Duke - The Fuqua School of Business



The world of business changes daily; you have 10 months to catch up. Beginning in July and running through early May, our Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business (MMS: FOB) program is organized into 5 terms that are each 6 weeks long. You will take 3 courses in each term. We give you all the time you need to firmly grasp the information.

James W. Says:
Don't expect downtime on Wednesdays—between team meetings, career events, and outside engagement opportunities you’ll always find something new to experience.

Summer Term

  • Tyler L. Says:
    This is NOT your undergraduate accounting course. Even if you have a firm grasp of the core concepts, the cases you'll study illustrate how the real business world doesn't follow what you think you know from a textbook.
  • Strong communication skills are key to success in today's globally distributed business environment. The ability to communicate effectively, using the broad range of media available, is important across all aspects of work in a business setting. Whether it is an analyst conveying the results from an assigned project or a C-suite executive leading an organization, the ability to express oneself effectively is a key determinant of the impact and influence one is able to have within an organization. One typically thinks of communication skills as focusing solely on the written and spoken word. Given the central role financial analysis plays in a business setting, it is equally critical to have a strong skill set in expressing oneself through spreadsheet modeling and analytical tools. The ability to communicate effectively is also a primary determinant of one's ability to effectively develop, manage, and execute a job search strategy.

    To provide exposure to this broad range of communication skills needed for success as a Master of Management Studies student, Business Communication I is divided into three tracks: one dealing with classic communication skills, including oral, written, and presentation; Excel, particularly as it relates to effective communication in the role of an analyst-level position; and Career Management Center activities tied to the effective conduct of a job search and associated activities.

    Learn more about the Business Communication courses and how they'll help you in your job search.

  • Quantitative Business Analysis provides an introduction to the analytical foundations of decision making. It deals with topics that are important when structuring decision problems, when analyzing them, and when deciding. The course begins with an introduction to probability, random variables and their properties. Two special random variables, the binomial and the normal, are analyzed since they are used extensively in practical applications. These topics serve as the basis for examining how to use sample data to make informed decisions about entire populations, both with point estimates and with confidence intervals. The course then provides an overview of regression analysis as a way of finding associations between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables, for improved understanding and/or for prediction purposes. The course concludes with an examination of the use of functions to describe business problems and with the use of optimization as a way to find best solutions.

Fall Term I

Fall Term II

  • Tyler L. Says:
    Regardless of where you end up in your career, what you learn in this class will evolve how you think about and address problems.
  • The focus of this course is to build on the career management and communication skills acquired in Business Communication I. On the classic communication track, the course objective is developing the oral, written, and presentation skills needed for success in a team-based work environment, with an emphasis on creating team-based presentations and reports. On the Career Management Center track, the emphasis is on refining your job search plan, with an emphasis on networking, the off campus job search, and perfecting the skills introduced in Business Communication I.

    Learn more about the Business Communication courses and how they'll help you in your job search.

  • Tyler L. Says:
    Do yourself a favor and learn the lay of the land early. Start watching Bloomberg and reading Financial Times now.

Spring Term I

Spring Term II