Core business competence

Fuqua values your lifetime success, so we provide an interdisciplinary foundation that supports your career over the long term. You’ll study the same general management curriculum taught in every Duke MBA program, completing a core that spans all the functional areas of business. Electives deepen your knowledge of a specific discipline or broaden your understanding across a wider set of subjects, and you’ll have the ability to concentrate or earn a certificate in a chosen specialty.

Global Context

The Global Executive difference comes from our focus on developing your global awareness. You’ll take two multi-term courses that expose you to issues in international commerce. Through a mix of classroom work and experiential learning, these courses have you explore how market dynamics and institutions drive the world economy while learning how to adapt your leadership style to different cultural contexts.

With a core business foundation informed by global awareness, you’ll have the tools to lead in any context.

Course Highlights

Explore a selection of the core courses and electives available to you.

You’ll take 10 core courses, taught over the first five terms of your program. The topic structure allows you to gain a solid understanding across many subjects without sacrificing the development of core skills.

Financial Accounting

Learn to construct and interpret corporate financial reports. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding of financial statements and the ability to use them for decision making.

Managerial Effectiveness

Studying the behavior of individuals and teams in organizations, this course explores the ways national and regional culture impact management practices. You’ll explore managerial and leadership actions that enhance organizational effectiveness.

Managerial Economics

Delve into markets and how they work. You’ll examine the decisions of firms, consumers, and governments and how they interact to determine market outcomes as you learn about a variety of market structures.

Foundations of Business Analytics

To make informed decisions under uncertainty, you’ll need to analyze and understand data of relevant variables and relationships, plus make inferences and predictions on the basis of such data. In this course, you’ll sharpen your quantitative and analytical skills and acquire tools for interpreting data and making predictions.

Global Financial Management

Get a broad perspective on corporate finance, financial markets, portfolio diversification, and asset pricing in a global setting. You’ll examine bonds, stocks, derivative contracts, and capital budgeting techniques and be introduced to futures and options markets.

Foundations of Strategy

You’ll gain the tools and frameworks that managers, consultants, and analysts use to study competitive situations and make sound strategic decisions. Learn to evaluate markets and strategies, build and sustain a competitive advantage, and align the internal strategy of a firm with the external environment.

Decision Models

This course teaches you how to address complex problems by using formal modeling frameworks. You’ll focus on decision making under conditions of uncertainty and constrained resources, using analytical techniques such as decision analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, and optimization.

Marketing Management

You’ll gain a sophisticated understanding of the underlying forces that influence marketing decisions, including customer behavior, competitive marketing activity, and organizational considerations. You’ll leverage this understanding in developing optimal marketing plans for organizations.

Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting emphasizes the use of accounting information for internal purposes. The course covers the design of management accounting systems for planning and controlling operations and for motivating personnel. You’ll integrate accounting with ideas from microeconomics, data analysis, finance, and operations management and enhance your forecasting skills.

Operations Management

Operations management involves planning and controlling the complex processes used to produce the goods and services provided by an organization. This course covers production processes, process performance and improvement, inventory management, lean productions, quality management, and the strategic role of operations in the firm.

You’ll take four elective classes during two 1-week campus residencies in the final term. During this term your cohort expands to include Fuqua’s Weekend Executive MBA students. These new teammates will contribute expertise from different markets while expanding the scope of your professional network.

While elective courses will change from year to year, here are some of the topics that may be of interest to you.

Corporate Finance

This case-based course examines important issues in corporate finance from the perspective of managers who are responsible for making significant investment and financing decisions.

Corporate Restructuring

Built around valuation, governance, law, and associated strategic considerations, this course establishes frameworks and tools to consider healthy company valuation and restructuring, then emphasizes distressed restructuring and reorganization.

Emerging Markets Strategy

Countries in emerging markets have a growing commercial infrastructure (legal institutions, capital and labor markets, external supply chains, physical infrastructure) that makes them among the most dynamic economies in the world. This course explores strategies firms adopt to compete at home and abroad.

Energy, Markets & Innovation

Explore how ongoing changes in energy supply, demand, and technology are affecting energy markets and the businesses that operate within them. Gain an understanding of specific transformations, including shale gas and shale oil, renewable power generation, energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, and recent governmental regulations/incentives.

Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation-based Ventures

Evaluate considerations for starting a new venture, including market entry and the platform needed for growth. With innovation as a common source of competitive advantage, you’ll also examine the features of firms that make innovations profitable and how they protect their profits. While the focus will be on entry into innovation-intensive industries, this course provides tools and information essential to any entrepreneur.

Health Care Markets

Using tools from business and the social sciences, you’ll examine challenges faced by managers, patients, and policy makers in the health sector. The course aims for broad coverage of health care, including manufacturers and providers, but pays special attention to payers.


Develop an understanding of the institutional structure and fundamental concepts of asset valuation in financial markets, learning analytical tools to value different types of securities. You’ll explore the institutional background of security markets, concepts of market microstructure, and recent advances in asset pricing theory.

Market Intelligence

This course focuses on making decisions with marketing data. You’ll explore typical problems where insights prove useful, including new product introductions, customer retention, and pricing. Focusing on how to frame your decision and the information required to make it, you’ll learn how to acquire secondary and primary market research, judge the quality of your data, and interpret it.


This course explores the art and science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties, helping you to understand the theory and processes of negotiation while gaining skills through extensive case analysis, role playing, and simulation.

Supply Chain Management

Gain an understanding of the functional and strategic role of distribution in both the manufacturing and service industries. Learn to evaluate distribution strategies in terms of costs, service to customers, and competitive impact and to analyze the costs and benefits of cooperation and coordination between different firms in a supply chain.

Valuation & Fundamental Analysis

Explore the role of financial statement information in equity valuation using cases developed from actual financial statements. You’ll gain a strong theoretical and applied understanding of the equity valuation and stock selection approaches used by financial managers, investment professionals, securities analysts, and portfolio managers.

Venture Capital & Private Equity

Learn how financial, legal, and economic issues are addressed in financial contracts between venture capitalists and the firms in which they invest, with a focus on the perspective of the private equity investor, rather than the entrepreneur. You’ll understand how capital is provided to start-up firms in growing industries, as well as the ways private equity markets help established medium-sized firms grow and restructure.

This aspect of the curriculum connects residency experiences in each country to insights across all terms of your program. Delivered as a mixture of classroom instruction and one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, these courses help you understand the impact of culture and institutions on global business.

Global Markets and Institutions

You’ll consider institutional arrangements—for example, property rights laws and rules such as those of the World Trade Organization—which evolved to address problems that must be resolved if there is to be global commerce involving goods, services and financial capital. Global Markets and Institutions explores how the same problem is resolved in different ways around the world, and how and why a successful solution in one country may not be exportable with the same degree of success. The course uses case studies to illustrate institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including examples of rules such as institutionalized corruption and punitive tariffs that impede commerce. A central theme of the course is the evolving nature of global commercial institutions, which are changing partly in response to pressure from competing interests.

Leadership for the Global Executive

In organizations, leadership exists within both formal hierarchy and informal culture. It's more than a position or title—it involves a personal relationship, and it's a key element of successful coordinated action. To develop your leadership skills, like any skill set, you need opportunities for reflection, debate, and practice.

In Leadership for the Global Executive, you'll explore your own style, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as more general principles of effective leadership. The course also serves as a forum and focus for your development as an executive and as a person, building skills that will make you more effective in your professional and personal life. Our certified leadership coaches can assist you in clarifying your leadership challenges, so you can learn to improve.

Students with an interest in leadership coaching beyond the class curriculum will be able to expand the coaching relationship for an additional fee.

During each term of this multi-term course, you will focus on a different domain, or aspect, of leadership according to The Six Domains of Leadership model developed by Fuqua professors Allan Lind and Sim Sitkin: Responsible, Inspirational, Supportive, Personal, Relational, and Contextual.

Global Immersion

This course provides an opportunity to understand cultural, historical, and economic differences and similarities of various regions to better understand current day management challenges unique to running a global firm. In Global Immersion, you’ll consider implications of the historical events, cultural norms, economic conditions, and common business practices in the country or region you visit—helping you understand the competitive advantages, challenges, and synergies across regions. Dialogue with global business leaders and specific structured activities including cultural engagements, company visits, local interactions, and experiential assignments ensure you experience the region firsthand.

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Top Areas of Career Focus

Financial Services (20%)
Consulting (5%)
Sales/Business Development (5%)
Energy/Chemical/Gas (9%)
Marketing/PR/Advertising (6%)
Consumer Goods (3%)

Experiential Learning in the Global Executive MBA Program

See theory in action: experiential learning


Teaching Principles

Faculty collaborate in research and teaching across their disciplines to provide a more integrated learning experience. They are humble and believe they have much to learn as well as teach, so you’ll find that your professors embrace insights from your experience and the wider world.


Your professors will use the best mix of instructional methods for each course which may include cases, discussion, simulations, lecture, and experiences. All courses rely on discussion along with a combination of individual and team assignments.

  • Case studies analyze a business problem from a real-life scenario with imperfect data. Using what you learn in class and what you know from your collective team experience, you’ll recommend a solution.
  • Multi-view discussions result from the open classroom environment we foster. Faculty involve everyone—so you learn from your classmates and vice versa.
  • Lectures are used to efficiently communicate concrete concepts—perhaps how the weighted average cost of capital is calculated for a firm, or the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in evaluating compensation structures.
  • Interactive exercises are used for constructs that are best experienced rather than explained, in particular for courses focused on leadership and culture.

Honor Code

Fuqua is serious about ethical leadership, and we create a climate of integrity. All members of our community are governed by Fuqua's Honor Code. By electing to join our community, in turn you’ll be expected to abide by our standards of honesty and integrity.

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