Fast. Focused. Future-oriented.

The Fuqua difference starts with the structure of our 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 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 for 2 amazing years of MBA 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 courses and choose electives sooner, which can better prepare you for your internship. 

Team up

All first-year students are assigned to a team of four to five 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.

Go global

Every year hundreds of students gain exposure to international business through our Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE), Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP), or the study abroad program with top business schools in 28 different countries.

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, case 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. The 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 those that are 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 Duke MBA student experience. Each research center draws on faculty from across Fuqua's academic areas, experienced practitioners, and students to address current business problems.

In the first year, students complete approximately 14 core courses and choose four or more electives.

  • Orientation (3 days)
  • Summer (4 weeks)
    • Core classes (3)
  • Fall 1 (6 weeks)
    • Core classes (5)
  • Fall 2 (6 weeks)
    • Core classes (4)
  • Winter
    • Optional elective workshop in Managerial Improvisation
  • Spring 1 (6 weeks)
    • Core class (1)
    • Electives (2)
  • Spring 2 (6 weeks)
    • Core class (1)
    • Electives (2)

In the second year, students take electives (typically three per term) that allow them to tailor their course of study to meet their educational and career objectives.

  • Re-orientation and Consequential Leadership II (4 days)
  • Fall 1 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
  • Fall 2 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
  • Spring 1 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
  • Spring 2 (6 weeks)
    • Electives (3)
Month Date Event
July 2018 9-20 International Student Bootcamp [no classes on weekends]
  15-19 Math Review Course [optional]
  20-21 Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff
  22-27 Health Sector Management Boot Camp
  31  International Student Pre-Orientation [mandatory for International Students]
August 2018  1-3 Orientation [mandatory]
  6 First Day of Classes for First-Year Students 
  6-27 Global Institute [mandatory; no classes on weekends]
  18 Day in Durham [optional]
  28-29 Global Institute final exams: 9 am - 12 pm (Global Institute & Environment on Aug. 28, and Leadership, Ethics & Organizations on Aug. 29)
  27 First Day of Classes for Second-Year Students
  27-30 Re-orientation & C-LEAD 2 for Second-Year Students
  30 Career Overviews: Industry-specific
August -September 2018  31-1  Pre-Term Accounting Review [optional]
September 2018 4-5  Career Overviews: Industry-specific
October 2018 16 Fall 1 Session ends
  18-20 Fall 1 exams
  21-28 FALL BREAK
November 2018 22-23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2018 11 Fall 2 Session ends
  13-15 Fall 2 exams
January 2019 7-11 Managerial Improvisation Course [optional]
  21 Martin Luther King Holiday [no classes]
  22 M/TH Classes Held
  23 T/F Classes Held
February 2019  26  Spring 1 Session ends
February - March 2019 28-2 Spring 1 exams
April 2019 26 Spring 2 Session ends
April - May 2019 29-1 Spring 2 exams
May 2019 11 Class of 2019 Daytime MBA Commencement Ceremony
  12 Class of 2019 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony
Month Date Event
July 2019 8-19 International Student Bootcamp [as required by admissions]
  14-18 Math Review Course [optional, unless required by admissions]
  19-20 Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff
  21-26 Health Sector Management Boot Camp [required for HSM Certificate]
  30 International Student Pre-Orientation
July-August 2019 31-2 Class of 2021 Orientation
August 2019 5 First Day of Classes for First Year Students
  5-26 Global Institute [no classes on weekends]

Day in Durham [optional]

  27-28 Global Institute final exams: 9 am - 12 pm daily
  26 First Day of Classes for Second Year Students
  26-29 Class of 2020 C-Lead 2 Course
  29 Career Management Center Mock Employer Presentations [optional]
  30-31 Pre-Term Accounting Review [optional]
September 2019 4 Social Impact & Sustainable Business Career Overview [optional]
October 2019 15 Fall 1 Session Ends 
  17-19 Fall 1 Exams
  20-27 FALL BREAK
November 2019 27-29 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2019 10 Fall 2 Session Ends
  12-14 Fall 2 Exams
January 2020 6-10 Managerial Improvisation Course [optional Winter Term]
  20 Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)
  21 M/TH Classes held on Tuesday
  22 T/FR Classes held on Wednesday
February 2020 25 Spring 1 Session ends
  27-29 Spring 1 Exams
March 2020 1-15 SPRING BREAK
April 2020 24 Spring 2 Session ends


27-29 Spring 2 Exams
May 2020 9 Class of 2020 Daytime MBA Commencement Ceremony
  10 Class of 2020 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

Start Date: July 2020
Duration: 22 months
Location: Durham, NC
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: General management, plus 16 concentrations, 2 certificates, 1 track, and 5 dual degree options
Elective Options: 100+

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