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The Weekend Executive program helps you achieve new goals without career disruption by combining a short monthly residency with longer distance periods. You’ll live the all-out intensity of a campus experience and tight network it creates, while staying based wherever you call home. Our learning platform and flipped classroom model help you balance coursework with other commitments to maximize your face-to-face class time.

Three-day weekends, once a month

Class starts in May with learning modules to prep for your first residency, a 1-week immersion on Fuqua’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, where you meet classmates to learn about Duke and each other. Over the next 19 months you’ll typically have one 3-day residency a month—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—with hybrid distance learning periods in between. In late September of your final term, you’ll return for a final 2-week intensive session of electives and complete those courses remotely.

How you learn is also what you learn

Your classmates come from all over the country—and the world. Fuqua’s unique learning model ensures your exchanges with peers become as important as your curriculum. You’ll be teamed with four or five professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, and you’ll work closely together throughout your program. The structure means you’ll need to learn to trust and rely on each other’s strengths, gaining practice in the skills that help you move any team forward.

Our Faculty

All Fuqua degree programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty, scholars recognized for their excellence in both teaching and research. They include New York Times best-selling authors, journal editors, policy advisors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in every business discipline. Your professors will challenge you with concepts you can apply immediately in your role, and perhaps continue discussions over coffee or lunch.

Classroom Dynamics

While extensive reading assignments get you ready, debate and analysis is how you’ll learn. Faculty expect you’ll play an active part as classmates from different industries and functions offer real-time insight on the material. Our case-based curriculum is academically rigorous and tackles problems from multiple perspectives, giving you practice in analyzing business decisions with incomplete data. Be prepared to weigh in and to move through topics quickly.

Experiential Learning

Outside the classroom, speaker events and workshops give you an insider view across a range of industries. Whether it’s a four-star general sharing his experience leading the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, an alumni panel discussing trends in the health care industry, or the head of a sports marketing agency describing her career pivot—you’ll gain insights that expand your understanding of the academic material.

Over five terms you’ll cover 18 courses: ten in the core curriculum, four focused on leadership and personal skill development, and four electives. Although timing may vary by calendar year, the typical Weekend Executive structure looks like this:

Term 1
  • Distance Period (3 weeks)
  • Orientation Residency (7 days)
  • Five weekends alternating with 2 weeks of distance: two sessions are 3-day residencies on campus, and three are 1-day (Saturday) hybrid classes
  • Finals by distance (10 days)
  • Break (6 days)
Terms 2–4
  • Distance Period (2 weeks)
  • Six weekends alternating with 2 weeks of distance: three sessions are 3-day residencies on campus, and three are 1-day (Saturday) hybrid classes
  • Finals by distance (10 days)
  • Break (9 days)
Term 5 Electives
  • Distance Period (2 weeks)
  • Residency (2 weeks)
  • Distance Period (10 weeks)

Residencies in Durham

From Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, each month's residency is an intensive learning experience. You’ll also have two longer residencies during your program: 1 week for orientation, and 2 weeks for the elective term. During residency you’ll go to class, work with your team, participate in career resource sessions, meet with your leadership coach, attend guest speaker events and engage with alumni panels.

Learning—and living—with a cohort of experienced professionals helps you forge connections that will last a lifetime.  The program provides your accommodations starting Thursday night to make sure you’re ready for Friday morning classes, and you’ll find even local residents live on campus for residencies.

You’ll stay at the four-star JB Duke Hotel and your meals are included, beginning with Friday breakfast and ending with Sunday lunch. On Friday evenings you might join faculty, staff, and students in other programs for “Fuqua Friday,” a catered social event for the community. Sunday classes end at 1:00pm, when you'll travel home.

Hybrid Saturdays

During each term your in-person residencies alternate with distance weekends, where you’ll join your class either in person or remotely for sessions that start Saturday at 11:00am EST and end by 5:00pm. Faculty lead these course discussions from classrooms using technology that integrates in-person and virtual participation. While the program will not provide lodging for Hybrid Saturdays, each term you’ll have the option to decide whether you want to attend hybrid classes remotely or in person.

Distance Learning

Distance learning periods follow each residency, offering flexibility in scheduling and managing coursework, team projects, and other deliverables. Most distance periods range from 2-4 weeks in length, while your longer Term 5 residency for electives will be followed by 10 weeks of distance learning in a format that includes weekly online classes.

* Arrival day, lodging covered by program — no programming scheduled.
** Departure day from residency — no programming scheduled.

Classes for standard residency weekends begin on Friday at 8:00am and end on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Distance Weekend Saturday: Option to attend virtually or in person; students decide which option on a term basis, not week-to-week. Classes on Distance Weekends will begin at 11:00 am ET and end by 5:00 pm.
Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) - Optional course; additional fees apply.
**** May 2022 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2020)
Reading Period/Classes Begin April 28 - May 16
Residency May 17* - 21
Weekend 1 Residency May 22 - 24
Weekend 2 Distance June 6
Weekend 3 Residency June 18* - 21
Weekend 4 Distance July 4
Weekend 5 Residency July 16* - 19
Weekend 6 Distance August 1
Finals (Distance) August 7 - 16
Break August 17 - 23


TERM 2 (2020-2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin August 24 - September 2
Weekend 1 Residency September 3* - 6
Weekend 2 Distance September 19
Weekend 3 Residency October 1* - 4
Weekend 4 Distance October 24
Weekend 5 Residency November 5* - 8
Weekend 6 Distance November 21
Finals (Distance) November 27 - December 6
Break December 7 - January 3


TERM 3 (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 4 - 12
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency January 13* - 17
Weekend 2 Distance January 30
Weekend 3 Residency February 11* - 14
Weekend 4 Distance March 6
Weekend 5 Residency March 18* - 21
Weekend 6 Distance April 3
Finals (Distance) April 9 - 18
Break/GATE*** April 19 - May 16


TERM 4 (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 17 - 26
Weekend 1 Residency May 27* - 30
Weekend 2 Distance June 12
Weekend 3 Residency June 24* - 27
Weekend 4 Distance July 10
Weekend 5 Residency July 22* - 25
Weekend 6 Distance August 7
Finals (Distance) August 13 - 22
Break August 23 - 26


Reading Period/Classes Begin August 27 - September 9
Residency September 10* - 25**
Break September 26 - 27
Distance September 28 - December 6
Optional Concentration January - April 1, 2022


Degree Conferral December 30, 2021
Graduation Ceremony May 7 - 8, 2022 (tentative date)

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Weekend Executive Quick Facts

Start Date: May 2020
Duration: 19 months
Location: U.S.
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: General management, with five concentrations and one certificate
Term Structure: Residency and distance learning

Program Location and Accommodations

JB Duke Hotel
During your time in Durham, you’ll live and learn in the four-star JB Duke Hotel, a contemporary and tranquil retreat on Duke’s campus with state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Sample Campus Residency Day (Friday)

Class: Financial Accounting
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Coffee and review notes for case discussion
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Class: Managerial Economics
10:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch with class speaker
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Class: Managerial Economics (continued)
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fuqua Friday with Daytime MBA, MMS, and MQM students
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Team dinner to organize work on Financial Accounting distance assignment
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Finish prepping the case for tomorrow’s Financial Accounting class
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Relax with classmates at the JB Duke Hotel bar
9:15 PM


Sample Distance Saturday

Run errands
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Review notes for case discussions
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Class session: Financial Accounting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch break
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Class session: Managerial Economics
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Class session: Probability and Statistics
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Conference call with team to plan assignments
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Enjoy time with family
6:00 PM

Sample Distance Learning Day

Check Canvas and add comment to class conversation about how today's economic news impacts the industry in your current assignment
7:00 AM

Head to work
7:30 AM

Complete your piece of your team's Financial Accounting assignment over lunch hour
12:00 PM

Respond to a team text on the status of your work assignment and email your latest analysis to the group
6:00 PM

Enjoy dinner with family
6:30 PM

Weekly WebEx call with your team
9:00 PM

Read next week's case, do a problem set, and get started on action items assigned during team call
10:00 PM

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