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Fuqua School of Business – Duke University - Executive MBA

Fuqua School of Business Executive MBA Program Structure

The Fuqua Business School offers two distinct EMBA offerings: the 18-month Global Executive MBA and the 19-month Weekend Executive MBA.

Both EMBAs are cohort-based programs that feature a general management curriculum, five concentrations and one certificate. The major difference between each program is the location of which the learning takes place, with members of the Global EMBA taking courses in Asian, Latin American, and European locations. The Weekend EMBA features an element of distance learning, with an option take take classes remotely or in person on alternating Saturdays.

Both programs feature distance learning periods between residencies.


Both EMBA programs offer the same curriculum, with major differences coming in the form of residencies. For the Global Executive MBA, the first and last residency is held at the main Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina. Typically international residencies take place in countries like Chile, China, India, Germany, and more. The Global EMBA covers 17 courses over six terms, which includes: 10 core curriculum courses, three multi-term courses, and four electives.

During the fifth term of both EMBA programs, each cohort combines, taking four electives for a two-week on-campus residency. An optional, three-credit Global Academic Travel Experience is offered to Weekend EMBA students, taken in part with Daytime MBA students.

Executive MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 6
• Financial Times: 25

Class Profile

Fuqua’s Global Executive MBA Class of 2019 features 94 students. An estimated 33 percent of the class is female, with 38 percent of students holding international citizenship. The age range for the class is 25-54, with 5-30 years of experience per student.

The Weekend EMBA Class is slightly larger than the Global alternative, with 131 students in the Class of 2019. About 25 percent of the class is female. The age range is 28-54-years old, and the work experience range is 5-27 years.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The current tuition for the Duke Fuqua Global EMBA program is $148,000, while the Weekend EMBA is $135,100. Each program has a $6,000 fee required before enrollment.

Tuition for these programs include books, lodging, and certain class materials, but not additional fees, travel expenses, visa expenses, vaccinations for travel, and the cost of personal internet service. Optional additional costs include a curated laptop, complete with software necessary for the program (an estimated $1,550). Concentrations are an additional $4,000.

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Federal and private loans are available for all students. U.S. military veterans and active members may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program to help fund their education.


In order to apply to the Duke Fuqua Executive MBA programs, applicants must submit:

• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• A resume
• Two letters of recommendation
• Two short-answer essays and one long-answer essay
• GMAT, GRE, or EA scores (Waivers available on a case-by-case basis)
• A nonrefundable $225 application fee

All applicants are subject to interviews before admission.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Global EMBA:

Round 5 – March 11, 2020

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