Duke University is home to Fuqua School of Business which operates the university’s weekend MBA program. Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, which is the country’s most concentrated area for PhDs. The entire school currently enrolls approximately 1,300 students in their programs.
The Duke school of business formed in 1969 and was led by Thomas Keller, a Duke graduate. In 1953 a capital campaign raised over $24 million with $10 million coming from J.B. Fuqua. The school was renamed the Fuqua School of Business shortly thereafter in his honor.
Fuqua had an extensive relationship with the university that dated back to the times he would borrow books from the university’s library through the mail and have them sent to his home. Throughout his life he gave over $40 million to Duke and was also generous to many other academic institutions. Fuqua passed away in 2006.
The Fuqua School of Business is highly regarded as one of the nation’s premier research institutions. There are several research institutes that give weekend MBA students access to innovative and thought provoking material such as:
- Coach K Center for Leadership & Ethics (COAL) – This research center was formed as a collaborative partnership between Duke Athletics and Fuqua. The center is named after the famed Duke University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski who has led the Blue Devils men’s team to numerous NCAA Men’s Championships.
- Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) – This center provides research and development of entrepreneurial ventures that benefit social conditions and improvements to society.
- Duke Center for Shopper Insights – This particular research center focus on the study of consumer and shopper decision making and behavior. It helps to identify the factors that cause products and services to be in demand and attempts to generate those factors.
The Fuqua School of Business can virtually guarantee students will have illustrious and profitable careers should they graduate from the weekend MBA program. The school’s graduates achieve a top 12 salary ranking and are hired by many of the best firms in the world. Companies such as Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group actively recruit at the school multiple times per year.
According to several ranking organizations the weekend MBA program is ranked within the top 5 including U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, and BusinessWeek. The weekend MBA is a perennial top 10 program year after year.
The Weekend program is designed around six three months terms where students take a prescribed list of courses that includes 14 core classes and four electives. Students can select from a number of concentrations depending on their area of interest and career trajectory. The areas of concentration include:
- Energy and the environment
- Health Sector Management
The program’s curriculum is based on general management principles needed by top executives to manage and lead their firms in a global economy. Students are encouraged to learn from one another through discourse, debate and teamwork. The lectures are open and lively.
Lecturers and professors encourage students to be actively involved and use the Socratic method of instruction by calling on students to expound, defend or argue against materials being discussed in class. The Duke Weekend MBA program utilizes the case study method as a main pedagogy to help students develop critical analysis and analytical skills to solve real world business problems through robust analysis.
The average GMAT score for the Duke Weekend program is 640-650 with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.2. Students who work are eligible for the program and can sponsor themselves.