MBA Program

The course of study for the Duke MBA can take many forms:  DaytimeGlobal Executive, Weekend Executive, Health Sector Management and Jointly with graduate programs in Medicine, Law, Environmental Management, Forestry, Public Policy and Nursing.


All Duke MBA students graduate well-equipped in financial skills and theory.  This is due to the talent and dedication of the Finance faculty and rigor of the courses.  It is also due to the many opportunities to engage with new empirical and theoretical knowledge as it emerges fresh from faculty research.

Within some of these program formats, MBA students can choose to concentrate in one of two areas of finance:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments

In doing so, the Duke MBA becomes a pathway to unique opportunities in finance-related positions at some of the top firms and consulting organizations.  Indeed, over 35% of all Duke MBA graduates accept jobs in finance-related positions.

Duke MBA students may also earn a Certificate of Excellence in Finance.


Finance is a sub-field of economics.  It deals with the allocation of wealth through time – the decisions about how much to consume today and how much to save or invest for consumption tomorrow.
Two basic disciplines comprise the field of finance:

  • Corporate Finance – This involves identifying optimal investment strategies for firms and how they should be financed.  Career paths include corporate finance, venture capital and real estate, and international finance.
  • Investments – This deals with the wide array of securities (stocks, bonds, options, etc.) and strategies for how investors can reach their goals.  Career paths include banking, investment management, and research, sales and trading.

A third, burgeoning area is Behavioral Finance, which incorporates theories and practices from psychology and the social sciences to consider the formation of expectations and investor behaviors.
Duke MBA students may concentrate in either Corporate Finance or Investments.
See the requirements and a listing and links to the specific courses.


All courses meet for 2 hours and 15 minutes, twice per week.  Each term is 6 weeks long, rather than quarters or semesters.  This is the same amount of time per term as other schools provide during a semester, but with added benefits:

  • Faculty can cover complex topics during a single session
  • Students can participate in simulations, case presentations, questions and discussion
  • Students can have meaningful interaction with visiting business leaders

Please see the complete listing of courses and their descriptions.

Student Clubs

Involvement in student clubs is an excellent way to enhance your MBA experience on many levels.  Network among peers, delve deeper into special areas of study and have fellowship while undergoing a rigorous course of study.
Some clubs related to finance:
  • Asset Management Club
  • Association of Women in Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club
  • European Business Club
  • Finance Club
  • International Business Club
  • Private Equity Club

See contact information and a complete listing of all Fuqua MBA Association club opportunities.