Academics


BLUF: The following policies outline and define classroom expectations, academic requirements and resources for the Daytime MBA program. If you have questions about any of this information please contact the Office of Student Life (OSL).


Fuqua Bulletin

The Fuqua Bulletin is the official academic handbook within which you will find a complete list of academic policies, procedures and regulations.


Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is available here. You can also access the academic calendar in FuquaWorld: https://go.fuqua.duke.edu/data/fuquaworld/Student_Resources/academic_calendars.html.


Academic Resources & Support

During their time at Fuqua many students will utilize an academic resource of some kind for one, many or all of their classes. Below is a list of resources available to you. If you are confused about any topic, at any time, even on the very first day of class…..please reach out! You should also think of these academic resources as a mode of help instead of a sign of difficulty.

Teaching Assistants [TAs]: The TA’s are a resource to help you with your academic success. There is no cost to you to work with a TA and they can be tremendously helpful. They typically hold review sessions during the week and over the weekend. It is a good idea to get connected to your TA early in the semester if you are not familiar with the subject material as 1) you want to avoid falling too far behind; and 2) the TA supply is fixed and demand will rise as the semester progresses.

Professors: Of course the professors want you to do well in their class so if you don’t understand the material reach out to your professor and/or go see them during office hours.

Peers: Is there someone in your class that seems to be an expert on a topic that you are having trouble with? If so don’t be afraid to ask them for help > Team Fuqua!

Academic Fellows: These are SY students selected by faculty and their peers to assist all students in furthering learning objectives in each core course. This group of students also manages the TAs for all of the core classes.

The Office of Student Life: If you have tried the above resources and are still having trouble with class content please email the Office of Student Life so you can learn about other resources.


Classroom Norms

  • Promptness
    • Classes will start on time and end on time; breaks will end at the time specified. Students should be in their seats and prepared for class discussion before class starts and before the break ends.
    • Always bring your name tent.
    • Some classes have handouts and/or require you to turn in an assignment before class starts. You should arrive in time to pick up a handout at the front of the class or turn in an assignment. Don’t walk to the front once class has started.
    • If you arrive late, take a seat at the back of the classroom so as to avoid disturbing others. It is fine to move into a better seat at the break.
  • Courtesy – In General
    • Don’t leave the classroom while class is in session. Wait until a break or until class ends. If you are ill, or awaiting news because of a family emergency, let the instructor know before class and sit at the back of the classroom.
    • All electronic devices should be turned off during class. If you need to be in touch because of a family emergency, let the instructor know before class and keep your device on vibrate.
    • Eat before you come to class; beverages are okay.
    • Clean up after yourself and others.
  • Courtesy – Class Discussion
  • During the class discussion:
    • Listen carefully: to the professor, to your classmates.
    • Raise your hand when you want to speak and wait to be acknowledged by the professor.
    • Do not interrupt someone else who is speaking.
    • If someone else makes the comment you planned to make, put your hand down. Don’t repeat a comment someone else has already made.
    • Be respectful of others’ comments and ideas.
  • Preparedness
    • Come to class having completed all the assigned readings, cases and other assignments. A strategy to divide and conquer work within teams is inappropriate. All students should contribute to the work of the team and are expected to be able to explain and apply the nature of the analysis and outcome.
    • Bring all the necessary class materials with you to class including cases, readings and an extra copy of your assignment (if one is due).
    • Cold calls are fair game, though it is better if you initiate the discussion.


Course Overloads

Students who wish to take more than three 3-credit classes in a given term will need to request an overload from the Fuqua Registrars. Overloads of regular Fuqua courses are approved during the drop/add period at the beginning of each class session with the term. To request an overload, stop by the Fuqua Registrars’ Office (S09Q/S09R) or send an email request starting on the first day of classes. You cannot register for overloads on DukeHub.

The following courses are exceptions to this rule. If you want to use these courses as an overload, a Fuqua Registrar will add the course to your schedule. You do not have to wait until the first day of classes to request these overloads. However, you must still process through the Fuqua Registrars. DukeHub credit limits won’t allow you to register for overloads yourself.

  • Non-Fuqua classes at Duke and with Interinstitutional Partners
  • GATE (Global Academic Travel Experiences). There is a separate registration period for this course.
  • Independent Study
  • HLTHMGMT 716: Management of Health Systems and Policy (begins before term 3 starts)
  • MGMTCOM 573: Workshop in Managerial Improvisation. There is a separate registration period for this course.

It is also not necessary to request an overload for the following courses that will be added to your records after drop/add and once the faculty for the courses share the student rosters with the Fuqua Registrars:

  • FCCP (Fuqua Client Consulting Practicums)
  • Mentored Study
  • P4E/New Ventures

For additional Registration Policies, visit the Daytime Fuqua Registrars OrgSync Portal.


Course Packs and Pre-Assignments

BLUF: If you are registered for a class you will be charged for that course pack. Course packs are available to be picked up 2 days prior to the start of each term. You will also be able to access the course pack online. All pre-assignments will be made available online until the end of the second week of classes.

Pre-Assignments

All Pre-Assignments will be placed online until the end of the second week of classes. This measure is being taken during the drop/add period to help you make your final course decisions prior to picking up the assignment, and to allow you to view your assignment if you could not arrange to be on campus during regular distribution. You may only pick up a pre-assignment in the BMO if you are enrolled in or expect to add the class.

Pre-assignments will be available for pick up in the BMO Copy Center, located in Room A09 on the lower level of the Magat Academic Center, and accessible online in Fuqua World under key links during the following dates:

Academic Term Available beginning
Summer No pre-work
Fall 1 Thursday, August 22, 2019
Fall 2 Monday, October 14, 2019
Spring 1 Thursday, January 2, 2020
Spring 2 Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Course Packets

MBA Course Packets are distributed the first two days of each term from the BMO Copy Center, A09, located on the lower level of the Magat Academic Center and are available until the end of the second week of classes as follows:

Academic Term Available Beginning
Summer Monday, August 5, 2019
Fall 1 Thursday, September 5, 2019
Fall 2 Monday, October 28, 2019
Spring 1 Thursday, January 16, 2020
Spring 2 Monday, March 16, 2020

Course Packets – Digital Version

With the purchase of your Daytime MBA Course Pack, you will also receive information on how to access the corresponding online materials as follows:

  1. Open a Web browser and go to www.xanedu.com.
    • If you are a registered XanEdu userEnter your username and password to log in and access your “My XanEdu:” page.  Enter the 16-digit Packet Access Code (including the hyphens) found on the XanEdu form enclosed within your coursepack. Once you submit your access key, your course materials will appear in your “My Coursepacks” list.
    • If you are not a registered XanEdu user: You will need to register and create a user name and password.  Click the Register link under the “Students” heading at www.xanedu.com. Click the button labeled “Student Registration.” Complete the online registration form.  Enter the 16-digit Packet Access Code (including the hyphens) found on the XanEdu form enclosed within your coursepack.  Once you submit your access key, your course materials will appear in your “My Course Packs” list.
  2. To view your online course materials, simply highlight the course pack in your “My Course packs” list and click “View Selected Course pack.”

      Important things to know about the key and your digital Coursepack

  • You can enter the numeric key shown above only one time. If you have a problem or questions, call XanEdu Customer Service at 800-218-5971, Option 4, or email serv@xanedu.com.  Customer Service is available from 8am – 5pm (ET) Monday through Friday.
  • Access to your digital Coursepack cannot be resold. Once you enter the numeric key, only you can access the Coursepack.
  • You will have unlimited access to your digital Coursepack until whichever comes first:
    • Six months after the date of purchase, or
    • Two months after the last day of your course (as specified by your instructor).
  • You will only need to enter your access key one time. After it is used, you will be able to access your pack by going to xanedu.com and logging in with your username and password.

Course Pack and Pre-Assignment Payment Policies

ALL REGISTERED STUDENTS MUST BUY A COURSE PACK

After the Daytime MBA Drop/Add, the Building Management Office will run the sales summary report for each class to assure that all students enrolled for credit or audit have purchased the course pack. Any student enrolled in a course who has not purchased a course pack will be charged for the course pack, and then a course pack will be reserved for the student.

RETURN POLICY FOR MBA DAYTIME COURSE MATERIALS

A student may return a course pack for credit to their bursar’s account if they drop the course. The window for returning course packs will end the 2nd full week of classes.


Experiential Course Credit Limit

Students may take up to fifteen [15] credits across all experiential courses that can count towards graduation requirements (i.e., GATE, Mentored Study, FCCP [Fuqua Client Consulting Practicums], P4E [Programs for Entrepreneurs], ITA [Invention to Application] and Independent Study).

Any experiential credits in excess of 15 do not count towards the graduation requirement.


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Grade Review

Students who would like to request a grade review with a faculty member must follow the process outlined here.


Graduation & Program Continuation

BLUF: To graduate students need 1) 79 credits; 2) no more than the pre-determined strikes per term; 3) all core classes completed; and 4) a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

To graduate, Daytime MBA students must complete at least seventy-nine credits and have a GPA of at least 3.0. More information on graduation degree requirements can be found here.

Students may be dismissed from the program if they fail to make satisfactory progress to this goal. Satisfactory progress is defined by the following two criteria:

  1. Students must complete a minimum of forty-five credits in the first academic year of the program and seventy-nine credits by the end of the second academic year. Courses designated as required must be taken at the designated times unless the student has earned an exemption from the course, either by receiving an administrative exemption based on prior coursework or by passing an exemption exam.
  2. Students’ grades must exceed a minimum threshold defined by the following “strike system.” Students receive one strike for each F they earn and 0.5 strikes for each LP; these strikes accumulate through the program. If the total number of strikes received meets or exceeds the thresholds specified below, the student will be immediately dismissed from the program. The thresholds for dismissal vary by term as follows:

Threshold for Dismissal

Year/Term Strike Threshold
First Year – Summer 1 and Fall 1 1.5 Strikes
First Year – Fall 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2 2 Strikes
Second Year 2.5 Strikes
Thus, for example, a student who earns one F and one LP in Summer 1 and Fall 1 of the first year of the program will be dismissed. A student who earns one F in Summer 1 or Fall 1 and one LP later in the first year would not.

 

Students who are dismissed from the program may appeal their dismissal to the Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee will review the appeal and consider extenuating circumstances, if any. Appeals must be submitted in writing within two weeks of notification of dismissal.

Students who earn an F in a required course must retake and pass that course at Fuqua. Per University policy, Fs remain on the student’s transcript and figure into the GPA even after retaking the course. They also continue to count in the strike total.


Name Tents

Students receive a single laminated name tent at the beginning of each academic year. If you need to print a new name tent because your name has changed during the academic year or you lost your name tent and cannot locate it in the Lost & Found, you can print a replacement on FuquaWorld. To download the template, click “Academics”, and under the “Common Resources” menu click “Name Tent Template”. Simply type in your information, save the file and then send it to copy-bmo@fuqua.duke.edu. Once you submit the file to BMO, please allow a 24-hour turnaround time to have your new name tent printed and laminated. An email confirmation will be sent by the BMO to let you know when your new name tent is ready for pick up.


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To request a copy of your transcript or for degree verification, please visit the University Registrar web site.
Note: The Fuqua Registrars are NOT the University Registrars so they are not able to print official transcripts.