Duke - The Fuqua School of Business


Joint Culture

MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students benefit from being part of two different cultures at Fuqua and the Nicholas School, but both come together via the popular and active MEM/MBA Club.

By design, the Duke MEM/MBA and MF/MBA degree programs are not separate, stand-alone programs, but an interdisciplinary collaboration between Fuqua and the Nicholas School. MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students are fully enrolled at both schools and have the same support and resources as any other MEM, MF, or MBA student. 

MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students need at least 36 credit units within the Nicholas School. This includes 4-6 units for the required Master's Project. You also need a minimum of 65 credit units within Fuqua. Course credits may not be double-counted. If a course satisfies a concentration requirement at both schools, you may use that course to fulfill both concentration requirements, but the units of course credit may only count toward the degree requirements of one degree.

  • The preferred course of study is for you to begin your first year at the Nicholas School, followed by a year at Fuqua, and then conclude with a final year of combined work at both schools, which will include a final Master's Project for the Nicholas School.

  • Nicholas Concentrations: For the MEM degree, you are required to choose one specialized concentration (or "program") of study. MF students follow the Forest Resource Management (FRM) concentration.

    MBA Concentrations: You will have the option to complete up to two concentrations at Fuqua. More information is available here.

    MEM/MBA vs. MBA with a Concentration in Energy and the Environment

    Fuqua offers a concentration in Energy and the Environment to MBA students, and the question often arises: What differentiates an MBA with a concentration in Energy and the Environment from an MEM/MBA? In fact, the two are quite different. The joint MEM/MBA is a full year longer and students graduate with the following, which they would not otherwise have with the MBA alone:

    • 2 master's degrees
    • A completed Master's Project
    • A second summer internship
    • Specialized coursework in environmental science and policy

    Joint business-environment degree graduates have the full skill set of not only an MBA graduate, but also the technical training of an MEM or MF. 

    Nicholas School Master's Project

    A Master's Project (MP) is a graduation requirement for all MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students, which includes a 1-credit MP seminar and a 4-6 credit project.

  • Fuqua courses are usually held on a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule, while the Nicholas courses are usually held on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Students taking classes at both schools must pay close attention to course meeting times to prevent any scheduling conflicts. It is also important to realize that the Nicholas School and Fuqua are on different academic calendars, as well as different semester schedules (Fuqua semesters are divided into two "terms" each). When scheduling a semester-long Nicholas School course, you need to look at both of Fuqua's terms so that there will not be a conflict.

  • Making Connections

    "Thanks to Duke's interdisciplinary approach and industry connections, I have had the opportunity to engage in small group discussions with Chad Holliday, former CEO of DuPont, Matt Kistler, Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Walmart and Steve Yucknut, Vice President of Sustainability at Kraft." — Gergely "Nemo" Nemeth, MEM/MBA '12

    One of the most effective ways you can build your skills, industry knowledge and business relathionship is to engage directly with companies on real-world projects. Experiential learning opportunities for MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students include:

    • Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum: Students work directly with companies and nonprofit organizations on collaborative consulting engagements for academic credit.
    • Fuqua On Board: Students serve on the board of local nonprofit organizations, including environmental organizations like the Eno River Association and Clean Energy Durham.
    • Duke Startup Challenge, Energy & Environment Track: Students pitch new business venture ideas and business plans in this campus competition.
    • Duke Program for Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurial students launch real energy and environment businesses in the Duke Program for Entrepreneurs.

Next, learn about career services for MEM/MBA and MF/MBA students.