Academics at Fuqua
What Fuqua Is Known For
General management. Fuqua first introduced concentrations in 2008, but unlike majors at some other business schools, Fuqua students are not required to declare a concentration. Students frequently earn multiple concentrations, as there are many overlapping required classes among them. While Fuqua is known as a general management program, the school’s marketing classes and professors rival those of other top schools, and therefore the marketing concentration is very popular. Finance classes and concentrations are also popular.
Diversity of instruction. As has become increasingly common among innovative business schools, Duke’s courses feature a blended teaching approach that includes an almost equal distribution of case studies, lectures, and team projects. Each class is typically more than two hours long, allowing ample time for a highly interactive case discussion, followed by a course lecture. Duke professors conduct leading research and are adept at integrating relevant and topical business issues into every class. Team projects are absolutely integral to each course, and select groups are called upon to present insights and strategic recommendations as a way to launch a class discussion. Class participation is expected and is a prominent grading criterion.
Experiential learning. While Duke’s experiential learning options may not feature as prominently as those of Ross or Tuck, it does offer numerous courses to help students apply the theory they learn in the classroom. These classes impart knowledge and experience by assisting real-world businesses in such areas as consulting, strategic planning, marketing strategy, and business plan development. Recently Fuqua introduced a global consulting practicum pairing teams of interested first year students with international clients to complete impactful semester-long projects. Faculty members guide and participate in strategy sessions with the students to reinforce the translation of academic concepts to practical solutions.
Global perspective. Global is a major MBA buzzword in this day and age, but few schools come close to the international emphasis and flavor that Fuqua offers. Each incoming MBA class begins with the Global Institute, a one-of-a-kind program that is held in the summer before the first year and that introduces students to the global business environment and the world economy structure. Students tackle current global business issues and are exposed to diverse backgrounds and perspectives while also gaining exposure to more traditional “orientation” concepts such as leadership and team building. Fuqua also offers study abroad programs and the increasingly popular Global Academic Travel Experience, or GATE, a course in which students study international business trends from select regions and then travel to designated locations for hands-on experience.