Go to school on your schedule

The online format and structure of the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program supports your role as a working professional with efficient learning that minimizes disruption to work and family. Each term combines a mix of self-paced course modules, real-time class meetings, and assignments—all delivered online through a user-friendly digital platform you can access from any connected device.

Live classes, once a week

Your data analytics program begins in August with a 2.5-day launch experience where you’ll meet your professors, network with classmates, and build relationships with the members of your learning team. This weekend residency requires you to be physically present on Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. From there, your program moves online. Over the next 12 months, you’ll work through course modules--including online readings and pre-recorded video lectures--on your own schedule, complete individual and team assignments, and join your class in real-time video classes each week.

After two terms, you may choose to return to Duke’s campus for an optional working professional leadership intensive. Held over a weekend, this in-person immersion helps you understand your leadership style, and provides guidance on developing solid, enduring leadership behaviors.

Collaborative environment

Fuqua’s difference comes from our supportive culture and collaborative environment. You’ll be working closely with other students who are working professionals with expertise in different functions and markets in this nurturing environment. Even in an online learning environment, you are never alone because of our unique collaborative and high-touch approach.

Our Faculty

As with our other programs, the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics program is taught by a team of world-renowned faculty—scholars recognized for excellence in their academic area and their research as well as their industry expertise, with a passion for teaching. Your professors are authorities in core business functions as well as in quantitative data analytics. They will challenge you with a rigorous curriculum and bring real-world insights that will give you new perspectives on your professional work. 

Classroom Dynamics

Professors foster active in-class debates that draw insights from the range of experience in your cohort, so class discussions engage professionals from different sectors. Our learning method draws from cases and exercises that challenge you to tackle issues from multiple perspectives and give you practice in structuring data science problems based on multiple sources of data, including big data, and presenting concise recommendations. The academic rigor and fast pace will ensure your time is well spent.

Your program will consist of 9 courses in data science, quantitative analytics methods, and their applications in specialized business contexts.

Each term will have a pre-reading period for you to prepare for the upcoming term. Your professors will give some reading or simple assignments to complete during the pre-reading period so you can hit the ground running once the term starts. You’ll have sufficient down time between terms and during holidays to re-energize.

Program Launch in Durham, NC (2.5 days)

Term 1 - Online (12 weeks)

  • Decision Models
  • Fraud Analytics
  • Programming for Data Analysis

Optional Data Visualization Intensive in Durham, NC (2.5 days)

Term 2 - Online (12 weeks)

  • Data Analytics and Applications
  • Empirical Analysis for Business Strategy
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Business Analytics

Optional Leadership Intensive in Durham, NC (2.5 days)

Term 3 - Online (12 weeks)

  • Advanced Data Analytics and Applications
  • Digital Marketing
  • Financial Risk Management
Sample Schedule

Saturday Class Schedule

(Wks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

Saturday Class Schedule

(Wks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

Programming for Data Analytics

9:30 -- 10:45 am

Fraud Analytics

9:30 -- 10:45 am


10:45 -- 11:00 am


Decision Models

11:00 am -- 12:15 pm



A one-week final exam period will follow the last class.

Between classes, you'll watch recorded lectures, read cases and/or textbook or other recommended materials, work on individual or team assignments, and prepare questions or discussion topics for the next live-virtual class. You will typically be given one course assignment (individual or team) after every class, due the next live virtual class day  or the subsequent Monday. Office hours are available for your professors throughout the term.


Digital Learning

Combining independent study, live classes and collaborative assignments, the Accelerated MSQM: Business Analytics curriculum is delivered in a sophisticated and user-friendly online learning environment. The online platform serves as a repository for self-study materials such as pre-recorded video lectures, readings, and interactive exercises. It also enables face-to-face interaction, discussion of business and analytics case elements, and debate of relevant data science topics with your classmates during live classes.

A balance of self-study and live classes

For each subject in the curriculum, you’ll work through a set of online course materials on your own schedule. In addition, you will attend live, 75-minute online class sessions with the rest of your class, during which your professor will give lectures,  conduct case discussions, or ask students to give presentations. The blend of the self-paced and live class elements of each online course provides you the flexibility to balance program requirements around your professional and personal commitments while still allowing you to develop and maintain close connections with other students and the faculty. While you should expect to spend at least 15-20 hours a week on your data science schoolwork, you can schedule these elements of your program around other obligations.

One Platform

Throughout the program, you’ll use your digital learning platform to:

  • Submit assignments
  • Download business-analytics course materials
  • Interact with classmates
  • Read class and team online bulletin boards
  • Take exams
  • Contribute to course discussion boards
  • Share documents

Print Calendar

Term 1 Fall 2023
Orientation August 25-27, 2023
Classes and Reading Period Begin August 29 - September 11, 2023
Classes September 12 - December 4, 2023
Final Exams December 2-11, 2023
Break December 12, 2023 - January 4, 2024


Term 2 Spring 2024
Classes and Reading Period Begin January 5-15, 2024
Classes January 16 - April 8, 2024
Final Exams April 6-15, 2024
Break April 16 - May 6, 2024


Term 3 Summer 2024
Classes and Reading Period Begins May 7-20, 2024
Leadership Intensive May 18-19, 2024
Classes May 21 - August 12, 2024
Final Exams August 10-19, 2024


* Each term includes a "reading period" for students to prepare for the upcoming term. Professors will provide reading and/or simple assignments to complete during the reading period so students hit the ground running once the term begins. 

Print Calendar

Term 1  Fall 2024
Classes via Asynchronous Learning Begin August 27 - September 9, 2024
Orientation  September 6-8, 2024
Classes via Synchronous Learning September 10 - December 2, 2024
  Odd Week Sessions September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 23, 2024
  Even Week Sessions September 21, October 5 & 19, November 2, 16 & 30, 2024
Final Exams November 30 - December 9, 2024
Break December 10, 2024 - January 6, 2025


Term 2  Spring 2025
Classes via Asynchronous Learning Begin January 7-20, 2025
Data Visualization Intensive January 11-12, 2025
Classes via Synchronous Learning January 21 - April 14, 2025
  Odd Week Sessions January 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 5, 2025
  Even Week Sessions February 1 & 15, March 1, 15 & 29, April 12, 2025
Final Exams April 12-21, 2025
Break April 22 - May 5, 2025


Term 3  Summer 2025
Leadership Intensive May 17-18, 2025
Classes via Asynchronous Learning Begin May 6-19, 2025
Classes via Synchronous Learning May 20 - August 11, 2025
  Odd Week Sessions May 24, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 2025
  Even Week Sessions May 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9, 2025
Final Exams August 9-18, 2025
Break August 19-25, 2025


* Each term includes a "reading period" for students to prepare for the upcoming term. Professors will provide reading and/or simple assignments to complete during the reading period so students hit the ground running once the term begins. 

Accelerated MSQM:BA Quick Facts

Start Date: August 2024
Duration: 12 months
Location: Online
Style: Self-paced with live class component
Curriculum: Business analytics​​​


"The Duke MQM and MSQM programs develop data analysts with broad business perspective, strong technical expertise, and a deep command of business communication. These are the kind of candidates that P&G and many other Fortune 100 companies seek out. The candidates' skill set applies to a wide range of functions and enables them to contribute at all levels within an organization." David Taylor, Executive Chairman, P&G

“The landscape has changed. The abundance of data and its applicability to an organization’s needs, and the advancement of communication and computational powers, have changed what data analytics can do for you. Here is a great opportunity to enhance your managerial toolkit to include what we believe are the skills that will be required of every successful modern manager.”

Saša Pekeč, Professor of Decision Sciences

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