Gain the skills to take the lead

The structure of the Master of Management Studies program is designed to ground you in each of the functional areas of business, while helping you explore different industries or opportunities you may want to pursue. Here, you’ll find classes and experiences that help you take initiative, push your limits, and develop the skills you’ll need to launch a career you love.

Getting started

The 10-month format is a jump start on your future. 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 less than a year, you’ll be ready to start your career in finance, marketing, consulting, or general management.

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

What sets Fuqua apart is the way we structure our programs—as learning teams. You’ll collaborate on coursework and projects with a team of 4–6 students hand-picked to ensure you learn from people with different backgrounds. Replicating a corporate environment, you’ll learn as much from your team experience as you do from your courses—gaining an understanding of the ways drawing strength from others leads to better results.

    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. Here is a sample structure:

    Orientation and Workshops (3 days)
    Summer Term (6 weeks)
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Business Communication I
    • Quantitative Business Analysis
    Fall Term 1 (6 weeks)
    • Introduction to Marketing Analysis
    • Foundations of Corporate Finance
    • Fundamentals of Business Economics
    Fall Term 2 (6 weeks)
    • Foundations of Capital Markets
    • Business Communication II
    • Principles of Strategy
    Spring Term 1 (6 weeks)
    • Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis
    • Fundamentals of Market Intelligence
    • Principles of Cost and Managerial Accounting
    Spring Term 2 (6 weeks)
    • Foundations of Management and Organizations
    • Fundamentals of Financial Analysis
    • Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management
    Month Date Event
    July 2019 8-11 MMS International Student Bootcamp (for required students only)
    Math Review Course (for required students only)
      12-13 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
      14 Accounting Review (strongly recommended for all students)
      15 Summer Term classes begin (Monday)
    August 2019


    Summer Term classes end
      26-28 Summer Term exam period
    August/September 2019  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 Term 2 exams
    January 2020 15 Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
      16 Spring Term 1 classes begin
      20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)
      21 M/TH classes held on Tuesday
      22 T/FR classes held on Wednesday
    February 2020 25 Spring Term 1 classes end
      27-29 Spring Term 1 exams
    March 2020 1-15 SPRING BREAK
      16 Spring Term 2 classes begin
    April 2020 24 Spring Term 2 classes end
      27-29 Spring Term 2 exams
      10 Class of 2020 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

    Calendar subject to change.

    Month Date Event
    August 2020 25 - 28 Business, Communication, and Culture [as required by Admissions]***
      24 - 27 Math Review Course [for required students only]
      28 Orientation [mandatory for all students]
      31 Accounting Review [strongly recommended for all students]
    September 2020 2 First Day of Classes
      7 Labor Day [Classes in session]
      29 Summer Term classes end
    October 2020 1-3 Summer Term exams
      7 MSTeM Elective Class Begins
      8 Fall Term 1 classes begin
    November 2020 17 Fall Term 1 classes end
      19-21 Fall Term 1 exams
      30 Fall Term 2 classes begin
    December 2020 19 WINTER BREAK BEGINS
    January 2021 11 Fall Term 2 classes resume
      18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday [no classes]
      19 M/TH Classes Held on Tuesday
      20 T/F Classes Held on Wednesday
      29 Fall Term 2 classes end
    February 2021 1-3 Fall Term 2 exams
      10 Team Changeover [mandatory for all students]
      11 Spring Term 1 classes begin
    March 2021 23 Spring Term 1 classes end
      25-27 Spring Term 1 exams
    March - April 2021 28-7 SPRING BREAK
    April 2021 8 Spring Term 2 classes begin
    May 2021 18 Spring Term 2 classes end
      20-22 Spring Term 2 exams

    Calendar subject to change.
    ***Also known as International Student Bootcamp

    MMS: FOB Quick Facts

    Start Date: July 2021
    Duration: 10 months
    Location: Durham, N.C.
    Style: Cohort-based
    Curriculum: Business fundamentals, optional MSTeM track
    Format: Full-time 

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