Practice makes perfect

Get beyond the classroom by learning from real-world situations. While coursework and team experience form the core of your program, you’ll also explore how the concepts you’re learning apply in the field. Whether you’re analyzing an industry problem for a case competition, discovering how a leading CEO thinks about analytics, or helping  a company leverage their data to solve a specific business problem, the MQM: Business Analytics program provides opportunities to ensure you learn from direct experience.

Case Studies

Case studies help you think about an analytics problem from various perspectives within an organization—often with incomplete information—in order to find a solution. Assigned as part of a course, you and your team will decide on the approach you will use to crack the case, identify useful insights from the data set, determine the most effective way to communicate your recommendations, and then present findings to your “client.”

Data Competitions

Participation in Fuqua Data Competitions allows you and your team to compete with other teams to find the best solution to a data analytics problem. You will present your results to a panel of judges who come from relevant industry positions, giving your team broad visibility. In addition to Fuqua competitions, there are numerous external competitions that are typically hosted by outside organizations and enable you to put your skills into practice to win prizes or bragging rights. One example is the ASA Datafest @ Duke, an annual competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association where teams tackle a large surprise dataset.

Industry Conferences 

A wide range of student clubs organize activities designed to help students in all programs dive deeper into industries like marketing, sustainability, finance, and health care. Conferences typically include keynotes and panel discussions with managers and executives from different companies, discussing issues in the field or emerging trends. These events provide many informal opportunities to engage with alumni and recruiters in the industry, along with formal networking receptions. You don’t need to be a member of the club to participate. Whether you’re exploring all options or pursuing a specific interest, conferences help build your professional knowledge.

Here are a few examples:



Our Distinguished Speakers Series, held on Fuqua’s campus in the U.S., has been running for more than 30 years. High-profile corporate executives share their personal and professional stories of how they’re actively changing the business world—and giving you an insider look at the industry or career issues they navigate.

Previous speakers include:

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains how to hire people who will focus on collaboration and deliver the "magic" that happens when great minds come together.
Distinguished Speakers Series

Sharing insights on leadership

Capstone team project
Cap Off Your Degree

Solve real-world business issues in your Capstone Project


Hands-On Experience

Learning Through Competing

MQM alum Jane Zeng with team members
Students used real analytics to compete in a data competition to solve a problem for Major League Baseball.
Master of Quantitative Management

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