Sharpen your focus

The Accelerated Daytime MBA program offers many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of business fundamentals. You may choose to broaden your experience across multiple academic areas, or earn concentration or certificate credentials in the one or two areas that will drive your career ahead.

Specialized concentrations provide you the option to deepen your educational experience, so you’re more fully prepared for the specific challenges of your career. While a concentration is not required, you may choose one in any of the major functional or topical areas—or both. It’s a way to further refine the business and leadership skills you need to capture the hearts, minds, and hands of entire organizations.

Concentrations

Decision Sciences

Learn to master the key analytical tools that are used in the majority of industries and functions. Gain expertise in constructing decision tree models to evaluate different R&D projects, using regression models to forecast sales, building optimization models for production or distribution systems, or using game theory to analyze the impact of launching a new product in a competitive marketplace. Because of its flexibility, the Decision Sciences concentration is an ideal complement to concentrations in finance, marketing, operations, or consulting.

Energy & Environment

Learn to understand the dynamics of the new energy economy, to balance corporate sustainability considerations with business objectives, to manage risk and innovation, and to act on energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways.

Fuqua deliberately pairs energy and environment together because we know that today these challenges are inextricably linked. This concentration is a good choice if you want to work in the energy sector—whether oil and gas, renewables, utilities, or energy consulting. It’s also a good fit if you wish to be a leader in corporate sustainability or will be guiding corporate social responsibility practices in a business setting.

Energy Finance

Dive deeper on issues of project finance, markets and trading, corporate finance, and risk management, and master the key fundamentals of today’s global energy markets. Fuqua is the only MBA program in the Businessweek top 10 schools to offer a major or concentration in Energy Finance.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Gain the skills necessary to successfully chart an entrepreneurial career path. For example, learn to identify and assess potential opportunities and environments, acquire and protect the key resources that are necessary to pursue these opportunities, and develop strategies to generate market interest. On the managerial side, learn to lead organizational operations, handle necessary transitions, and foster growth.

Finance

Dive deeper and gain the knowledge and skills required to thrive in the world of finance. Fuqua offers three concentrations in this area:

  • Finance (Corporate) prepares you for career paths in: Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Venture Capital, and Private Equity.
  • Finance (Investment) is designed for career paths in: Asset Management, Private Wealth Management, and Research, Sales & Trading
  • Dual Finance (Corporate and Investment) is a stronger choice if your goals will require a broader set of learning and skills.

Financial Analysis

Be ready to leverage a range of accounting knowledge for business decisions, strategy, litigation support, equity analysis, commercial banking, investment banking, or financial positions in corporations. The accounting courses will provide you a solid foundation for preparation of pro forma financial statements, reading and analyzing financial reports, analyzing cost drivers, and costs and valuation techniques. The non-accounting courses augment your accounting knowledge with insight into the drivers of profitability within and across industries, and help you better manipulate and analyze financial data.

FinTech (Financial Technology)

Operate on the cutting edge of financial technology. Leverage your deeper understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship, resource acquisition, and go-to-market strategies to improve the delivery and use of financial services, or to develop and launch competitive or disruptive crypto-currencies vs. bitcoin. You can focus either on startups that are creating new FinTech applications, or traditional organizations seeking to build a FinTech advantage in their industry or sector.

Leadership & Ethics

Deepen and broaden your leadership and ethics training so you’re ready to step into managerial positions soon after graduation or later in your career. Gain knowledge and tools that equip you to become a respected leader capable of developing and implementing new ideas and business concepts, while maintaining the highest standards of an organization.

Management

Fine-tune your skills in order to manage people and processes. In contrast to concentrations that focus on depth in a technical area, this concentration refines your general expertise to help you enhance the performance of people and organizations. Relevant skills include organizing for effective decisions, building strong interpersonal relationships, motivating others, and running successful teams.

Ideal if you plan to:

  • Manage others immediately upon graduation
  • Work in the technical field but manage others in the future
  • Pursue a career in management consulting

Marketing

Get an in-depth understanding of the concepts, tools, and practice of today’s marketing world. You’ll learn to capture the voice of the customer, deliver value via product, price, place and promotion, and choose and maintain relationships with everyone from customers to suppliers, and even competitors. Whether you’re planning a career as a marketer or your goals include positions in which marketing plays a central role, you’ll be ready. Fuqua offers two concentrations in this area:

  • Product Management: Enhances your skill set if you wish to pursue a product management career in packaged goods, consumer durables, business-to-business settings, high tech markets, pharmaceuticals, and services.
  • Market Analysis and Strategy: Prepares you for careers in marketing strategy, consulting, corporate strategy, general management, and sales.

Operations Management

The Operations Management concentration equips you with the concepts and tools needed to use key levers for designing and managing an organization’s recurring business processes. You'll dive deeper into the fundamental principles underlying state-of-the-art operations management practices, including:

  • Business analytics
  • Service operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Inventory and manufacturing
  • Retailing
  • Lean operations

The Operations Management concentration prepares you not only for a career in operations, but also for careers in consulting, entrepreneurship, and general management.

Social Entrepreneurship

Again the concepts and tools needed to use your Accelerated MBA skills to make a positive social impact as an entrepreneur. Knowing the fundamentals of business provides a strong foundation for anyone looking to become a successful sector leader. However, if you wish to use your talents for positive change, you’ll need to approach your work with a new level of thoughtfulness while recognizing the unique challenges, opportunities, and qualities associated with spending your life working to create social value.

Supports Careers in:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Executive roles in social-purpose organizations
  • Philanthropy
  • Board membership
  • Leadership of volunteers in their communities and the social sector

Strategy

Master the ideas and expertise you’ll need if you’re looking for a career with leading strategy consulting firms, or if you’re interested in strategic planning or general management positions requiring similar skills.

 

Certificates

A certificate allows you to branch out beyond the Accelerated MBA curriculum to further specialize in a particular area. We offer two certificates within the program—a Certificate of Excellence in Finance and a Health Sector Management (HSM) Certificate. Please note that if you plan to work toward a certificate, you may pursue no more than one concentration.

Certificate in Finance

The Certificate of Academic Excellence in Finance distinguishes anyone who focuses in the discipline and attains excellent grades in finance courses.

Preparation for management and leadership roles in:

  • Consulting
  • Banking
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Philanthropy
  • Board membership/service

Certificate in Health Sector Management (HSM)

Enhance your strategic thinking, functional skills, and overall understanding of the health care industry and be better equipped to lead in this ever-changing landscape. HSM cultivates collaborative learning opportunities with other noted Duke programs, including engineering, basic science, public policy, law, global health and medicine, as well as with leading health care companies and organizations. A certificate in HSM allows you to combine your interest in health care with one additional concentration.

Preparation for management and leadership roles in:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device
  • Consulting
  • Banking
  • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Biotechnology
  • Research and Development
  • Health Systems

 

 

Focus Track

Management Science and Technology Management (MSTeM)

Deepen your general management expertise in the tools, frameworks, and models that address managerial problems. Management Science and Technology Management (MSTeM) is a track which prepares you to both lead and direct analysis, and to get deeply involved with and understand the tools and models that should be utilized to inform and improve decisions. This track can be earned in conjunction with one concentration or one certificate.

Preparation for management and leadership roles in:

  • Health
  • Consulting
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship

*The Management Science and Technology Management track carries a STEM designation, giving international students who meet certain requirements 2 years longer to work in the U.S.

Concentrations

Which to Choose?

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"By the end of my MBA I will have tried 4 concentrations and settled on one pair. I’ve found the concentrations to be useful, especially for a career-changer without a relevant undergrad degree."

Functional Concentrations
Decision Sciences
Finance (3)
Management
Marketing
Operations
Strategic Consulting
FinTech

Topical Concentrations
Entrepreneurship
Energy and the Environment
Social Entrepreneurship
Leadership

Combinations Allowed
Up to two concentrations
1 concentration + 1 certificate
1 concentration + 1 track
1 certificate + 1 track

Class Requirement
Six electives per concentration

An HSM certificate provides expertise in the health sector.
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