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The Duke MBA Facts

  • The Fuqua MBA has 42 student clubs
  • The Fuqua MBA has 101 professors
  • The Fuqua MBA has over 100 electives to choose from
  • The Fuqua MBA has 40 foreign exchange programs

The Duke MBA in detail

The Daytime MBA

Be Consequential
Do you aspire to be a leader who demonstrates competence, character, and purpose? A thinker and a doer who can maneuver the complexities of interdependent issues. Do you aspire to possess the technical acumen, personal attributes and moral compass to both "get along" and "get it right?" The world needs MBAs who are passionate, accountable, authentic and above all, whose aim is to work towards a collective good for ALL stakeholders.
If this sounds like you, then The Duke MBA-Daytime program is for you.
The Duke MBA—Daytime program provides a solid foundation in business fundamentals with a global perspective.
  • Program Length: 22 months
  • Academic Terms: 5 terms in the first year, and 4 terms in the second year that are each 6 weeks long
  • First Year: 10 core courses and 5 or more electives
  • Second Year: All elective courses


  • Global Knowledge - The first term (held in August) involves the 'Global Institute' a four week course featuring 3 core classes: Leadership, Ethics & Organisations
  • Flexible and focused - Six week terms allows you to take 3 to 4 courses per term, giving you greater breadth of knowledge without sacrificing depth!
  • Concentrations - Fuqua offers specialized concentrations. Concentrations are optional and usually feature 4 focal MBA courses in the discipline including 2 courses from other areas to broaden your knowledge. You may choose up to 2 of the following:
    • Decision Sciences
    • Energy and Environment
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Finance
    • Financial Analysis
    • Leadership and Ethics
    • Management, Marketing
    • Operations Management
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Strategy.
  • Certificates A certificate allows you to branch out beyond the MBA curriculum for professional specialization in a particular area. Fuqua offer 2 certificates within the Daytime program — a Certificate of Excellence in Finance and a Health Sector Management (HSM) Certificate.

Time management: No classes are scheduled on Wednesdays so that you may have a full day every week to concentrate on other school activities including club-sponsored conferences, special speakers, and career services events. Many on-campus recruiting events, including interviews, occur on Wednesdays.

Joint degree options: Due to the flexible nature of the program you can also enroll as a Joint degree with 5 other Duke Schools!

Student life on the Fuqua MBA is diverse & multi-cultural. Duke strongly believes that you learn the most from people who see things differently than you. They challenge you to identify and validate the assumptions in your perceptions, and open your eyes to other ways of engaging with the world. You can learn more about diversity at Fuqua by downloading this brochure. The Fuqua MBA program has 42 student clubs see the full list here.

The Cross Continent MBA

The Duke MBA—Cross Continent program is designed to help full-time working professionals earn a world-class MBA in only 16 months, and to build a culturally-diverse peer network across the globe.

Program Length: 16 months

Academic Terms: 6 terms (with an optional 7th term for a concentration)

Academic Environment: Short in-person residency sessions followed by longer distance learning periods. Approximately 40% of the teaching is done face-to-face.

Residencies (in order for the 2013 graduating class):

Typical Term: After a pre-reading period at home, you will travel around the world to meet for classes in residency sessions. The residency experience will then be followed by approximately 2 months of distance learning from home.

Curriculum: 12 core curriculum courses (2 span the first 5 terms), 4 electives, and an additional, optional, 2-course equivalent elective project if pursuing a concentration or certificate. Learn more about curriculum.

Program Start/End: August/December

And finally...if you've ever questioned the importance of going global then watch this:


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The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University will appeal to the internationally minded, with an original Cross Continent MBA and Global EMBA providing 'immersion' experiences at Duke's campuses in North Carolina, Dubai, New Delhi, St. Petersburg and Shanghai. The curriculum is specifically tailored to explore global markets, regulations, and business institutions in some of the world's most important economic regions.

Duke also offers a more traditional full-time US MBA (22 months) and Executive MBA (19 months) alongside specialist masters in health management, business foundations, finance and clinical informatics.

Duke University, founded in Durham (North Carolina) in 1924, is known to many Americans as 'Harvard of the South' with an elite educational reputation and particular standing in medical sciences. Here you'll find the Duke 'daytime' MBAs who study core business modules for punchy 6-week terms followed by a summer internship and then a 2nd year focused entirely on their chosen electives.

To facilitate the best possible learning and growth, the Duke MBA encourages a community "from a myriad of functional, industry and academic backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religious beliefs and sexual orientations" and says that "when you step into a Duke MBA classroom, you will be awed by the experiences and perspectives that your classmates possess."

A strong emphasis is placed on working collaboratively with Fuqua classmates and forging helpful connections across the school and with the 16,000 alumni internationally. This network, along with Fuqua's hands-on Career Management Center, will help students to find job opportunities in their chosen industry and region during and after their MBA.

Read an in-depth interview with John Gallagher, Director of Duke's Global EMBA. Alumni of the programme include Jonathan Browning, CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, Joe Euteneuer, CFO of Sprint Nextel, and Ahmad Sharaf, chairman of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange. 

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Application Information

Application Deadlines (2012 - 2013)

  • Early action: 9 September 2012
  • Round 1: 24 October 2012
  • Round 2: 4 January 2013
  • Round 3: 21 March 2013

Essay Questions

  1. Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path.
  2. How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua's diverse culture?
  3. Why Duke? (If you are interested in a specific concentration, joint degree, clubs or activities, please discuss how you would contribute to these in this essay.)

Go to Dukes online Application form