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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

Spring 2021 classes start 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 22 months you’ll typically have one 3-day residency a month—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—with hybrid distance learning periods in between. In your final term, you’ll return for two one-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.

A hybrid class in action

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 - 1 week sessions)
  • Distance Period (6 weeks following each 1 week residency)

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 one-week residencies 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 each of the one week residencies in Term 5 will be followed by 6 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.


TERM 1 (2019)
Reading Period/Classes Begin April 30 - May 18
Residency May 19* - 23
Weekend 1 Residency May 24 - 26
Weekend 2 Distance June 8
Weekend 3 Residency June 20* - 23
Weekend 4 Distance July 6
Weekend 5 Residency July 18* - 21
Weekend 6 Distance August 3
Finals (Distance) August 9 - 18
Break August 19 - 22



TERM 2 (2019-2020)
Reading Period/Classes Begin August 23 - September 4
Weekend 1 Residency September 5* - 8
Weekend 2 Distance September 21
Weekend 3 Residency October 3* - 6
Weekend 4 Distance October 26
Weekend 5 Residency November 7* - 10
Weekend 6 Distance November 23
Finals (Distance) November 29 - December 8
Break December 9 - January 9


TERM 3 (2020)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 10 - 21
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency January 22* - 26
Weekend 2 Distance February 8
Weekend 3 Residency February 20* - 23
Weekend 4 Distance March 7
Weekend 5 Residency March 19* - 22
Weekend 6 Distance April 4
Finals (Distance) April 10 - 19
Break/GATE*** April 20 - May 14


TERM 4 (2020)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 15 - 27
Weekend 1 Residency May 28* - 31
Weekend 2 Distance June 13
Weekend 3 Residency June 25* - 28
Weekend 4 Distance July 11
Weekend 5 Residency July 23* - 26
Weekend 6 Distance August 8
Finals (Distance) August 14 - 23
Break August 24 - 27


Reading Period/Classes Begin August 28 - September 10
Residency September 11* - 26**
Break September 27 - 28
Distance September 29 - December 7
Optional Concentration January - April 1, 2021


Degree Conferral December 30, 2020
Graduation Ceremony May 29, 2021 

* 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.
Pre-Residency Session: Students attend virtually from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Hybrid Weekend Saturday: Students have the option to attend virtually or in person. No lodging provided. Students decide on a term-by-term basis, not week-to-week, whether they will attend in person. Classes will begin on Hybrid Weekends at 11:00 am ET and end by 5:00 pm.
Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) - This is an optional course that is a blend of in-class and in-country experiences. The in-country experience will occur between Terms 3 and 4, with required class sessions prior to departure. 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 July 23 - August 29
Pre-Residency Session August 22
Residency August 30* - September 3
Weekend 1 Residency September 4 - 6
Weekend 2 - Hybrid September 19
Weekend 3 Residency October 1* - 4
Weekend 4 - Hybrid October 24
Weekend 5 Residency November 5* - 8
Weekend 6 - Hybrid November 21
Finals (Distance) December 4 - 13
Break December 14 - 29


TERM 2 (2020-2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin December 30 - January 13
Pre-Residency Session January 9
Weekend 1 Residency January 14* - 17
Weekend 2 - Hybrid January 30
Weekend 3 Residency February 11* - 14
Weekend 4 - Hybrid March 6
Weekend 5 Residency March 18* - 21
Weekend 6 - Hybrid April 3
Finals (Distance) April 9 - 18
Break/GATE*** April 19 - May 5


TERM 3 (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 6 - 18
Pre-Residency Session May 15
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency May 19* - 23
Weekend 2 - Hybrid June 12
Weekend 3 Residency June 24* - 27
Weekend 4 - Hybrid July 10
Weekend 5 Residency July 22* - 25
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 7
Finals (Distance) August 13 - 22
Break August 23 - 25


TERM 4 (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin August 26 - September 8
Pre-Residency Session September 4
Weekend 1 Residency September 9* - 12
Weekend 2 - Hybrid September 25
Weekend 3 Residency October 7* - 10
Weekend 4 - Hybrid October 23
Weekend 5 Residency November 4* - 7
Weekend 6 - Hybrid November 20
Finals (Distance) December 3 - 12
Break December 13 - 16


ELECTIVE TERM (2021 - 2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin December 17 - January 6
Pre-Residency Session December 26
Pre-Residency Session January 2
Residency January 7* - 22**
Break January 23 - January 24
Distance January 25 - April 4
Finals (Distance) March 22 - April 4


Term 6 Optional Concentration (2022)
Optional Concentration April 18 - July 17


Degree Conferral May 8, 2022
Graduation Ceremony**** May 7 - 8, 2022 (tentative date)

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Weekend Executive Quick Facts

Start Date: April 2021
Duration: 22 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.
The value of Hybrid or Distance Learning

The Value of Distance Learning

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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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