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

Plus:

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)

Plus:

Finance Track

  • Intermediate Finance
  • Derivatives

Marketing Track

  • Pricing

Strategy Track

  • Operations Analytics

Forensics Track

  • Financial Statement Fraud

TERM 4  (6 WEEKS)

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

Plus:

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

Plus:

Finance Track

  • Financial Risk Management

Marketing Track

  • Market Intelligence

Strategy Track

  • People Analytics

Forensics Track

  • Fraud Analytics
 
    Month Date Event
    July 2018 9-12 International Student Bootcamp
      13-14 Program Launch (mandatory for all students)
      16 Summer Term classes begin (Monday)
    August 2018 24 Summer Term classes end
      27-29 Summer Term exam period
    September 2018 6 Fall Term 1 classes begin
    October 2018 16 Fall Term 1 classes end
      18-20 Fall Term 1 exams
      21-28 FALL BREAK
      29 Fall Term 2 classes begin
    November 2018 22-23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
    December 2018 11 Fall Term 2 classes end
      13-15 Fall Term 2 exams
      16 WINTER BREAK BEGINS
    January 2019 16 Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
      17 Spring Term 1 classes begin
    February 2019 26 Spring Term 1 classes end
    February/March 2019 28-2 Spring Term 1 exams
      3-17 SPRING BREAK
      18 Spring Term 2 classes begin
    April 2019 26 Spring Term 2 classes end
    April/May 2019 29-1 Spring Term 2 exams
      10 CLASS OF 2019 MQM: BUSINESS ANALYTICS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
      12 Class of 2019 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony
    Month Date Event
    July 2019 8-11 International Student Bootcamp (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
    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
      15 WINTER BREAK BEGINS
    January 2020 15 Team Changeover (mandatory for all students)
      16 Spring Term 1 classes begin
      20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
      22 Mon/Thurs 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
    May 2020 8 CLASS OF 2020 MQM: BUSINESS ANALYTICS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
      10 Class of 2020 Duke-wide Commencement Ceremony

    Quick Facts

    Start Date: July 2019
    Duration: 10 months
    Location: Durham, NC
    Style: Cohort-based
    Curriculum: Business analytics​​​
    Elective Course Options: 18 

    Top Tip

    We're a STEM-designated program

    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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