match your profile
a little bit better, and they can help you sort
of navigate that process. – Yeah, and I don’t know if
you mentioned this, also, but the profile of the
students is also the same. So there isn’t a difference
in student profile between the two programs, there’s still the same diversity of industry and background, so it really, truly comes down to a
difference in delivery. So whether you want to do
one week residency sprints every three months with
the Global program, or if you want to come
every, once a month. Okay, we kind of hit on this before, but “If you have a non-business “or non-quantitative background, “what can applicants do to
better prepare for the program?” Well, I will always keep coming back. Step one, talk to us,
(Erika chuckles) and we’ll kind of be able to
tailor our recommendations based on your background, so it’s a little bit more personalized, but in a general sense, I mean, you can take a
standardized test, the GMAT, Executive Assessment is also a new test that’s come around, it’s
administered through GMAC, who does GMAT, but it’s tailored more for working professionals and those who’ve been out of
school for 10 plus years. So that would be great. Coursera, you could take
courses on Coursera, or… – Coursera’s the one
that I would default to. – You could also do MBA Math. So MBA Math is, it’s required for all of our MBA students before they start. So both Weekend and
Global, you have to do this before you start the program. Some students, especially
if you don’t have a really strong quantitative background in academics or in your profession, they’ll go ahead and do
it with their application, just to kind of show,
along with everything else, that they can actually do the quant part. So again, hop on the phone with us, we can walk you through that and send you the information for MBA Math. Anything else to add about– – I would add, if you
have time on your side, that is the biggest gift that I can say a lot of people have when they’re researching
working professional programs. A lot of you live in areas where you could take a community
college statistics class, or algebra class. Those are great in-person experiences that will strengthen you
not only as an applicant, but it will strengthen your performance in any MBA program, not just ours. A second thing, a lot of you work for very large corporations. Just like Duke offers leadership
and development classes. Take an Excel class. Utilize all of those free opportunities that you have in your
current employment situation, because that will pay off
dividends in your program. – Absolutely, that’s a, that’s a good point. So moving, kind of goes along with this, “Is
a GMAT or EA mandatory?” – It is not. (chuckles) We do offer a waiver process
for students applying to our executive MBA programs
for a test requirement. So there are three test options, again, the Executive Assessment,
the GMAT, or the GRE, but we do offer a waiver process, and what the consists of is
a copy of your transcripts, whether it be undergraduate,
and your doctoral, masters, any of your additional
transcripts post-undergrad, paired with your updated resume. So it is crucial that you
have an updated resume for us to look at, and we look at both, not just your educational background, but your current work experience, to see what you are doing quantitatively, because at the end of the day, we want you to be
successful in our program. And so what that is doing is looking at what you are doing today
and what you’ve done prior, to help us understand if a test is not really going to
demonstrate that for us. – “Some other EMBA programs “require an employer letter of support. “Is that not required of Duke’s programs?” Correct, it used to be, not anymore. We just strongly encourage
you, as Erika said before, to have a conversation with your company. Just let them know this is
something you’re considering, show them the calendars, we
can email you the calendars, just so you can give them a visual of what it’s going to look like for you going through this program, and come up with a plan of attack, especially for those of you who are the point persons for a
department, for a project, have a second line of command, and just have all these things
prepared and ready to go, almost in a formal proposal
for this conversation, because they’re going to appreciate it, and you’re going to feel
a lot more supported, as you go through this whole process of looking for an MBA program. “What sector do Duke grads
mostly gravitate towards? “For example, Wharton
is known for finance.” – It’s a great question. So our individuals come across
all different platforms, and industries, and
sectors, and job functions, and I would say that it’s as individuals every single graduating year. So each year you’ll see it change based on what the cohort is in. Obviously, Fuqua has a,
you can see on our website, we have a lot of
individuals that gravitate towards consulting for
our full-time MBA program, or finance for our full-time MBA program, but our executive programs
are incredibly diverse. So you will notice, it’s
not just consulting, or not just finance. There’s healthcare, there’s operations, there’s oil and gas energy
industry represented. – Education, nonprofit, government, we have a lot of veterans. It’s, yes, very diverse. – So I wouldn’t say there
is a majority industry that our individuals gravitate towards for a working professional program. – And also because a lot of our students aren’t necessarily
looking to make a change. They’re coming from a
lot of these backgrounds, but a lot of them stay in
those industries, as well. I think that there are more pivots in a working professional
program than people realize, and so we have ample career
resources for that, as well. But, you know, there is
demand for career pivots, but a lot of our students tend to stay in the industry
that they came in with. Okay, this is for the Weekend program. “I want to know if anyone with an H1 visa “and working in the U.S.A. is considered “as international student, “or if they can be eligible to apply “by round five of the
Weekend Executive program, “since they don’t need a student visa.” – It is a really good question. So, we do not offer educational visas for the Weekend Executive MBA program, meaning we do not have a deadline for international students to apply. Because the question itself said you’re not asking the school for a visa, you are here on a working visa, you can apply as late as March 11th. And we welcome your application. – Yes. Okay. So someone is asking, yes. So email either the
[email protected], if we could put the contact
screen up one more time, email either of these email addresses to schedule a call with
either Erika or myself to discuss either the Global
or the Weekend program. And as you can see,
(Erika chuckles) we work across programs, so if you truly are torn between the two, we can speak to either, so don’t feel like you can only speak
to Erika about the Weekend and only speak to me about the Global. We are the, so I am the, I guess,
(Erika laughs) the head admissions person
for the Global program, Erika is for the Weekend, but we can speak about either one, so, I would say just get on the phone with either one of us.
(both laugh) Okay, next question. These are great questions,
so keep ’em coming. “Is it more difficult to
utilize career resources “for people to use OCR “if you are in the GEMBA Program?” – On-campus recruitment.
– On-campus recruiting, that’s what I thought. This is an excellent question, I get this question a lot. Yes.
(Erika chuckles) It is difficult, it is not impossible. It is difficult if… Addendum, it is difficult
if you are not local, to take advantage of OCR in the Global program,
because you’re not here. Those students who are local have more opportunity to participate. I actually know a Global
student who was just graduating who transitioned in jobs in
the middle of the program. She went through OCR, got an internship, and is now working for them. So it is absolutely possible to participate in on-campus recruiting, you just need to work
with the career counselors and figure out what of our resources is going
to be the best match for you, and maybe it’s on-campus recruiting, maybe it’s, you know– – Custom recruiting. – Yeah, it could be, we have a lot of different
resources for our students, and it’s more personalized. So I would say work
with a career counselor and make sure that’s right for you, and if it is, good luck. – And I’ll add to that
that on-campus recruiting, timeline-wise, it is a very
structured and rigorous process. So our career management center is going to work with every single one of our executive MBA students. If that is your goal, to participate in on-campus recruiting, they
are going to work with you to help make sure that you are the most competitive
candidate that you can be. They are also going to lay
out that timeline for you so you are not surprised by any of it. Because you are a working professional, you may not be local to the Durham area, so they want to make sure you have all of that information in front of you. The second thing I will
say is it does pair up… It does not pair up identically to your elective term in September, but that is the time period of that fall, in which on-campus recruitment happens, so you will be nearing the time of your end of your program, so you will have a lot of resources that you’ve already used throughout your 18 or 19 months, respectively, so you’ll be able to use all of that, but paired with, it is
very custom-structured, but they’re going to
help you along the way. They’re not going to let
you fail at this process, if you’re interested in it. – Yeah, their motto is, they meet you where you are, wherever that is. Okay, what, “How many students “do you accept for each program, “for Weekend and Global?” So typical cohort size
for the Global program is on average about 95, so
between 90 and 100 students, and for the Weekend.
(Erika laughs) – And for the Weekend program,
it is a little bit larger. It’s 175 people, currently. So it is three sections individually, versus two sections for the
Global Executive MBA program. – Okay. Well it looks like we have gone through all of the questions that have come in. Are there any others? We want to make sure everyone’s
question gets answered, so, if you have any others,
go ahead and send them in, otherwise, we’ll start wrapping things up. It’s been a pleasure, I
hope this has been helpful. Oh, here’s one. “What is the acceptance rate “of the Weekend Executive program?” – It’s a great question. Throughout this entire presentation, we have really honed in on contacting us, and talking to us about
your individual situation. So I will be very
transparent in this moment and say we will work with you to make you the most competitive applicant, and we are also not afraid
to let individuals know how to strengthen their application. So if we see a weakness in
working with applicants, we’re going to point that out to you and help you make it stronger, so that you’re not on the
tail end of a denial letter. So that’s why it is so crucial to reach out to us throughout
the entire process, to just help us highlight
where we may see some holes, to make sure that you can be the most competitive person applying to our executive MBA programs. – Okay. And do we have any upcoming events? – We do, we have a lot of upcoming events. You can log on to our Fuqua events website and notice that we will be hosting lunches throughout the country,
coming up in a few weeks. Allison and I will be hitting the road and hosting some lunches
with our current students and alumni in those regional areas. We also have individualized
virtual information sessions for both programs posted as well. And we also have on-campus events, and on-campus events, I think, are the best way that you
get to meet us in-person. – Absolutely. – You know, not saying that (chuckles) we’re not fun to be around, but you get to come in-person, see Fuqua, see the professors, see the
actual in class experience, you get to talk to alumni, and really get that in-person experience of what is this lived experience that I’m about to get myself into? And so those are, we have them posted, they’re in January, February, and March. – Yep. “Do we reach out before
the interview process “to strengthen your chance of acceptance?” Yes, yes. So the application
interview can be completed at any point during the
application process, you just need to start an application, and then you could do your
interview shortly after that, you could wait until you’ve completely
finished your application, you’ve submitted it,
and it’s the last piece, so we kind of leave it to you to decide when you want to do that, and you schedule it on
the application itself. But yes, we strongly
encourage you to have the, we call them pre-qual conversations, before you do your interview, just to answer any questions that you have about the admissions
process, about the programs, next steps, and then obviously, how to prepare yourself for the interview, and also for the
admissions process itself. So definitely look to these conversations as a resource and as a (stutters) preparation resource,
(Erika laughs) for the interview, and for the
application process itself. – These calls are no pressure calls, for everyone out there listening. We really are trying to
get to know who you are and what we can help you with. So we said pre-qual, it’s not pre-qualifying
you for the program, it is really helping you understand how to make yourself
the strongest applicant that you can be, and also
giving us the idea of, oh my gosh, I need to
pair Allison with Erika, they’ll just hit it off, and giving you all the resources that we have at our fingertips. – Well it looks like we’ve, again, gone through our questions, so I think we’ll go ahead and wrap things up, unless we get one last one
in the next 10 seconds, (Erika chuckles) we’ll go ahead and wrap it up. Thank you all so much for joining us. Again, I hope this is helpful. We’re here to answer questions, if we haven’t already made that clear. We’re excited to talk
about these programs, we think they’re amazing, and we hope that you would be a great
fit for Fuqua as well. Thank you!
– Bye.

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