Unlock your leadership potential and strategic advantage

Leadership is about challenging the status quo. The truth is, what you know now, won’t be enough to solve the business challenges you will face tomorrow.

Today’s businesses and organizations are driven by rapid-fire technological, organizational, and social evolution. Success requires leaders who can inspire performance, are open to new perspectives, ready to innovate, and agile enough to level up or reskill not once, but many times during their careers. In this environment, even experienced professionals can find themselves in a skills gap.

Duke Executive Education programs are designed to help your skills keep pace—and stay ahead—of your multiplying challenges. Whether you are an experienced or rising professional, or you seek to nurture and retain the talent pool in your organization, our programs deliver strategies to advance solutions now and at every point in your career.

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The Duke ROI

Duke Executive Education programs combine the cutting-edge research of The Fuqua School of Business with practical insights gained by having worked with executives across the globe, from Fortune 50 companies to the most innovative start-ups.

  • Knowledge you can use—right now. In our programs, what you learn on Friday, you can put to work on Monday. We don’t deliver solutions in theory, we will help you create specific frameworks and targeted skills to translate insight into action.
  • Faculty experts with a boots-on-the-ground focus. Executive Education programs are led by world-renowned Duke faculty. Their expertise enables us to design program experiences that draw on the most relevant research insights and corporate realities, and frame them in context of the challenges you face every day on the job.
  • The Duke value. Our programs make Duke’s global reputation for excellence accessible to busy professionals. Open enrollment programs are offered in-person and in live virtual formats—which means that the skills you need and the Duke expertise you want are available wherever you are.
  • Smart company. Duke attracts the best and you’ll be learning alongside them. You’ll be part of an exceptional and accomplished cohort of professionals from diverse backgrounds, industries, roles, and geographies who bring and share their informed experiences to enhance the learning environment and grow your professional network.
  • A unique program experience. Our in-person programs are all-inclusive: no need to worry about meals or accomodations. You'll be living and learning on the Duke campus at the world-class JB Duke Hotel. The facility's learning and collaboration spaces allow you to step back from the day-to-day world and focus on the bigger picture: growth and the tools that you can use strategically to transform your career and impact your organization.

Certificate of Leadership and Management

Individual programs can address a specific area of need, but combining multiple programs can address needs on several levels while enhancing your overall leadership and business acumen. Whether you want to strengthen your leadership skills or invest in your high-potential employees, the Duke Certificate of Leadership & Management positions you as a professional who values career growth and continuous development. The certificate offers a customizable learning pathway: A solid grounding in leadership that can be tailored with electives in management, communication, negotiation, finance, operations, and more.

Learn more about the leadership certificate

Tailored Programs for Organizations

We are ready to bring our Duke faculty expertise directly to your organization, tailored to your specific business context. Tailored Programs are excellent for addressing challenges and opportunities at the organizational level, as well as nurturing and developing internal talent as force multipliers for achieving strategic aims.

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Global Programs

Duke University has a global reputation for business excellence and is dedicated to unlocking your leadership potential and strategic advantage. The Duke community is made up of participants and world-renowned faculty who thrive in an environment with differing viewpoints. We bring them together through our global programs to inform a leadership style that inspires entire organizations to do better while doing what’s best.

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Open Enrollment Programs

Led by Duke faculty and offered both on campus and in live sessions, open enrollment programs are intensive learning experiences that target the skills and competencies to solve pressing challenges that require new approaches to leadership, management, negotiations, operations, communication, and more. Use the program finder below to explore our programs.

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Skills gained in the Duke Leadership Program and other Duke Executive Ed programs helped this manufacturing senior executive lead his team through unprecedented pandemic challenges—and continue to pay off long after.

Program Location and Accommodations

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During your time in Durham, you’ll live and learn in the four-star JB Duke Hotel, a contemporary and tranquil retreat on Duke’s campus with state-of-the-art learning facilities.
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Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Financial Analysis, Leadership
eeformat: Blended
eepartner: Yes
eeduration: Other
8 months
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This program is an extensive learning experience that will empower finance leaders with the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to drive transformative financial growth within their organizations.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Communication, Management
eeformat: In-Person
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Learn multiple techniques to influence negotiations and strategies that capitalize on each others' strengths while leveraging different perspectives. 

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Leadership
eeformat: In-Person
eepartner: No
eeduration: 5 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Explore and improve your current leadership style to find your innate strengths and build solid and enduring relationship behaviors--whether you have leadership responsibilities or will have them in the near future.   

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Health Care, Leadership
eeformat: Blended
eepartner: Yes
eeduration: Other
7 months
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This comprehensive program offers an immersive journey with deep insights to navigate the challenges of modern healthcare.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Operations
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 6 Sessions
classfreq: Weekly

Developing a fundamental understanding of operations management is important for all managers in any organization. In this live, online program you will learn the key principles to optimize operations and maximize value creation for your business or organization. You will learn to think more critically and creatively about business operations and how to apply concepts, frameworks, and techniques to increase efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Management
eeformat: In-Person
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
T-W-Th
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Enhance your ability to be an influential leader through crafting compelling messages to engage stakeholders, inspire action, and advance new ideas.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Financial Analysis
eeformat: In-Person
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Learn to use financial information as a strategic tool in decision-making throughout your organization, by interpreting and using information from financial report and statement components.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Health Care, Innovation
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Weekly

Understanding the dynamics of drug discovery and development processes, as well as the frequent changes in drug regulation and reimbursement practices, can have a positive effect in leading your successful biotech/pharma business.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Management
eeformat: In-Person
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Guide and support your teams to improve decision-making, manage conflict, and foster innovation using practical insights and actionable strategies from management science. 

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Leadership
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 5 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Elevate your innate leadership strengths to forge solid and enduring relationships by understanding what a leader needs to offer under different circumstances. In this highly engaging live-virtual course, you'll explore alternate actions you can take to achieve your ultimate goals.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Management
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 4 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Improve decision-making, manage conflict, and foster innovation using practical insights and actionable strategies from management science to guide and support your team in this live-virtual course.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Financial Analysis
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 6 Sessions
classfreq: Weekly

This online program covers the same content and is taught by the same faculty as our in-person class, via a blended format that enables you to combine live virtual classes with online assignments completed outside of class sessions.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Communication, Diversity, Leadership
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Weekly

Enhance interactions with your diverse team or organization through inclusive communication skills that increase everyone’s engagement and commitment. Improve your overall effectiveness by learning to navigate culturally sensitive discussions, becoming aware of micro-behaviors and their impact on your audience, and defining your role as an authentic ally.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Diversity, Leadership
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 4 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Harness the power of diversity in your organization without succumbing to obstacles such as implicit bias and systemic racism. Learn why diversity, equity, and inclusion can benefit your team, business unit, or entire organization, and how to break down barriers to successful implementation of an inclusive environment.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Health Care
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 3 Sessions
classfreq: Daily

Gain a broad perspective about how different sectors within the health care industry are upending their business models and reassessing their market strategy at a rapid pace.     

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Leadership
eeformat: Online
eepartner: No
eeduration: 4 Sessions
4 sessions
classfreq: Daily

Women face different issues in business, especially in a virtual business setting. Learn what strategies have been used by those who have reached top leadership positions in their firms. This 4-session virtual program will inform both women professionals and men who support their advancement or who are interested in employing these strategies themselves.

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Tailored Programs
eeformat: n/a
eepartner: No
eeduration: Other
Custom
classfreq: Weekly

Strengthen an internal or multi-department team with a tailored development program created by our faculty to suit your organization's specific needs. 

Degree: Executive Education
eetopics: Leadership
eeformat: Blended
eepartner: Yes
eeduration: Other
8 months
classfreq:

This immersive program offers a profound exploration of the multifaceted realm of modern technology and its application in business, and equips participants with the capabilities to navigate intricate business decisions and emerging trends.