MBA Students

Fuqua's centers are designed to bring leaders from the corporate, social and entrepreneurial sectors together with Fuqua students, faculty, and alumni, for the mutual benefit of all. By engaging directly with practitioners, the centers develop insights to fuel research as well as curricular and extra-curricular offerings that reflect current business challenges. By driving sustained engagement and dialog between Fuqua and the leaders who are writing the rules of business, centers enrich the  learning experience and  prepare students to succeed in the industry sector of their choice.

Four centers focus on a particular industry, or vertical, while the other four focus on topics like leadership and innovation that cut across industries. All centers are dedicated to deepening knowledge, improving business practices, and enhancing student opportunities.

Vertical Centers

Our vertical centers establish deep, multi-faceted relationships with the most influential firms in these key industries:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Health Care


The centers associated with our vertical strategy are:

Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) 

Through education, research, and engagement, the center identifies the most promising pathways toward a sustainable energy system and economy, works with leading firms to drive these innovations across their value chains, and helps seed the partnerships that can accelerate these transformations.

The Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment prepares students and businesses to meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. Fuqua faculty support the center's efforts through academic research on energy, development and environmental sustainability, and topics in economics, finance, marketing, decision sciences, and other disciplines. EDGE works to contribute to the body of research among both academics and practitioners, and to highlight Duke research that's relevant for business leaders.

Health Sector Management (HSM) 

Health Sector Management offers a comprehensive program that is ranked among the top health industry business school concentrations in the country. The curriculum immerses students in multidisciplinary learning opportunities and draws on Duke's vast resources in the industry. Faculty, advisors, guest lecturers, executives-in-residence, and real-world projects have connections to industry leaders, including those in nearby Research Triangle Park, home to GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Quintiles, and Trimeris.

Classes provide a strong understanding of health care market fundamentals and exposure to complex interactions among industry players, frequently from those players first-hand perspectives.

Cross-Cutting Topical Centers

Like vertical centers, our four topical centers benefit practitioners and the school as a whole, but are not industry specific. These centers focus on topics that relate to all industries, including:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Ethics


The cross-cutting topical centers are:

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) 

A  world leader in the field of social entrepreneurship. The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship is a research and education center dedicated to promoting the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise. Founded by Greg Dees, regarded as the "father of social entrepreneurship," CASE provides individuals and organizations with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively address social needs around the world.

Since the center was founded, student initiative has been integral to its growth and success. Students spearhead new activities, identify and invite guest speakers to campus, provide input on course and program development, engage in the community, interact with prospective students, and help develop networks of students and alumni interested in using their business skills for social purposes.

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI)  

Through a combination of academic and extra-curricular activities, the center fosters an environment that encourages entrepreneurial thinking. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is committed to creating an outstanding student experience for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The center provides a Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Program for Entrepreneurs, which allows students to work on starting their own companies. On the extra-curricular side, the center supports the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN), the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC), the Duke Start-Up Challenge, the Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series, and the Startup Matchmaker service, among other initiatives.

The Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) 

With the help of an advisory board that includes Fortune 20 CEOs, military generals and accomplished think-tank and consulting leaders, the center is redefining leadership and developing leaders for emerging global challenges. The center does so through research and education, including deepening and extending the way students, academics, and practitioners think about and practice business leadership and ethics.

The Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics was established in 2004 in partnership with Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Duke University Athletics. Through this partnership, the center leverages the resources and experiences of leading academics and practitioners to respond to today's need for ethical leaders and their leadership development.
The center supports rigorous research, offers a leadership and ethics concentration for MBA students, advises a cadre of leadership fellows, offers executive education courses, and hosts the Fuqua School of Business & Coach K Leadership Summit (formerly the Fuqua School of Business & Coach K Leadership Conference). The Center is also developing a Women's Leadership Initiative and a Sport Business Leadership Initiative.