Fast. Focused. Future oriented.

The Fuqua difference starts with the structure of our Accelerated Daytime MBA program. Here, you’ll find opportunities to learn and grow by going outside your comfort zone—exploring classes and experiences that help you take initiative, push your limits, and develop the many different skills you’ll need for long-term career success.

Getting started

Your journey begins with an intense month of orientation and immersion in a rigorous, hands-on program of three courses that emphasize leading and managing in an uncertain world. It’s designed to broaden your perspective, challenge the ways you think, and prepare you to maximize your year of study.

The remainder of the academic year is organized into four 6-week terms of MBA classes that each meet twice a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes. The term structure allows you to take a wide variety of electives, which can better prepare you for the next step in your career.

Team up

All Accelerated MBA students are assigned to a team of five to six peers with whom they will complete group projects for various courses. Your team will be hand-picked to allow you to learn from people who look, think, and work differently from you. You’ll learn to draw on each team member’s strengths and move the group toward a common purpose.

Our Faculty

All of our degree programs are taught by Fuqua’s top-ranked faculty, who are recognized for excellence in teaching and industry-shaping research. The courses they teach are academically challenging and relevant to the business world today. Despite world-class credentials, our faculty is highly accessible—they emphasize an open-door policy that encourages both collaboration with students and interdisciplinary thinking. Often, these teachers become your mentors for life.

Our Teaching Methods

Fuqua’s professors use lectures, cases studies, strategic games, simulations, visiting executives, and their own research to create a dynamic learning experience that pushes you to think and work in new and different ways. Net result? You get a deep and broad understanding of current business topics.

Making Theory Real

1. Case Studies

Case studies are real examples of corporate challenges that give you the opportunity to put theory to work. You gain industry knowledge and an appreciation for the management, operations, and leadership challenges that companies face every day.

2. Strategic Games

We've all played games before, but in an MBA classroom they take on a whole new meaning. Fuqua teaches you to recognize patterns and understand the basic nature of games. You’ll learn to identify what is happening around you and that you’re part of, so you can see the big picture, your options, and possible outcomes.

3. Realistic Simulations

The use of sophisticated business simulation teaches you how to run a company in a realistic business environment. You’ll get hands-on experience that goes way beyond what you’d learn in a textbook.

4. Research Centers

Our research centers are vital links between academic inquiry and real-world business. They create insights, dialogue, and curricula that change the course of business and enrich the student experience. Each research center draws on faculty from across Fuqua's academic areas, experienced practitioners, and students to address current business problems.

In ten months, Accelerated Daytime MBA students complete six required courses and thirteen or more electives. Some course titles are subject to change.

  • Orientation (3 days)
  • Summer (4 weeks)
    • Entrepreneurial Action and Mindset (required)
    • Technology Driven Transformation of Business (required)
    • Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations (required)
  • Fall 1 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
    • Management Communication I (required)
  • Fall 2 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
    • Management Communication II (required)
  • Winter
    • Optional elective workshop in Managerial Improvisation
  • Spring 1 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
  • Spring 2 (6 weeks)
    • Business and Common Purpose in a World of Differences (required)
    • Electives (3)
Month Date Event
July 2020 6-17 Business, Communication, & Culture (optional, unless required by admissions)   
  17-18 Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff [optional]
  19-24 Health Sector Management Boot Camp (required for HSM Certificate)
  28 International Students Welcome Day
  29-31 New MBA Student Orientation
August 2020 3 First Day of Classes for First Year and Accelerated Daytime MBA Students    
  3-24 New MBA Student Classes [no classes on weekends]
  15 Day in Durham [optional]
  24 First Day of Classes for Second Year Students 
  24-27 Class of 2021 C-Lead 2 Course
  25-27 New MBA Student Exams
  27 Career Management Center Mock Employer Presentations [optional]
  28-29 Pre-Term Accounting Review [optional]
September 2020 2 Social Impact & Sustainable Business Career Overview [optional]
October 2020 13 Fall 1 Session Ends 
  15-17 Fall 1 Exams
  18-25 FALL BREAK
November 2020 25-27 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2020 8 Fall 2 Session Ends
  10-12 Fall 2 Exams
January 2021 4-8 Managerial Improvisation Course [optional Winter Term]
  18 Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)
  19 M/TH Classes held on Tuesday
  20 T/FR Classes held on Wednesday
February 2021 23 Spring 1 Session ends
  25-27 Spring 1 Exams
February-March 2021 28-14 SPRING BREAK
April 2021 23 Spring 2 Session ends


26-28 Spring 2 Exams
May 2021 8 Class of 2021 Daytime MBA Commencement Ceremony
  9 Class of 2021 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

Start Date: July 2020
Duration: 10 months
Location: Durham, NC
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: General management, plus 15 concentrations, two certificates, and one track
Elective Options: 100+

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International students who meet certain requirements may have a total of up to 36 months to gain work experience in the U.S.
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