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 2021 5-8 Business, Communications, and Culture (BCC) (as required by admissions)
      9-10 Orientation (mandatory for all students)
      12 Summer Term classes begin
    August 2021 2 Start Date for Elective Class
      20 Summer Term classes end
      23-25 Summer Term exam period
    September 2021 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
    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/FR 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
      8 Class of 2022 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony
    Month Date Event
    July 2022 11-14 Business, Communications, and Culture (BCC) (as required by admissions)
      16 Orientation (mandatory for all students)
      18 Summer Term classes begin
    August 2022 26 Summer Term classes end
      29-31 Summer Term exam period
    September 2022 8 Fall Term 1 classes begin
      17-18 Teambuilding
    October 2022 18 Fall Term 1 classes end
      20-22 Fall Term 1 exams
      23-30 FALL BREAK
      31 Fall Term 2 classes begin
    November 2022 23-25 THANKSGIVING BREAK
    December 2022 13 Fall Term 2 classes end
      15-17 Fall Term 2 exams
    January 2023 18 Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
      19 Spring Term 1 classes begin
    February 2023 28 Spring Term 1 classes end
    March 2023 2-4 Spring Term 1 exams
      5-19 SPRING BREAK
      20 Spring Term 2 classes begin
    April 2023 28 Spring Term 2 classes end
    May 2023 1-3 Spring Term 2 exams
      14 Class of 2023 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

    MQM:BA Quick Facts

    Start Date: July 2022
    Duration: 10 months
    Location: Durham, NC
    Style: Cohort-based
    Curriculum: Business analytics​​​
    Elective Course Options: 18 

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