Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Term Structure

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Each term consists of the following: a distance learning period, on-location residency, a short break, a second distance learning period, and a final break before the start of the next term.

Distance Learning Period Expectations

Before each of the initial distance learning periods, you will receive a package of course materials for the term. To make the most of your classroom time while in a residency, professors expect you to complete any pre-reading and assignments before you arrive for the residency. During the last distance learning period in each term, you will continue your coursework, attend classes via our distance-learning platform, and work on team projects. Although your workload will remain high during this period, you will have greater scheduling flexibility, so you can manage your time and deliverables more independently than during the residency periods.

Residency Expectations

While in residency, your days will be tightly scheduled with classes, executive guest speakers, and cultural business immersion events. Unscheduled time is typically spent working on team assignments, networking with classmates, and experiencing the city. To get an idea about what to expect during a residency, view a sample schedule.


Learn more about the global residencies.