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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 2022 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 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.
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 2023 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2021)
Reading Period/Classes Begin April 20 - May 9, 2021
Pre-Residency Session May 1, 2021
Residency May 10* - May 14, 2021
Weekend 1 Residency May 15 - 17, 2021
Weekend 2 - Distance June 5, 2021
Weekend 3 Residency June 17* - 20, 2021
Weekend 4 - Distance July 3, 2021
Weekend 5 Residency July 15* - 18, 2021
Weekend 6 - Distance July 31, 2021
Finals (Distance) August 6 - 15, 2021
Break August 16 - September 2, 2021

 

TERM 2 (2021-2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 3 - 15, 2021
Pre-Residency Session September 11, 2021
Weekend 1 Residency September 16* - 19, 2021
Weekend 2 - Distance October 2, 2021
Weekend 3 Residency October 14* - 17, 2021
Weekend 4 - Distance October 30, 2021
Weekend 5 Residency November 11* - 14, 2021
Weekend 6 - Distance December 4, 2021
Finals (Distance) December 10 - 19, 2021
Break December 20, 2021 - January 11, 2022

 

TERM 3 (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 12 - 25, 2022
Pre-Residency Session January 22, 2022
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency January 26* - 30, 2022
Weekend 2 - Distance February 12, 2022
Weekend 3 Residency February 24* - 27, 2022
Weekend 4 - Distance March 12, 2022
Weekend 5 Residency March 24* - 27, 2022
Weekend 6 - Distance April 9, 2022
Finals (Distance) April 15 - 24, 2022
Break/GATE*** April 25 - May 12, 2022

 

TERM 4 (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 13 - 25, 2022
Pre-Residency Session May 21, 2022
Weekend 1 Residency May 26* - 29, 2022
Weekend 2 - Distance June 11, 2022
Weekend 3 Residency June 23* - 26, 2022
Weekend 4 - Distance July 9, 2022
Weekend 5 Residency July 21* - 24, 2022
Weekend 6 - Distance August 6, 2022
Finals (Distance) August 12 - 21, 2022
Break August 22 - September 15, 2022

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 (2022-2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 16 - 29, 2022
Pre-Residency Session September 24, 2022
Residency September 30* - October 8**, 2022
Break October 9 - 17, 2022
Distance October 18 - November 21, 2022
Break November 22, 2022 - January 1, 2023
ELECTIVE TERM 2 (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 2 - 13, 2023
Pre-Residency Session January 7, 2023
Residency January 14* -   21**, 2023
Break January 22 - 30, 2023
Distance January 31 - March 6, 2023

 

Optional Concentration (2023)
Optional Concentration December 1, 2022 - April 1, 2023

 

GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 14, 2023
Graduation Ceremony**** May 13 - 14, 2023

* 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.

Distance 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 Distance Weekends at 11:00 am ET and end by 5:00 pm.

**** May 2024 Graduation dates have not yet been announced by the University; dates provided are anticipated based on historical experience

TERM 1 (2022)
Reading Period/Classes Begin May 24 - June 11, 2022
Pre-Residency Session June 4, 2022
Residency June 12* - 16, 2022
Weekend 1 Residency June 17 - 19, 2022
Weekend 2 - Distance July 2, 2022
Weekend 3 Residency July 14* - 17, 2022
Weekend 4 - Distance July 30, 2022
Weekend 5 Residency August 11* - 14, 2022
Weekend 6 - Distance August 27, 2022
Finals (Distance) September 2 - 11, 2022
Break September 12 - 29, 2022

 

TERM 2 (2022-2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 30 - October 12, 2022
Pre-Residency Session October 8, 2022
Weekend 1 Residency October 13* - 16, 2022
Weekend 2 - Distance October 29, 2022
Weekend 3 Residency November 10* - 13, 2022
Weekend 4 - Distance December 3, 2022
Weekend 5 Residency December 15* - 18, 2022
Weekend 6 - Distance January 7, 2023
Finals (Distance) January 13 - 22, 2023
Break January 23 - 31, 2023

 

TERM 3 (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin February 1 - 14, 2023
Pre-Residency Session February 11, 2023
Weekend 1 (Team Changeover) Residency February 15* - 19, 2023
Weekend 2 - Distance March 4, 2023
Weekend 3 Residency March 16* - 19, 2023
Weekend 4 - Distance April 1, 2023
Weekend 5 Residency April 13* - 16, 2023
Weekend 6 - Distance April 29, 2023
Finals (Distance) May 5 - 14, 2023
Break May 15 - June 1, 2023

 

TERM 4 (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin June 2 - 14, 2023
Pre-Residency Session June 10, 2023
Weekend 1 Residency June 15* - 18, 2023
Weekend 2 - Distance July 1, 2023
Weekend 3 Residency July 13* - 16, 2023
Weekend 4 - Distance July 29, 2023
Weekend 5 Residency August 10* - 13, 2023
Weekend 6 - Distance August 26, 2023
Finals (Distance) September 1 - 10, 2023
Break September 11 - 14, 2023

 

ELECTIVE TERM 1 (2023)
Reading Period/Classes Begin September 15 - 28, 2023
Pre-Residency Session September 23, 2023
Residency September 29* - October 7**, 2023
Break October 8 - 16, 2023
Distance October 17 - November 20, 2023
Break November 21 - December 31, 2023
ELECTIVE TERM 2 (2024)
Reading Period/Classes Begin January 1 - 12, 2024
Pre-Residency Session January 6, 2024
Residency January 13* -   20**, 2024
Break January 21 - 29, 2024
Distance January 30 - March 4, 2024

 

Optional Concentration (2024)
Optional Concentration December 1, 2023 - April 1, 2024

 

GRADUATION
Degree Conferral May 12, 2024
Graduation Ceremony**** May 11 - 12, 2024

* 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.

Distance 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 Distance 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 - Distance July 8
Weekend 3 Residency July 20* - 23
Weekend 4 - Distance August 5
Weekend 5 Residency August 17* - 20
Weekend 6 - Distance 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 - Distance November 4
Weekend 3 Residency November 16* - 19
Weekend 4 - Distance December 2
Weekend 5 Residency December 14* - 17
Weekend 6 - Distance 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 - Distance February 24
Weekend 3 Residency March 7* - 10
Weekend 4 - Distance March 23
Weekend 5 Residency April 4* - 7
Weekend 6 - Distance 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 - Distance June 29
Weekend 3 Residency July 11* - 14
Weekend 4 - Distance July 27
Weekend 5 Residency August 8* - 11
Weekend 6 - Distance 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 21 - March 3

 

Optional Concentration (2025)
Optional Concentration TBD

 

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

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Weekend Executive Quick Facts

Start Date: May 2023
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
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The Value of Distance Learning

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

Break
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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