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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 2024 classes start in June 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 six 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)
TermS 5 - 6 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 three 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 1:30pm, 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 10:00am EST and end by 5:15pm. 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.

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* 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.

**** May 2025 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 30 - June 17
Pre-Residency Session June 10
Residency June 18* - 22
Weekend 1 Residency June 23 - 25
Weekend 2 - Hybrid July 8
Weekend 3 Residency July 20* - 23
Weekend 4 - Hybrid August 5
Weekend 5 Residency August 17* - 20
Weekend 6 - Hybrid September 2
Finals (Distance) September 8 - 17
Break September 18 - October 5

 

TERM 2 (2023-2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin October 6 - 18
Pre-Residency Session October 14
Weekend 1 Residency October 19* - 22
Weekend 2 - Hybrid November 4
Weekend 3 Residency November 16* - 19
Weekend 4 - Hybrid December 2
Weekend 5 Residency December 14* - 17
Weekend 6 - Hybrid January 6, 2024
Finals (Distance) January 12 - 21
Break January 22 - 23

 

TERM 3 (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 24 - February 6
Pre-Residency Session February 3
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency February 7* - 11
Weekend 2 - Hybrid February 24
Weekend 3 Residency March 7* - 10
Weekend 4 - Hybrid March 23
Weekend 5 Residency April 4* - 7
Weekend 6 - Hybrid April 20
Finals (Distance) April 26 - May 5
Break May 6 - May 30

 

TERM 4 (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 31 - June 12
Pre-Residency Session June 8
Weekend 1 Residency June 13* - 16
Weekend 2 - Hybrid June 29
Weekend 3 Residency July 11* - 14
Weekend 4 - Hybrid July 27
Weekend 5 Residency August 8* - 11
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 24
Finals (Distance) August 30 - September 8
Break September 9 - 12

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 13 - 26
Pre-Residency Session September 21
Residency September 27* - October 5**
Break October 6 - 14
Distance October 8 - November 18
Break November 19 - December 31

 

ELECTIVE TERM 2 (2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 1 - 10
Pre-Residency Session January 4
Residency January 11* -   18**
Break January 19 - 27
Distance January 28 - March 3

 

Optional Concentration (2025)
Optional Concentration TBD

 

GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 11, 2025
Graduation Ceremony**** May 10 - 11, 2025

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* 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 1:30pm.
Pre-Residency Session: Students attend virtually from 10:00am 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 10:00 am ET and end by 5:00 pm.

**** May 2026 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 28 - June 15
Pre-Residency Session June 8
Residency June 16* - 20
Weekend 1 Residency June 21 - 23
Weekend 2 - Hybrid July 6
Weekend 3 Residency July 18* - 21
Weekend 4 - Hybrid August 3
Weekend 5 Residency August 15* - 18
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 31
Finals (Distance) September 6 - 15
Break September 16 - September 26

 

TERM 2 (2024-2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 27 - October 9
Pre-Residency Session October 5
Weekend 1 Residency October 10* - 13
Weekend 2 - Hybrid October 26
Weekend 3 Residency November 7* - 10
Weekend 4 - Hybrid November 23
Weekend 5 Residency December 5* - 8
Weekend 6 - Hybrid December 21
Finals (Distance) January 3 - 12, 2025
Break January 13 - 15

 

TERM 3 (2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 16 - 28
Pre-Residency Session January 25
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency January 29* - February 2
Weekend 2 - Hybrid February 15
Weekend 3 Residency February 27* - March 2
Weekend 4 - Hybrid March 15
Weekend 5 Residency March 27* - 30
Weekend 6 - Hybrid April 12
Finals (Distance) April 18 - 27
Break April 28 - May 15

 

TERM 4 (2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 16 - 28
Pre-Residency Session May 24
Weekend 1 Residency May 29* - June 1
Weekend 2 - Hybrid June 14
Weekend 3 Residency June 26* - 29
Weekend 4 - Hybrid July 12
Weekend 5 Residency July 24* - 27
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 9
Finals (Distance) August 15 - 24
Break August 25 - September 11

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 (2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 12 - 25
Pre-Residency Session September 20
Residency September 26* - October 4**
Break October 5 - 13
Distance October 14 - November 17
Break November 18 - December 31

 

ELECTIVE TERM 2 (2026)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 1 - 9
Pre-Residency Session January 3
Residency January 10* -   17**
Break January 18 - 26
Distance January 27 - March 2

 

Optional Concentration (2026)
Optional Concentration TBD

 

GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 10, 2026
Graduation Ceremony**** May 9 - 10, 2026

Print Calendar

* 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 1:30pm.
Pre-Residency Session: Students attend virtually from 10:00am 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 10:00 am ET and end by 5:15 pm.

**** May 2027 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2025)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 27 - June 14
Pre-Residency Session June 7
Residency June 15* - 19
Weekend 1 Residency June 20 - 22
Weekend 2 - Hybrid July 5
Weekend 3 Residency July 17* - 20
Weekend 4 - Hybrid August 2
Weekend 5 Residency August 14* - 17
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 30
Finals (Distance) September 5 - 14
Break September 15 - 25

 

TERM 2 (2025-2026)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 26 - October 8
Pre-Residency Session October 4
Weekend 1 Residency October 9* - 12
Weekend 2 - Hybrid October 25
Weekend 3 Residency November 6* - 9
Weekend 4 - Hybrid November 22
Weekend 5 Residency December 4* - 7
Weekend 6 - Hybrid December 20
Finals (Distance) January 2 - 11, 2026
Break January 12 - 14

 

TERM 3 (2026)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 15 - 27
Pre-Residency Session January 24
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency January 28* - February 1
Weekend 2 - Hybrid February 14
Weekend 3 Residency February 26* - March 1
Weekend 4 - Hybrid March 14
Weekend 5 Residency March 26* - 29
Weekend 6 - Hybrid April 11
Finals (Distance) April 17 - 26
Break April 27 - May 14

 

TERM 4 (2026)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 15 - 27
Pre-Residency Session May 23
Weekend 1 Residency May 28* - May 31
Weekend 2 - Hybrid June 13
Weekend 3 Residency June 25* - 28
Weekend 4 - Hybrid July 11
Weekend 5 Residency July 23* - 26
Weekend 6 - Hybrid August 8
Finals (Distance) August 14 - 23
Break August 24 - September 10

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 (2026)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 11 - 24
Pre-Residency Session September 19
Residency September 25* - October 3**
Break October 4 - 12
Distance October 13 - November 16
Break November 17 - December 31

 

ELECTIVE TERM 2 (2027)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 1 - 8
Pre-Residency Session January 2
Residency January 9* -   16**
Break January 17 - 25
Distance January 26 - March 1

 

Optional Concentration (2027)
Optional Concentration TBD

 

GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 9, 2027
Graduation Ceremony**** May 8 - 9, 2027

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We'd love to learn more about your background and goals so we can help you explore whether the Weekend Executive MBA is a good fit for your career. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs or admissions process. 

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Weekend Executive Quick Facts

Start Date: May 2024
Duration: 22 months
Location: U.S.
Style: Cohort-based
Curriculum: General management, with five concentrations and one certificate
Term Structure: Residency and distance learning

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Program Location and Accommodations

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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.

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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 Hybrid Saturday

Run errands
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Review notes for case discussions
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Class session: Financial Accounting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch break
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

Break
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Class session: Probability and Statistics
3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Conference call with team to plan assignments
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Enjoy time with family
6:30 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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