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
    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
      22-29 FALL AND THANKSGIVING BREAK
      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
    May 2021 28 CLASS OF 2021 MMS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

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

    Month Date Event
    July 2021 5 - 8 Math Review
      5 - 8 Business, Communication, and Culture [as required by Admissions]
      9 Orientation [mandatory for all students]
      11 Accounting Review
      12 Summer Term classes begin
    August 2021 20 Summer Term classes end
      23-25 Summer Term exam period
    September 2021 1 MSTeM Elective Class Begins
      2 Fall Term 1 classes begin
    October 2021 12 Fall Term 1 classes end
      14-16 Fall Term 1 exams
      17-24 FALL BREAK
      25 Fall Term 2 classes begin
    November 2021 24-26 THANKSGIVING BREAK
    December 2021 7 Fall Term 2 classes end
      9-11 Fall Term 2 exams
      12 WINTER BREAK BEGINS
    January 2022 12 Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
      13 Spring Term 1 classes begin
      17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday [no classes]
      18 M/TH Classes Held on Tuesday
      19 T/F Classes Held on Wednesday
    February 2022 22 Spring Term 1 classes end
      24-26 Spring Term 1 exams
    Feb - March 2022 27 - 13 SPRING BREAK
      14 Spring Term 2 classes begin
    April 2022 22 Spring Term 2 classes end
      25-27 Spring Term 2 exams
    May 2022 6 CLASS OF 2021 MMS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
      8 Class of 2022 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

    Calendar subject to change.

    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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