Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business Student Marko Pandilovski
“Fuqua students are like one big family. I’m amazed how everyone who studies here is willing to help you. Whether it’s for housing or study advice, mock interviews, or even connecting you with their friends at companies you are recruiting for, Fuqua students will give their best to assist you with whatever needs you may have.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2022
Investment Banking

Prior Education:

Vienna University of Economics and Business
Business, Economics, and Social Science, 2019
Belgrade, Serbia

Why I Chose Fuqua

Duke University is recognized as one of  the best schools in the U.S. and its graduates have made a significant contribution to the scientific, business, and sports communities. I chose Fuqua because of the coursework and the impact that Fuqua's alumni make globally. I’ve always been inspired by the outstanding achievements that Fuqua alumni have accomplished in business. It’s appealing to have something in common with individuals from the companies that shape our world. Being a part of the culture and sharing the same Fuqua identity with some of the most notable CEOs and investors inspires every ambitious young person.

Before Fuqua

I have worked across different roles in financial services. My role before Fuqua was in investment banking where I conducted competitive and industry analyses and coordinated due diligences processes. I hope to return after Fuqua.

After Fuqua

I hope to land a job in the investment banking industry. However, breaking into this competitive industry requires well-rounded individuals, and recruiters focus only on the candidates from top institutions. I believe that Fuqua can offer me the preparation and resources necessary to accomplish my goal.


5 Best Courses and Why

  1. Financial Accounting – This will help you understand the accounting concepts and three financial statement analyses relevant to every industry.
  2. Managerial Economics – This course explains how firms make pricing decisions based on demand and how firms' interactions on the market affect supply, demand, and prices.
  3. Capital Markets – A fantastic course that teaches you how to pick a good investment. Professor Alon Brav emphasized the importance of choosing good investment vehicles and starting investing early.
  4. Quantitative Business Analysis – Professor Luca is always optimistic, and his positive attitude will improve your day - no matter what. Besides that, his lectures are engaging and funny! This course will help you to get a better understanding of statistics.
  5. Management and Organizations – Amazing course that shows you all shortcomings of the human brain. The course covers ethics, negotiation, and it points out the mistake of intuitive thinking. It also shows you how to be aware of thinking traps, and avoid biases and stereotypes.

What I Love About Fuqua Clubs

I took part in the Finance and Private Equity Clubs. I enjoyed the industry-focused events, where experienced professionals from the financial sector help students during their recruiting and decision-making process, and am grateful for the insight into the industry. However, what I personally found most helpful is the technical interview preparatory sessions that are free for all Finance Club members. Of course, the Finance and Private Equity Clubs are not the only clubs at Fuqua. There are organizations for every industry on the market, such as entrepreneurship, venture capital, or consulting clubs. In fact, you are encouraged to establish an entirely new club with your colleagues if you want to.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business

Undergraduate Majors

Liberal Arts (33%)
Business/Accounting (24%)
Engineering/Natural Sciences (18%)
Economics (17%)
Other (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
MMS: Foundations of Business

Average Age


Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented


Non-US Citizenship



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