Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Distance Learning

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In addition to the residencies, you will participate in 2 distance learning periods during each term. During this time, you will continue your coursework, complete team projects, and apply what you learn at work. Distance learning includes:

  • During the distance learning periods, you continue classes using our proprietary online learning platform. (Virtual class sessions are recorded so that you may review them again at any time that is convenient.) During the distance learning period, you will also take exams, and work on team projects. You'll use discussion boards to debate and discuss with your classmates and professors about what you're learning and how it applies to your business and work life. Quality participation on the discussion boards contributes to your overall class participation grade, so you are incentivized to be an active, meaningful contributor online, just as you would be face-to-face.

  • You and your globally-dispersed team will determine how and when you will work on your team assignments during the distance period. In much the same manner as working in a global organization, you will have to work around time differences, adapt to various communication styles, and use technology to assist in completing your deliverables. Read more about teamwork at Fuqua.

  • The distance learning period is when you'll take what you've learned in class and apply it back to work. Test the theories/frameworks/concepts, see how they work, discuss it with your classmates and professors on the platform, get feedback, and then modify your approach. Your time at the office can be viewed as an extension of your classroom instruction—that's one of the great benefits of doing an MBA while you work—real-time feedback, real-time ROI.

Time Commitment

The distance learning periods help you to balance your work/school life and your personal life. During the distance learning periods you can more easily meet your varied obligations. Your schedule will be unique given your particular circumstances.

We typically hear that Global Executive MBA students spend about 20 hours a week on school activities, ranging from studying to working on assignments to participating in team conference calls. However, some students spend significantly more or less time, depending on their existing aptitude for a subject or depending on individual drivers and motivations.

Given that work/life/school balance is often an important consideration for people contemplating such a significant educational investment, feel free to contact an admissions officer who can connect you with alumni to talk about this topic or any other topic. Read more about work/life/school balance.