Daytime MBA Courses

The Duke MBA–Daytime program combines a foundational core of required courses with generous opportunities for students to pursue their interests and broaden their expertise through electives.

Study is structured around 6-week terms rather than quarters or semesters. Each course meets for 2 hours and 15 minutes, two times per week. Structuring the program in terms allows students to take more courses and the longer class periods give you as much class time per term as other business schools provide during a semester. Faculty can cover complex topics during a single session and offer ample time for simulations, case presentations, questions, and discussion. Longer class periods also offer the time for meaningful interaction with visiting members of the business community.

Some classes meet on Mondays and Thursdays, while others meet on Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes do not meet on Wednesdays (except during Global Institute).



The Daytime MBA program begins with a 4-week Global Institute held in August. The institute features 3 core courses: Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations; Global Institutions and Environments; and Consequential Leadership. The Global Institute begins the process of helping you become a collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the multifaceted global business environment.

The fall terms immerse students in core courses that lay a firm foundation in economics, statistics, accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and strategy. Complementary skills courses develop management communication and business software fluency.

A typical first-year schedule:

Fall Semester

Summer 1: Global Institute (3-week term)

  • Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations
  • Global Institutions and Environment
  • CLEAD-1

Fall 1

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leadership Communication I
  • Business Computer Applications (students have the option of completing this course before arriving on campus)
  • Flexible Scheduling: Core course in finance for those with exemptions

Fall 2

  • Global Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Leadership Communication II
  • Flexible Scheduling: Potential elective if core is exempted or taken in Fall 1

Winter Term

  • Optional elective: Workshop in Managerial Improvisation

Spring Semester

Spring 1

  • Operations Management
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring 2

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

In the second year, Daytime students take electives, typically 3 per term. Students tailor their course of study to meet their educational and career goals.

Fuqua offers more than 100 elective courses, which change in response to the needs and interests of students and the business community. These electives, taught by leading business professors and practitioners, develop students’ functional and analytical expertise. It is possible for students to complete their degree requirements in the first spring term, using the time before graduation to take additional electives if desired.

The Daytime program also offers concentrations and certificates in various disciplines. Classes for these may also be taken during the second year.