Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Curriculum

Over 6 terms, you will complete at least 16 courses, including: 

  • 10 core courses that span all functional areas of business
  • 4 elective courses that allow you to sharpen your skills in a particular discipline or broaden your knowledge of several functional areas
  • 2 multi-term courses in which you will develop global business intuition and competence

For more detailed information on the curriculum, please explore the tabs below.

Financial Accounting
This course focuses on how economic events and transactions are communicated through the financial reporting process to users of financial reports. You will learn the skills to read, analyze, and understand financial reports based on both international rules (International Financial Reporting Standards, IFRS) and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The emphasis of the course is on the use of financial reports rather than their preparation.

Managerial Effectiveness
An introduction to the study of the behavior of individuals and teams in organizations. The course examines also the impact of national and regional culture on management practices. Emphasis is given to managerial and leadership actions that enhance organizational effectiveness. Topics include leadership, motivation and reward systems, decision making, power and politics, conflict management, and organization structure and design.  

Managerial Economics
This course is about markets and how they work. You will examine the decisions of firms, consumers, and governments and how they interact to determine market outcomes both within domestic markets and across borders in global markets. You will also explore a variety of market structures, ranging from perfect competition to oligopoly to monopoly, and apply the analysis to international cartels, pricing across national boundaries, and entry into foreign markets. 

Statistical Models
In order to make informed decisions under uncertainty, managers must learn to analyze and understand data concerning relevant variables and relationships and to make inferences and predictions on the basis of such data. This course sharpens quantitative and analytical skills and develops tools for interpreting data and making predictions.  

Global Financial Management 
This course provides an overview of corporate finance, financial markets, portfolio diversification, and asset pricing in a global setting. You will study fundamental issues and models of risk, expected return, and asset pricing. Learning modules will examine bonds, stocks and capital budgeting techniques. Futures and options markets are introduced and the effects of debt and equity financing policies are examined.

Corporate Strategy 
This course considers the tools and frameworks that managers, consultants and analysts use to analyze complex competitive situations and make sound strategic decisions in a dynamic global business environment. Students will learn how to evaluate markets and strategies, build and sustain competitive advantage, and align the internal strategy of a firm with the external environment.  

Decision Models
Many decision problems — particularly those involving uncertainty and/or complex interactions — are difficult to grasp intuitively and the stakes may be too high to simply guess or go with a "gut instinct." This course introduces several frameworks for formally modeling decision problems (decision tree analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, and optimization) and provides an introduction to the art of building spreadsheet models of business problems. 

Marketing Management
Modern marketing philosophy holds that only those firms that provide high customer value can succeed in the long run. Creating this value in a global environment requires that managers must effectively: assess marketing opportunities by analyzing global customers, global competitors, and their own company; and design effective marketing programs by selecting appropriate strategies for pricing, promotion, place, and product and adapting them across markets. This course examines the frameworks, processes and tools necessary to analyze markets and design optimal marketing programs. 

Managerial Accounting
Managerial accounting is concerned with the use of accounting information by managers to plan and control (evaluate) personnel and operations of the firm. The focus is on planning, decision-making, and control by the organization and on the accounting systems that managers use to support their strategic and operational decisions about resource allocation and performance evaluation.

Operations Management
Operations Management involves planning and controlling the processes used to produce the goods and services provided by an organization. Managing these processes can be quite challenging — they are often complex, and can involve large numbers of products and facilities, huge volumes of materials, and great distances. Specific topics include analysis of production processes, the impact of variability on process performance, inventory management, global operations, and the strategic role of operations in the firm.