Cross Continent MBA

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Experiential Learning

 Times of India article

Reporters from the Education Times, Times of India, sit in on a Cross Continent residency in New Delhi, and write about experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

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Learn more about The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program.

Fuqua is "Embedded and Connected" across the world's most distinct global economies. Watch this video to hear from past students of the Cross Continent MBA program as well as the Global Executive MBA program. The video is the best and clearest way to understand the many ways you will benefit from our globally embedded and connected programs.

The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program is designed to help full-time working professionals earn a world-class MBA in only 17 months, and to build a culturally diverse peer network with students from more than 25 different countries. You will study from your home using our distance learning platform, and will study in 5 different locations* around the world, which may include:

Fuqua has an expansive network in the regions you'll learn in. We have built deep and meaningful relationships, advisory boards, and partnerships with leading firms and executives in each region. You will have access to diverse classmates, companies, industries, and partners — a unique professional network not offered by any other MBA program. This program builds more than global awareness; it provides the real-world experience that will help you develop global competence and prepare you for international job responsibilities. You will:

  • Build work experience and your career options
  • Practice cross-cultural communication through both the curriculum and the setting
  • Understand the drivers of world economies and markets
  • Master business frameworks to address the world's interdependencies
  • Prepare to lead a global enterprise


* Residency locations may change based on travel restrictions or safety concerns.


Why Fuqua?

The Duke MBA: One World-class Degree

When you decide to invest in an MBA, make no mistake about it — the brand of the program matters. It is not by chance that Duke is continually ranked among the world's best. We are committed to academic excellence and relevance, and offer the same core MBA experience in all of our programs, to help improve your career development opportunities. We build each class as a microcosm of the world, representing as many industries, functions, developed and developing economies, personalities, and cultures as possible.  We offer merit scholarships to help us engage this broad range of prospective students.

Career-Friendly Format

In today's uncertain economy, it may be comforting to know that you don't have to leave your job to get a top MBA. The Cross Continent program is an excellent option for individuals with 3 years minimum work experience and high-potential talent to get the best of both worlds — valuable on-the-job work experience and an MBA from a top business school — at the same time.

Live and Work Anywhere in the World

Earn your MBA from anywhere in the world. The Cross Continent program is delivered across the globe in short immersive residencies followed by longer distance learning periods that afford you the luxury of living and working anywhere you choose. Plus, if you're on the fast-track at your company, you won't have to choose between completing your studies or taking that promotion across the country, or on the other side of the world!

Show Immediate Impact at Work

You earn your MBA while working, allowing you to make an immediate impact by applying what you learn in the classroom to your job. Not only do you have the opportunity to build work experience while going to school, but the work experience and opportunities you gain will be better because of it.

Achieve Global Competence

No other MBA program offers you the ability to truly build global business competence. The Cross Continent program is the only MBA that takes place in 5 of the most important economic regions of the world, and has a curriculum specifically tailored to explore global markets, regulations, and business institutions.

Build a Global Network

As a student, you will become part of a rich, culturally-diverse class from across the world — your classmates will become your friends and inspiration throughout your MBA experience. You will also have immediate access to Fuqua's impressive network of more than 19,000 alumni.  Your network extends beyond your class and the Fuqua alumni community. A friend of Fuqua is a friend of yours, and we have some pretty impressive friends — individuals and companies committed to helping Duke (and you) succeed.

Be Part of Important Change

Leading firms have grappled with multi-disciplinary, global business challenges for years, yet business schools have largely not prepared leaders to deal with the complexities of today's business environment. At Fuqua, we've moved on from the status quo and are committed to educating globally sophisticated leaders who are equipped to handle global responsibilities. Wouldn't it be rewarding to be part of this ground-breaking change and graduate from the program that innovated business school?

Experiential Learning

While in-region and interacting with classmates across the globe, you will learn about different cultures, markets, and institutions, while experiencing them at the same time. Cross-cultural communication is part of the subject matter and the situation itself, which will better prepare you for international responsibilities.

Top-Ranked Faculty

Fuqua faculty ranked No. 1 for intellectual capital by Bloomberg Businessweek (2008 - 2012). All Fuqua students learn from the same impressive faculty who study the world's most relevant problems. This knowledge transfers into the classroom, enhances your learning experience, and prepares you to make more valuable contributions at work.

Career Services

As a student, you will have the opportunity to learn career management skills that will prepare you for a lifetime of professional success. Fuqua's Career Management Center (CMC) provides the resources and tools that will guide your career development. Additionally, CMC staff will host both live and virtual career workshops and coaching sessions. Learn more about career services


The Cross Continent MBA program leverages Fuqua's portfolio of regions to the fullest. This program is one-of-a-kind, with a format that makes it one of the best alternatives to a traditional MBA program—plus, you don't have to quit your job to pursue it.

  • Program Length:  
    17 months 
  • Academic Terms:  
    6 terms (with an optional 7th term for a concentration)
  • Academic Environment:  
    Short in-person residency sessions followed by longer distance learning periods. Approximately 40% of the teaching is done face-to-face.
  • Residency Locations* (in order) for the Class of 2016:   
    • Durham, North Carolina, USA
    • Shanghai/Kunshan, China
    • Santiago, Chile
    • New Delhi, India
    • St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Durham, North Carolina, USA (electives term)
  • Typical Term:  
    After a reading period at home, you will travel around the world to meet for classes in residency sessions. The residency experience will then be followed by 7 - 10 weeks of distance learning from home.
  • Curriculum:  
    10 core courses, 2 multi-term courses spanning the first 5 terms, 4 electives, and an additional, optional, 2-course equivalent elective project if pursuing a concentration or certificate. Learn more about curriculum.
  • Program Start & End:  
    July 2015 - December 2016

For more details, view the calendar for the Class of 2016.

* Residency locations may change based on travel restrictions or safety concerns.

Term Structures

The Cross Continent program includes 6 required terms and an optional seventh term to complete a concentration or certificate. Terms are structured such that you are out of the office for brief periods of time, which is attractive to employers who grant time off for students in MBA programs, and to students with active professional and personal lives.

Term Structure:

  • Term 1 begins with a 1-week reading period followed by a 2-week residency in Durham, North Carolina, that combines orientation and classes. The residency period is followed by 7 weeks of distance learning.
  • 4 terms (terms 2, 3, 4, and 5) include:
    • 1 week of preparation and reading from your home
    • 8 days of immersive residency in one of 4 global locations
    • 7 weeks of distance learning where you’ll continue coursework at home with weekend online classroom sessions, team projects, individual assignments, and exams
    • 4 days of break before continuing to the next term
  • Term 6 (the elective term) begins with a 1-week reading period followed by a 2-week residency in Durham, North Carolina, and 10 weeks of distance learning.