Go to school on your schedule

The structure of the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program supports your role as a working professional with efficient learning that minimizes disruption to work and family. Each term combines a mix of self-paced course modules, real-time class meetings, and assignments—all delivered through a user-friendly digital platform you can access from any connected device.

Live classes, once a week

Your program begins in September with a 2.5-day launch experience where you’ll meet your professors, network with classmates, and build relationships with the members of your learning team. This weekend residency requires you to be physically present on Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. From there, your program moves online. Over the next 12 months, you’ll work through course modules--including readings and pre-recorded video lectures--on your own schedule, complete individual and team assignments, and join your class in real-time video classes each week.

After two terms, you may choose to return to Duke’s campus for an optional leadership intensive. This 2.5-day immersion in a framework for leading others helps you understand your leadership effectiveness and style, and provides guidance on developing solid, enduring leadership behaviors.

Collaborative Environment

Fuqua’s difference comes from our supportive culture and collaborative environment. You’ll be working closely with other students with expertise in different functions and markets in this nurturing environment. Even in an online learning environment, you are never alone because of our unique collaborative and high-touch approach.

Our Faculty

As with our other programs, the MSQM: Business Analytics program is taught by a team of world-renowned faculty—scholars recognized for excellence in their academic area and their research as well as their industry expertise, with a passion for teaching.  Your professors are authorities in core business functions as well as in quantitative methods. They will challenge you with a rigorous curriculum and bring real-world insights that will give you new perspectives on your professional work. 

Classroom Dynamics

Professors foster active in-class debates that draw insights from the range of experience in your cohort, so class discussions engage professionals from different sectors. Our learning method draws from cases and exercises that challenge you to tackle issues from multiple perspectives and give you practice in structuring problems based on multiple sources of data and presenting concise recommendations. The academic rigor and fast pace will ensure your time is well spent.

Your program will consist of 10 courses in data science, quantitative methods, and their applications in specialized business contexts. If you take all the courses offered in each term, you can complete the program in three terms spread over 12 months.

Each term will have a pre-reading period for you to prepare for the upcoming term. Your professors will give some reading or simple assignments to complete during the pre-reading period so you can hit the ground running once the term starts. You’ll have sufficient down time between terms and during holidays to re-energize.

The program structure allows you the option of taking only one or two courses in a term if you prefer to take a lighter load due to work, personal, or family commitment. The following program structure is for a student taking all the courses in each term.  

  • Program Launch in Durham, NC (2.5 days)
  • Term 1 - Online (12 weeks)
    • Programming for Analysis and Visualization
    • Decision Models
    • Data Analytics and Applications
  • Term 2 - Online (12 weeks)
    • Advanced Data Analytics and Applications
    • Empirical Analysis for Business Strategy
    • Digital Marketing
  • Optional Leadership Intensive in Durham, NC (2.5 days)
  • Term 3 - Online (12 weeks)
    • Financial Risk Management
    • Fraud Analytics
    • Ethics and Legal Issues in Business Analytics
    • Business Communications

Digital Learning

Combining independent study, live classes and collaborative assignments, the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics curriculum is delivered in a sophisticated and user-friendly online learning environment. The online platform serves as a repository for self-study materials such as pre-recorded video lectures, readings, and interactive exercises. It also enables face-to-face interaction, discussion of case elements, and debate of relevant topics with your classmates during live classes.

A balance of self-study and live classes

For each subject in the curriculum, you’ll work through a set of course materials on your own schedule. In addition, you will attend live, 75-minute class sessions with the rest of your class, during which your professor will present material in lecture format, conduct case discussions, or ask students to give presentations. The blend of the self-paced and live class elements of each course provides you the flexibility to balance program requirements around your professional and personal commitments while still allowing you to develop and maintain close connections with other students and the faculty. While you should expect to spend at least 15-20 hours a week on schoolwork, you can schedule these elements of your program around other obligations.

One Platform

Throughout the program, you’ll use your digital learning platform to:

  • Submit assignments
  • Download course materials
  • Interact with classmates
  • Read class and team bulletin boards
  • Take exams
  • Contribute to course discussion boards
  • Share documents
Month Date Event
September 2020 4-6 Orientation (mandatory for all students)
  7-14 Reading Period
  15 Term 1 Classes Begin (Online)
December  2020 14 Term 1 Classes End (Online)
  15 Break Begins
January 2021 4 Break Ends
  5-18 Reading Period
  19 Term 2 Classes Begin (Online)
April 2021 19 Term 2 Classes End (Online
  20-26 Break
April/May 2021 27-17 Reading Period (including optional leadership intensive on Duke's NC campus)
May 2021 18 Term 3 Classes Begin
August 2021 16 Term 3 Classes End

Accelerated MSQM: BA Quick Facts

Start Date: September 2020
Duration: 12 months
Location: Online
Style: Self-paced with live class component
Curriculum: Business analytics​​​

“The landscape has changed. The abundance of data and its applicability to an organization’s needs, and the advancement of communication and computational powers, have changed what data analytics can do for you. Here is a great opportunity to enhance your managerial toolkit to include what we believe are the skills that will be required of every successful modern manager.”

Saša Pekeč, Professor of Decision Sciences

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