Two economies. Infinite possibilities.

The structure of the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program exposes you to the two most important economies in the world, providing a global launch pad. Starting on Fuqua’s campus in the U.S. and continuing your studies in China, you’ll gain a core understanding of business while developing the skills to build your career anywhere. 

Jumpstart your future

The 10-month format gives you a firm foundation fast. In mid-July your program starts in Durham, NC with a launch experience and set of workshops that prepare you for the curriculum. It’s an exhilarating introduction to the international peer group you’ll be working closely with—in your section, and on your learning team. 

The rest of your program is organized into five 6-week terms. In January, after three terms at Fuqua, you’ll move to Kunshan, China for two terms on Duke Kunshan University’s campus outside Shanghai. In less than a year, you’ll be ready to start your career in finance, marketing, consulting, or general management.

The program is delivered in English, and all classes are taught by Fuqua’s faculty.

Our Faculty

All Fuqua degree programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty, scholars recognized for excellence in both teaching and research. The classes they teach are academically challenging and relevant to business today. Despite world-class credentials, your professors are highly accessible—with an open-door policy, they’re often happy to continue a classroom debate over coffee or lunch.

Team-Based Learning

Fuqua’s difference comes from the way we set up our MMS programs: as learning teams. You’ll be assigned to a small group representing a diversity of backgrounds, hand picked to ensure you learn from people who think differently than you. Replicating a corporate environment, your learning team works collaboratively on class assignments for the first three terms—giving you opportunities to learn and grow through shared problem solving and constructive debate. Teams reshuffle when you move to China, giving you the opportunity to practice your new collaboration skills with an entirely new set of classmates.

Over five terms you’ll complete 15 courses: six in accounting, economics, and finance; two in analytics and critical thinking; two in communication and leadership, and five in markets, strategy, and management. You’ll take multiple subjects each term, with each class meeting twice a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Your first three terms are taught on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, with your final two terms at Duke Kunshan University outside Shanghai.

Orientation and Workshops (Durham)

Summer Term (Durham)

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Business Analysis

Fall Term 1 (Durham)

  • Introduction to Marketing Analysis
  • Foundations of Capital Markets
  • Business Communications I
  • Fundamentals of Business Economics

Fall Term 2 (Durham)

  • Foundations of Corporate Finance
  • Fundamentals of Market Intelligence
  • Principles of Strategy

Spring Term 1 (Kunshan)

  • Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis
  • Business Communications II
  • Principles of Cost and Managerial Accounting
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Spring Term 2 (Kunshan)

  • Foundations of Management and Organizations
  • Fundamentals of Financial Analysis
  • Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Month Date Event
July 2017 10 - 14 MMS International Student Bootcamp (for required students only)
Math Review Course (for required students only)
  14 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
  15 - 16 Accounting Review (strongly recommended for all students)
  17 Summer Term classes begin (Monday)
August 2017 25 Summer Term classes end 
  28 - 29 Summer Term exams
August/September 30 - 2 Industry Career Intensives (optional)
September 2017 7 Fall Term 1 classes begin
October 2017 17 Fall Term 1 classes end
  19 - 21 Fall Term 1 exams
  22 - 29 FALL BREAK
  30 Fall Term 2 classes begin
November 2017 22 - 24 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2017 12 Fall Term 2 classes end
  14 - 16 Fall Term 2 exams
  17 WINTER BREAK BEGINS

 

Location: Kunshan, China

Month Date Event
January 2018 6 - 7 Arrive in Kunshan
  8 - 10 Orientation & Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
  11 Spring Term 1 classes begin
 February 2018 12 CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAK BEGINS
  25 CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAK ENDS
  26 Classes Resume
March 2018 14  Spring Term 1 classes end
  19 Spring Term 2 classes begin
April 2018 1 SPRING BREAK STARTS
  8 SPRING BREAK ENDS
  9 Classes Resume
May 2018 1 CHINESE LABOR HOLIDAY
  12 Spring Term 2 classes end
  18 Class of 2018 MMS: DKU Commencement Ceremony

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Month Date Event
July 2018 9 - 12 MMS International Student Bootcamp (for required students only)
Math Review Course (for required students only)
  13-14 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
  15 Accounting Review (strongly recommended for all students)
  16 Summer Term classes begin (Monday)
August 2018 24 Summer Term classes end 
  27-28 Summer Term exams
September 2018 6 Fall Term 1 classes begin
October 2018 16 Fall Term 1 classes end
  18-20 Fall Term 1 exams
  21-28 FALL BREAK
  29 Fall Term 2 classes begin
November 2018 22 - 23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2018 11 Fall Term 2 classes end
  13-15 Fall Term 2 exams
  16 WINTER BREAK BEGINS

 

Location: Kunshan, China

Month Date Event
January 2019 4-5 Arrive in Kunshan
  6-8 Orientation & Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
  9 Spring Term 1 classes begin
 February 2019 2 CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAK BEGINS
  14 CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAK ENDS
March 2019 Spring Term 1 classes end
  4 Spring Term 2 classes begin
  18 SPRING BREAK STARTS
  31 SPRING BREAK ENDS
April 2019 5 CHINESE QINGMING HOLIDAY
May 2019 1 CHINESE LABOR HOLIDAY
  9 Spring Term 2 classes end
  17 Class of 2019 MMS: DKU Commencement Ceremony

Quick Facts

Start Date: July 2018
Duration: 10 months
Location: U.S. and China
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: Business fundamentals
Format: Full-time

Duke Kunshan University arrival
My Experience

Four Amazing Things About the First Term at Duke Kunshan University