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If you’re unsure which program is right for you, fill out our Client Interest Survey→ so our team can direct you to the best program for your needs.

Program overview

Master of Management Studies (MMS)Daytime MBAExecutive MBA (EMBA)
Program timelineNovember 2024-February 2025December 2024-April 2025Late January 2025-June 2025
Student work experienceAverage 14 monthsAverage 6 yearsAverage 11 years
Admin feeNo fee$1,000 to $10,000 depending on company size$1,000 to $10,000 depending on company size
Application deadlineSeptember 13September 13November 15
Application linkContact Fiona Behm at fiona.behm@duke.eduApply to Daytime MBAApply to Executive MBA
More informationMMS FCCP Program Overview ↓MBA FCCP Program Overview ↓EMBA FCCP Program Overview ↓

Application steps

  1. Select the FCCP program you’d like to apply to based on your project timeline, budget, and student profile preference.
  2. Complete an application to your preferred program by the application deadline. You’ll briefly describe your organization and the challenges you’re bringing to FCCP. Watch a video overview of the process here, or review our Application Guide ↓ for a preview of application questions.
  3. Once your application is submitted, the FCCP program office and student fellows will review your application thoroughly and follow up with specific questions before presenting your project to students.
  4. We’ll notify you of the outcome of the team-matching process, and if your project is successfully staffed with a team of Fuqua students, you’ll get an outline of the next steps to meeting your team and launching the project.

Frequently asked questions

Please get in touch with our office via our Client Interest Survey to help us better understand your business. We can review your business challenge or idea and assess alignment with one of our student programs.

We invite applications from organizations of all sizes with a compelling business challenge. Most FCCP clients are established businesses that have been operating for at least three years, have 25 or more full-time employees, and at least $1 million USD in revenue or operating budget. Historically, our clients have included large public companies, small businesses, startups and nonprofits.

Clients benefit the most from FCCP when they present our students with a compelling project. Business issues, challenges, or opportunities that would merit engaging a management consultant are more likely to stimulate student interest and result in recommendations of real value to your organization. Adequate internal support is also crucial. Clients tend to do well when they have a senior leader serving as a Project Sponsor and a junior or mid-level person that can serve as a day-to-day Project Lead.

Your team’s senior-level Project Sponsor will meet with students at four main points throughout the course: The project kickoff, the work scope review, the midpoint presentation, and the final presentation. Your organization’s designated Project Lead will also attend these meetings, along with meeting with students weekly throughout to provide input and resolve any outstanding items. Learn more in this video.

Sectors that tend to resonate with Fuqua students include Tech, Healthcare, Sports & Entertainment, Energy, and Social Impact & Sustainability, but this changes with every incoming class and with larger economic trends. International projects have historically been in strong demand. For more context on successful past engagements, explore Projects.

We welcome applicants to re-apply with a new project in the following year.

All engagements conducted under the FCCP are covered by our standard program confidentiality agreement. We request that no confidential information be released to the students, faculty or teaching assistants until all parties have signed this agreement. Learn more in this video.

For our Daytime and EMBA programs, the standard administrative fee is $10,000 per project, which helps cover a portion of our program operating costs. For nonprofits and small businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenue, the administrative fee is $1,000. We consider need-based grants, which you can request upon application. There is no fee for participating in the MMS program, and there is no fee to apply to any program. Learn more about our fees in this video.

Clients are only invoiced if they are successfully matched with a student team. There is no invoice for MMS student projects.