It’s a marathon, run in sprints

Here’s how to earn the Duke MBA without uprooting your entire life: our Global Executive format combines short in-person residencies with distance learning periods. Each term starts with a reading period to prep you for residency—a 24/7 immersion with teammates and faculty—and finishes with time spent working together remotely.

Traveling campus

Class convenes first in Durham, North Carolina, over a 2-week orientation session in late July. Then your classroom starts to move—through Asia, Latin America, and Europe, where you’ll gather for 1-week residencies in October, January, April, and July, with each residency preceded and followed by distance learning periods. Your final term, you'll return to Duke for 2 - one week residencies for electives. The intense format ensures you’ll experience the total immersion of a traditional MBA program while continuing to work and live wherever you call home.

A special way of working

Fuqua’s difference comes from the way we structure our MBA programs: as learning teams. You’ll be assigned to a team of 5-6 peers who all think differently. The experience mimics the diversity of a real-world global team, where you work across time zones and different perspectives. You’ll need to learn to trust and rely on each other’s strengths, gaining practice in skills that will help you move any team forward.

Our Faculty

All Fuqua degree programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty, who are recognized for excellence in both teaching and research. While our faculty are known for their accessibility across degree programs, the Global Executive format fosters an even closer relationship. Traveling and living together for international residencies, you’ll interact with your professors both in and out of the classroom. And since your distance learning platform is always on, your faculty are monitoring class bulletin board discussions and responding to emails continuously.

Classroom Dynamics

Your classmates will bring real-time expertise to class discussions. While extensive reading assignments get you ready, debate and analysis—both in the classroom and on your learning platform—is how you’ll learn. The case-based curriculum is academically rigorous, and faculty keep you on your toes with random "cold calls" as you work through the material.

Experiential Learning

You’ll go out into the field to gather real-world data points. The Global Executive MBA curriculum includes a range of non-traditional assignments—like interacting with locals—that get you out of your comfort zone. You’ll observe operations and meet with managers in company visits, developing insights on different industries. Senior leaders engage with your class in each country, providing perspective on that region’s political economy. These experiences enrich classroom discussion while giving you a real-world sense of the concepts you learn.

Over seven terms you’ll cover 17 courses: 10 in the core curriculum, three multi-term courses on dynamics in global business, and four electives. Although locations and timing may shift between calendar years, the typical Global Executive structure looks like this:

Term 1 (Durham)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Orientation & Residency (15 days)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks)

Term 2 (Shanghai)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Residency (10 days)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks)

Term 3 (Santiago)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Residency (10 days)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks)

Term 4 (New Delhi)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Residency (10 days)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks)

Term 5 (Berlin)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Residency (10 days)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks)

Elective Terms 6 - 7 (Durham)

  • Distance Period (15 days)
  • Residency (2 - 1 week sessions)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks following each 1 week residency)

Optional Term 8

Residencies

In the Global Executive format, you travel to meet classmates and professors in cities that become your campus for the week. Four of your residencies will be in cities selected to provide wide exposure to the global economy, while two residencies take place on Fuqua’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. Locations may vary based on travel restrictions, but the typical pattern looks like this:

Condensed into a short window, residency is the time you immerse fully in your program:

  • Attending classes
  • Visiting companies
  • Engaging in cultural activities
  • Participating in career development workshops
  • Interacting with alumni
  • Working on assignments
  • Socializing with classmates
  • Meeting face-to-face with your team

Distance Learning

Between residencies, you’ll be in a distance learning period. During this part of the term, you attend weekly virtual classes with your faculty and continue working on team assignments remotely. Distance learning periods provide more flexibility to balance program requirements around the needs of your job and family. While you should expect to spend at least 20 hours a week on schoolwork during this time, you can schedule these tasks around work and personal commitments.

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

  • Submit assignments
  • Download course materials
  • Chat with classmates
  • Read class and team bulletin boards
  • Take exams
  • Contribute to course discussion boards
  • Share documents
  • Call your teammates

* Arrival day — lodging covered by program.
** Departure day from residency — no programming scheduled.

***All dates and locations subject to change.***

TERM 1 - DURHAM (2020)
Reading Period/Classes Begin July 31 - August 22
Residency August 23* - September 6**
Break September 7 - 14
Distance September 15 - November 2
Break November 3 - December 29

 

TERM 2 - SANTIAGO, CHILE (2020 - 2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin December 30 - January 20, 2021
Residency January 21* - 31**
Break February 1
Distance February 2 - March 15

 

TERM 3 - NEW DELHI, INDIA (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin March 16 - April 7
Residency (includes team changeover) April 8* - 18**
Break April 19
Distance April 20 -  May 31
Break June 1 - 3

 

TERM 4 - BERLIN, GERMANY (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin Jun 4 - 23
Residency Jun 24* - July 4**
Break July 5 - 12
Distance July 13 - August 23
Break August 24 - September 2

 

TERM 5 - SHANGHAI, CHINA (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 3 - 22
Residency September 23* - October 3**
Break October 4 - 11
Distance October 12 - November 22
Break November 23 - December 16

 

TERM 6 - DURHAM (2021 - 2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin December 17 - January 6, 2022
Residency January 7* - 22**
Break January 23 - 24
Distance January 25 - April 4

 

TERM 7 - OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION (2022)
Optional Concentration April 18 - July 17, 2022
GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 8, 2022
Graduation Ceremony May 7 - 8, 2022 (tentative date)

* Arrival day — lodging covered by program.
** Departure day from residency — no programming scheduled.

TERM 1 - DURHAM (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin July 2 - 24
Residency July 25* - August 8**
Distance August 9 - 16
Break August 17 - 23
Distance August 24 - October 4
Break October 5 - 7

 

TERM 2 - SHANGHAI (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin October 8 - 27
Residency October 28* - November 7**
Break November 8
Distance November 9 - December 20
Break December 21 - January 11

 

TERM 3 - SANTIAGO(2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 12 - February 2
Residency (includes team changeover) February 3* - 13**
Break February 14
Distance February 15 - March 28
Break March 29 - 31

 

TERM 4 - NEW DELHI (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin April 1 - April 20
Residency April 21* - May 1**
Break May 2
Distance May 3 - June 13
Break June 14 - 16

 

TERM 5 - BERLIN (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin June 17 - July 6
Residency July 7* - July 17**
Break July 18 - July 25
Distance July 26 - September 5
Break September 6 - 15

 

ELECTIVES / TERM 6 - DURHAM (2022-2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 16 - 29
Residency September 30* - October 8**
Break October 9 - 10
Distance October 11 - November 21
Break November 22 - January 1

 

ELECTIVES / TERM 7 - DURHAM (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 2 - 13
Residency January 14* - 21**
Break January 22 - 23
Distance January 24 - March 6

 

OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION (2023)
Optional Concentration December 1, 2022 - April 1, 2023
GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 14, 2023
Graduation Ceremony May 13, 2023 - May 14, 2023

* Arrival day — lodging covered by program.
** Departure day from residency — no programming scheduled.

TERM 1 - DURHAM (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin July 1 - 23
Residency July 24* - August 7**
Distance August 8 - 15
Break August 16 - 22
Distance August 23 - October 3
Break October 4 - 6

 

TERM 2 - SHANGHAI (2022 - 2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin October 7 - 26
Residency October 27* - November 6**
Break November 7
Distance November 8 - December 19
Break December 20 - January 3, 2023

 

TERM 3 - SANTIAGO (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 4 - 25
Residency (includes team changeover) January 26* - February 5**
Break February 6 - 13
Distance February 14 - March 27
Break March 28 - 30

 

TERM 4 - NEW DELHI (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin March 31 - April 19
Residency April 20* - 30**
Break May 1
Distance May 2 - June 12
Break June 13 - 15

 

TERM 5 - BERLIN (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin June 16 - July 5
Residency July 6* - July 16**

Break

July 17 - July 24
Distance July 25 - September 4
Break September 5 - 14

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 - DURHAM (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 15 - 28
Residency September 29* - October 7**
Break October 8 - 9
Distance October 10 - November 20
Break November 21 - December 31

 

ELECTIVE TERM 2 - DURHAM (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 1 - 12
Residency January 13* - 20**
Break January 21 - 22
Distance January 23 - March 4

 

OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION (2024)
Optional Concentration TBD
GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 12, 2024
Graduation Ceremony May 11, 2023 - May 12, 2024

Global Executive Quick Facts

Start Date: July 2022
Duration: 21 months
Location: Global
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: General management, with 5 concentrations and 1 certificate
Format: Residency and distance learning

Program Location and Accommodations

JB Duke Hotel
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.

Asia / India

On Location in New Delhi

Global Executive MBA students celebrate Holi in New Delhi
Taking a break from Decision Models to celebrate the festival of colors in India. Holi is a great example of why each residency experience is unforgettable.

Sample Residency Day 1

Breakfast and review accounting notes
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Class: Managerial Accounting
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Guest speaker: China Business Council
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch with speaker
12:15 PM  - 1:15 PM

Class: Operations Management
1:15 PM  - 4:15 PM

Class: Global Markets & Institutions
4:30 PM  - 6:30 PM

Dinner with friends in Shanghai
6:45 PM  - 7:45 PM

Team meeting for operations assignment
8:00 PM  - 10:00 PM

Connect with family and prep tomorrow's cases
10:00 PM  - 12:00 AM

Sample Residency Day 2

City walk and breakfast
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Class: Global Markets & Institutions
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Class: Operations Management
8:45 AM - 10:45 PM

Class: Managerial Accounting
11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM

Box lunch and visit to auto factory
1:30 PM  - 5:00 PM

Team meeting for accounting assignment
5:30 PM  - 7:00 PM

Working dinner with team at hotel
7:00 PM  - 8:00 PM

Optional Chinese acrobat show
8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

Socialize with classmates
9:00 PM  - 11:00 PM

Global Executive MBA

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