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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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)
- 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.
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 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|
|ELECTIVE TERM (2021)|
|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)|