The Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program offers students the best of two worlds. The core curriculum is delivered in English by The Fuqua School of Business’s top-ranked faculty at both Duke University in Durham, NC, and at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. In both locations, you’ll enjoy world-class educational facilities and rigorous, engaging business education.
Pursue a Hands-On Business Education with the MMS: Duke Kunshan Program
Duke Kunshan University is pioneering a new model of education, training students to rethink the boundaries of global business through active experiential learning for a business education like no other. From our team-based structure, which mimics a collaborative corporate environment, to our instructional design and advanced curriculum, we teach you how to not only thrive in but also help reinvent the business world.
Both inside and outside of the classroom, the MMS: Duke Kunshan program challenges students to become active thinkers, learners, teammates, and leaders. Create the business career you want using the valuable resources a Duke Kunshan University business education has to offer.
MMS: Duke Kunshan Academic Courses & Curriculum
The business world is booming, and you have 10 months to prepare. Beginning in July each year and running through mid-May, the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program is organized into multiple 6- and 2-week terms, with a total of 15 courses. All courses are conducted in English, and Mandarin proficiency is not needed to attend the MMS: Duke Kunshan program. The streamlined MMS: Duke Kunshan curriculum and course structure is designed to immerse you in business as quickly as possible, without sacrificing substance and quality.
MMS: Duke Kunshan classes give you the tools, framework, and vocabulary you need to enter the world of business with a solid foundation. Our extensive curriculum features quantitatively rigorous courses, as well as thought-provoking classes that challenge you to apply course material to the real-world business. This combination of courses challenges students to apply their previous knowledge and strong business education background in order to analytically, creatively and intelligently find solutions to complex problems.
Below are descriptions of the courses you will take throughout the MMS: Duke Kunshan program. Please note that the actual course sequence is subject to change from one academic year to the next.
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Business Communication I
Quantitative Business Analysis
Fundamentals of Business Economics
Introduction to Marketing Analysis
Foundations of Capital Markets
Principles of Strategy
Foundations of Corporate Finance
Fundamentals of Market Intelligence
Principles of Cost & Managerial Accounting
Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis
Foundations of Management & Organizations
Fundamentals of Financial Analysis
Introduction to Operations & Supply Chain Management
Business Communications II
Career Exploration Trips & Corporate Visits
On career exploration trips, you’ll have the opportunity to visit companies in China to meet with executives and Duke University alumni and learn about potential employment opportunities.
Corporate visits involve on-site meetings with executives, discussing everything from entry-level employment opportunities to in-depth processes and challenges of specific industries and companies. Shanghai is conveniently accessible from Kunshan by high-speed train, so you'll have frequent opportunities to visit this city that is a popular destination for corporate headquarters of multinational companies.
MMS: Duke Kunshan Program Admissions Criteria
In order to apply for the MMS: Duke Kunshan program, at a minimum, you must have earned or expect to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time the program starts. Students from any academic background can apply. A typical MMS student has less than 2 years’ work experience. If you already have an MBA or equivalent, you are not eligible for the MMS: Duke Kunshan program. If you have more than 2 years of full-time, post-graduate work experience, please contact the admissions office to talk about how your unique situation fits our admissions criteria.
All applications are evaluated holistically based on multiple criteria. Outlined below are the ways in which we evaluate the components of applications to determine if students fit our selection criteria.
Academic Aptitude & Quantitative Proficiency
The MMS: Duke Kunshan academic environment is rigorous, fast-paced and requires strong quantitative and analytical skills. We utilize standardized test scores, transcripts, and any applicable work experience to ensure that our admitted students will be successful in the program. The Admissions Committee pays particular attention to the quantitative segment of your test score to ensure that you can handle the rigor of the program.
There are no prerequisite courses for the program, but if you do not have a strong quantitative background, we recommend that you take courses such as statistics, calculus or finance. This will provide another measure of your quantitative ability.
Professional Experience & Career Potential
Our admissions criteria does not indicate a required minimum work experience; however, you should have no more than two years of full-time, post-graduate work experience. We evaluate paid and unpaid work engagements — including volunteer positions, part-time work, student clubs and activities, and internships — to provide insight into your initiative, experience working in a team environment, and other skills that would translate well into potential career paths after the MMS: Duke Kunshan program. Reflect on your experiences and ensure that they are well-represented in your application. How have they helped you mature and develop leadership and teamwork skills? How will they enable you to be an active contributor to the learning environment? How will you leverage your experiences to achieve your career goals?
Applicants for whom English is a second language are encouraged to submit a score from an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE), but these scores are not required to complete your application. Visit the International Applicants page for further information.