Function-specific. Future-driven.

The format of the MQM: Business Analytics program is designed to provide a deep dive into the quantitative tools necessary for a chosen function while refining your skills in collaboration and communication. With the opportunity to develop new skills across different subjects, your new technical capabilities will be informed by industry context as you develop the interpersonal skills that set you apart.

Prepare to launch

The 10-month sequence galvanizes learning. In mid-July, your program starts with a launch experience that prepares you for the curriculum. The rest of the experience is organized into five 6-week terms.

During the first term, your class takes foundational courses before moving into focused tracks for the remainder of the program. Over the next four terms, you'll complete courses in your selected focus along with electives spanning the MQM: Business Analytics program. With 18 electives to choose from, you'll be able to push your limits and broaden your industry exposure.

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. In spite of their 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 stronger results.

  • Over five terms you can complete up to 19 courses and a Capstone Project. Each term, required courses cover topics in data, statistics, and analytics as well as business context, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Starting in Term 2, you will also take at least one course per term in your  functional track, as well as optional electives from the other tracks. 

You'll apply for a functional track in either Finance, Marketing, Forensics, or Strategy as part of the admissions process. Each class generally meets twice a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Here is a representative class schedule:

Term 1 (6 weeks)
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Applied Probability & Statistics
  • Business Communications 1
  • Data Infrastructure
Term 2 (6 weeks)
  • Data Science for Business
  • Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration
  • Optional Elective


Finance Track

  • Introductory Finance

Marketing Track

  • Digital Marketing

Strategy Track

  • Empirical Economic Analysis

Forensics Track

  • Financial Reporting Foundations
Term 3 (6 weeks)
  • Data Visualization
  • Navigating Organizations
  • Optional Elective (except for Finance Track)


Finance Track

  • Intermediate Finance
  • Derivatives

Marketing Track

  • Pricing

Strategy Track

  • Operations Analytics

Forensics Track

  • Financial Statement Fraud


  • Decision Analytics and Modeling
  • Ethical & Legal Issues of Data Analytics
  • Optional Elective


Finance Track

  • Fixed Income Securities

Marketing Track

  • Customer Relationship Management

Strategy Track

  • Strategic Management

Forensics Track

  • Managing Operational and Informational Risks
Term 5 (6 weeks)
  • Business Communications 2
  • Capstone Project
  • Optional Elective


Finance Track

  • Financial Risk Management

Marketing Track

  • Market Intelligence

Strategy Track

  • People Analytics

Forensics Track

  • Fraud Analytics
    Month Date Event
    July 2019 8-11 International Student Bootcamp (as required by admissions)
      12-13 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
      15 Summer Term classes begin
    August 2019 23 Summer Term classes end
      26-28 Summer Term exam period
    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


    Month Date Event
    August 2020 25 - 28 Business, Communication, and Culture [optional, unless required by Admissions]***
      29 - 30 Orientation [mandatory for all students]
    September 2020 2 First Day of Class
      7 Labor Day [classes in session]
      29 Summer Term classes end
    October 2020 1 - 3 Summer Term exam period
      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
    January 2021 11 Fall Term 2 classes resume
      18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday [no classes]
      19 M/TH Classes Held
      20 T/F Classes Held
      29 Fall Term 2 classes end
    February 2021 1 -3 Fall 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

    MQM:BA Quick Facts

    Start Date: July 2021
    Duration: 10 months
    Location: Durham, NC
    Style: Cohort-based
    Curriculum: Business analytics​​​
    Elective Course Options: 18 

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    International students who meet certain requirements may have a total of up to 36 months to gain work experience in the U.S.

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