Duke University

Fuqua School of Business

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business


2138 Campus Drive

Durham, NC 27708

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Management Studies (MMS): Foundations of Business

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Get ready to become the powerful combination of a passionate individual AND a practiced businessperson, ready to tackle today’s business problems. The Master of Management Studies (MMS): Foundations of Business program is where passion meets purpose, and where your career starts.

In less than a year, you'll be prepared to enter the field of finance, marketing, consulting, or general management. Your knowledge of the fundamentals of strategy, decision analysis, management, accounting, marketing, operations, and finance will make you more attractive to hiring managers and give you the skills to hit the ground running once you've landed a position.

The MMS program is designed for recent undergraduate and master's graduates with little to no work experience. Taught by the same world-class professors who teach our MBA students, the MMS program provides a jumpstart into the business world and a leg up on the graduating competition.

Program Format

The 10-month program begins in July and is divided into five six-week terms. You will take three courses per term for a total of 15 courses that span the functional areas of business. Each course meets twice a week for 2.25 hours.

To simulate today’s team-oriented corporate environment, the class is divided into two sections and then into smaller learning teams of 4 to 5 students. Each team is hand-picked to maximize diversity and the opportunity to learn from one another. At the end of Fall Term 1, you will be assigned a new section and team, further enhancing your academic experience.


Professors use real business cases as the basis for classroom discussion and team assignments. The case-based learning method challenges you to understand business problems from the corporate perspective. You'll use what you learn in class and what you know from your collective team experiences to recommend a solution. You’ll learn real-world lessons about making decisions with incomplete data and in times of uncertainty while learning about diverse industries, leadership challenges, and career options.

Co-Curricular Activities

Applying what you learn to real-world situations is essential to launching your career. Throughout the program, you will have many opportunities to tap into the business world while still learning the ropes at Fuqua. Engagement and experiential learning opportunities include: Case Study Events, Internships, Corporate Visits, Service Learning Trips, Distinguished Speaker Series, and Industry Conferences.

Career Planning

The career development process is just as important, rigorous, and immersive as the academic program. In fact, it’s so important that it’s not optional and many of the key elements of a successful job search strategy are taught in two Business Communication courses. Fuqua’s phased approach to career development includes facilitating self-discovery and self assessment, preparing for the job search, and finally, implementation. Beyond your courses, you will have access to a host of resources including career coaches, workshops, webinars, career fairs, recruiter events, library resources, and proprietary job databases. Plus, from the first day of your program, you will have access to Fuqua’s network of over 16,000 alumni, many of them eager to help with your job search.



International Student Requirements:

Apply by Round 3, TOEFL or IELTS or PTE, Recent Graduate, Online Application, Transcripts, Essays, Resume, Recommendation Letters, GMAT/GRE, Interview, Visa, $100 Application Fee (waivers available)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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