Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Teaching Principles

Teaching Principles Slideshow

Our classes are as boundless as your thinking. The MMS: FOB program is not about filling your head with facts and figures for testing purposes. We integrate your unique knowledge and perspective with our world-class business curriculum and apply it to real-world situations. Once you grasp the fundamentals, prepare to move quickly from theory into practice.


  • It's our job to challenge and inspire you. MMS: FOB courses are taught by Fuqua's top-ranked faculty. Our professors have travelled the globe helping companies find solutions to business problems and doing research that advances business knowledge on a daily basis. Ranked No. 1 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek for intellectual capital (2008 - 2012), our faculty are dedicated to helping you succeed. Engagement with faculty inside and outside of the classroom provides you with ample opportunities to pick the brains of some of the greatest business minds in the world.

    Get a closer look at Fuqua's faculty.

    Tyler L. Says:
    Only the “A” Team here. Fuqua faculty teach across all programs—MBA and MMS, alike.
  • When it comes to real-world business challenges—we don't play pretend. Get an inside glimpse of how iPod revived Apple, what leadership challenges the first female CEO of eBay struggled with early in her tenure, or how the OPEC cartel is able to unilaterally manipulate oil prices.

    Classes use real business cases as the basis for classroom discussion and team assignments. The case-based learning method challenges you to understand business problems from the corporate perspective. Use what you learn in class and what you know from your collective team experiences to recommend a solution. Through case-based teaching, you learn real-world lessons about making decisions with incomplete data and in times of uncertainty when there's no obvious right or wrong answer.

    As you work through real-world cases, you obtain a new vocabulary, industry knowledge, and an appreciation for the human resource, management, and leadership challenges companies face every day. These case-by-case realizations will ultimately help you narrow and refine your career options and put you on a path to working in a business field you're passionate about.

    See a sample case study.

    Tyler L. Says:
    You’ll study dozens of cases with up to 50% of your grade in any course coming from case assignments.
  • Prepare for advanced courses. Our MMS: FOB courses may have similar titles to courses you took during your undergraduate studies, but this is a new chapter of learning. Expect advanced material and expect to move through it quickly.

    Your first term serves as a foundation for the rest of the program. Our courses are quantitatively challenging and require you to have a strong analytical aptitude. That's why we start with basic accounting and quantitative prep. We prime you for success beginning on your first day. The path to a rewarding business career is paved with passion and knowledge—after 10 months at Fuqua you'll have both.

    The Admissions Office Says:
    Our MMS: FOB program is rigorous. If you’re concerned about whether or not you’re academically ready for the program, contact us and we will help you assess your likelihood of success.
  • The drive to succeed doesn't come with a backseat. You are expected to be an active participant in the learning process. Extensive reading assignments prepare you for class discussions, but active debate and analysis is key to creating the richest learning experience possible.

    Tyler L. Says:
    Fuqua faculty will keep you on your toes with random "cold calls" for participation. The more prepared you are at Fuqua, the more prepared you’ll be when you leave Fuqua.