Effective Date: August 1, 2017


Nicholas School Executive Education (NSEE) short courses are designed and developed as fee-based classes for non-matriculated professionals interested in continuing education opportunities through the Nicholas School. As of July 2017, NSEE courses are offered only as non-credit offerings; participants who successfully complete classes receive a Letter of Completion or Certificate of Completion.

MEM, MF and DEL-MEM Students

Degree-seeking students may take trainings/workshops offered through the Nicholas School’s Executive Education Program. However, please keep in mind that the trainings/workshops are not offered for course credit, which means participation in the course alone cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students may use the skills, techniques and knowledge acquired in the Exec Ed trainings/workshops to inform external for-credit projects and/or courses.

Payment is expected of all participants, including degree-seeking students. Duke University graduate and professional students may be eligible to have their course fee waived if the course does not fill with paying customers. Other associated costs (e.g. meals, travel) for the course will not be waived. Please email execed@nicholas.duke.edu prior to registering via the Executive Education website.



Registration priority is given to paying short course registrants regardless of student status. If Duke students are interested in NSEE short courses, they have two choices:

  1. add themselves to the list of interested Duke students and be registered on a space-available, instructor-permission basis before the start date of the course; or
  2. secure a spot by paying (either through personal or employer funds) for the space and registering as a regular course participant.

Since NSEE short courses consistently fill, if a Duke student is interested in a non-credit short course, the latter option provides a guarantee of participation and is recommended. MEM, MF, DEL-MEM, and other Duke students may be eligible to participate in NSEE courses only if 1) they meet course prerequisites, 2) space is available and 3) the instructor permits. Individual courses may cap total Duke student enrollment numbers; this is determined on a course-by-course basis. NSEE reserves the right to cancel any course due to low enrollment. It also reserves the right to assess a course fee, which may be in addition to regular Duke tuition, for some NSEE courses.

If multiple inquiries are received at one time, DEL-MEM students or second-year master’s students may be given priority. Otherwise, Duke students will be added to the course wait list and admitted to the course as space availability is confirmed. Interested students will be contacted in the order they were put on the wait list. Therefore, it is recommended that Duke Students register as soon as possible, to increase the likelihood of securing a seat in the course.

Duke students must maintain good academic standing in their other registered courses to be considered for participation in NSEE courses. Nicholas School administration reserves the right to deny participation in NSEE courses to any student who may be in jeopardy of falling behind in other degree-related obligations (Master’s Project, coursework, etc.). Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Executive Education Course Fees

Meals and/or travel to and from campus are not included in the fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Please see cancellation policy below.


Attendance during all course sessions is required. Courses may involve readings, group project work and presentations; as a result, attendance and participation are an important part of your grade and/or certificate of completion. NO exceptions will be made to this policy. By registering for a course, you are confirming your commitment to attend the entirety of the course.

Cancellation Policy

  • Duke students must follow the same cancellation policy as all participants, detailed here: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/execed/faqs/.
  • Cancellation of registration requires written notice 15 days prior to the course start date. Please submit the cancellation notice to execed@nicholas.duke.edu by 5:00 pm ET on the refund deadline date.
  • Individuals who do not attend or fail to send written notice prior to the deadline will be charged the full advertised fee for the course to their Bursar’s account.

If a course is canceled due to insufficient registration, Duke cannot be held responsible for travel or other costs or other arrangements made by students.


Short Course Registration Procedure

  1. To enquire about space availability, Duke students should email execed@nicholas.edu. When a Duke student is approved to take a NSEE short course, they must register via the Exec Ed website: https://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/execed/courses/. Click on the course that you’d like to register for and follow the directions, including directions to request a waiver of the course fee. NSEE will provide a promotion code if your request is approved, and you can enter this code when you register. Verbal or written inquiries without the registration form do not count as official registrations. Duke students must abide by the online registration and cancellation deadlines as set forth for all participants.
  2. Qualified DEL-MEM students who wish to add themselves to the list of interested students and be registered on a space-available basis must email a registration request to the DEL Program Coordinator at nicholas-admissions@duke.edu. In the email, indicate that you are a DEL-MEM student and the course you would like to take. You will be added to the course wait list in the order the request was received. Prior to the start date of the course, you’ll receive notice of space availability. For those wishing to secure a spot and register as a regular course participant, you must pay for the space and register as a regular course participant at: https://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/execed/courses/. Click on the course that you’d like to register for and follow the directions.
  3. If a Duke student does not complete the course or receives anything besides a passing grade (i.e. does not receive the minimum points required for course completion) he or she will be ineligible to enroll in any future NSEE short courses.


Short course – Course offered through the Nicholas School’s executive education program. Please note courses offered through NSEE partners may carry different registration policies.


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