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

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 2019 8-11 MMS International Student Bootcamp (as required by admissions)
Math Review Course (as required by admissions)
  12-13 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
  14 Accounting Review (strongly recommended for all students)
  15 Summer Term classes begin
August 2019 23 Summer Term classes end 
  26 - 28 Summer Term exam period
August/September 29 - 4 Break
September 2019 5 Fall Term 1 classes begin
October 2019 15 Fall Term 1 classes end
  17 - 19 Fall Term 1 exams
  20 - 27 FALL BREAK
  28 Fall Term 2 classes begin
November 2019 27 - 29 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2019 10 Fall Term 2 classes end
  12 - 14 Fall 2 exams


Location: Kunshan, China

Month Date Event
January 2020 4 - 5 Arrival in Kunshan
  6 - 7 Orientation & Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
  8 Spring Terms classes begin
 January to February 22-2 CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAK
March 2020 23-29 Spring Break
April 2020 3-5 Chinese Qingming Holiday
May 2020 1-3 Chinese Labor Holiday
  6 Spring Terms classes end
  15 Class of 2020 MMS: DKU Commencement Ceremony

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Month Date Event
July 2020 6 - 9 Business, Communication & Culture (as required by admissions)
Math Review Course (for required students only)
  10-11 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
  12 Accounting Review (strongly recommended for all students)
  13 Summer Term classes begin (Monday)
August 2020 21 Summer Term classes end 
  24-26 Summer Term exam period
September 2020 3 Fall Term 1 classes begin
October 2020 13 Fall Term 1 classes end
  15-17 Fall Term 1 exams
  18-25 FALL BREAK
  26 Fall Term 2 classes begin
November 2020 25 - 27 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 2020 8 Fall Term 2 classes end
  10-12 Fall Term 2 exams


Location: Kunshan, China

Month Date Event
January 2021 4-5 Arrival in Kunshan
  6-7 Orientation & Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
  8 Spring Term 1 classes begin
March 2021 Spring Term 1 classes end
  8 Spring Term 2 classes begin
  7 Spring Term 2 classes end
  14 Class of 2021 MMS: DKU Commencement Ceremony
**Calendar subject to change**

MMS: DKU Quick Facts

Start Date: July 2020
Duration: 10 months
Location: U.S. and China
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: Business fundamentals
Format: Full-time

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MMS: Duke Kunshan University

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