Executive MBA

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Darden’s MBA for Executives students receive the same degree as the Full-Time MBA students receive: an MBA from the University of Virginia. The curriculum and academic schedule are designed for experienced managers who want to develop the business and leadership skills needed to advance their careers — all while continuing to work full time.

As a Darden student, you’ll benefit from the case method of instruction, which involves interactive discussions that capitalize on the experiences and perspectives of you, your classmates and Darden’s world-renowned faculty (ranked #1 by The Princeton Review and Financial Times). And you’ll have the added benefit of real-time ROI — applying concepts and…

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Darden’s MBA for Executives students receive the same degree as the Full-Time MBA students receive: an MBA from the University of Virginia. The curriculum and academic schedule are designed for experienced managers who want to develop the business and leadership skills needed to advance their careers — all while continuing to work full time.

As a Darden student, you’ll benefit from the case method of instruction, which involves interactive discussions that capitalize on the experiences and perspectives of you, your classmates and Darden’s world-renowned faculty (ranked #1 by The Princeton Review and Financial Times). And you’ll have the added benefit of real-time ROI — applying concepts and ideas from class immediately to your job.

We deliver an outstanding learning experience that strengthens your current professional performance and lays the groundwork for lifelong success.

Admissions Criteria

The MBA for Executives Admissions Committee reviews each application with an eye to the whole person. This includes your individual and unique backgrounds in these areas:

  • Professional: the breadth and depth of your professional background. Your level of management responsibilities (e.g., oversight of staff, budget, projects, operations, etc.), career progression and demonstrated leadership.
  • Intellectual: your potential to succeed academically as demonstrated through your undergraduate/graduate academic record, GMAT score, letters of recommendation and work experience.
  • Individual: the unique traits you will bring to the Darden learning community; your ability to work in a diverse group as part of a learning team; your leadership potential; your commitment to others (community service); your interpersonal communication skills, etc.

We also review carefully your company’s endorsement of the time commitment required to complete the program. The Admissions Committee seeks candidates who are considered high-potential leaders with a current professional development plan.

The MBA for Executives admissions application is considered complete when all of the following items have been submitted:

  • Online admissions application, including essays and résumé. The 2012-2013 EMBA application essay is as follows: 

Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. How did this experience change your perspective? (500 words maximum)

  • Recommendations. We require two recommendations that address the questions asked on our online recommendation form. After you have contacted the recommenders about providing the recommendation, complete the form on the recommender's page of the online application. They will be sent an e-mail message with instructions and a web address to visit in order to complete your recommendation. We strongly advise that one letter come from your direct manager or supervisor.
  • Transcript(s) for all undergraduate/graduate work completed. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) into your application. If you choose to accept an offer of admission from Darden, you will need to mail us an official transcript.
  • Company Support Letter from your employer. At a minimum, this letter should acknowledge your interest in participating in the program, its applicability to your career advancement and your company’s support of the time commitment required to participate. The letter can include information on financial support being provided, although this is not required. This letter must be signed and submitted on company letterhead. A sample of the letter can be found here.
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE. Please note that you can self-report your unofficial GMAT scores on your online application. The Darden code for the Executive MBA program is KC7-OX-30. You may also email a copy of your unofficial score to EMBA@darden.virginia.edu. As an alternative to the GMAT, a GRE score will also be accepted.

    In a very few exceptional cases, a waiver of the GMAT may be granted to candidates who hold an advanced degree in an analytic field. To request a waiver, please e-mail your résumé, academic transcripts and standardized test scores to EMBA@darden.virginia.edu.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for candidates whose native language is not English. The TOEFL may be waived if you completed university study at a school in which English was the medium of instruction or if you have several years of professional experience in an environment where English was the language spoken and written. Requests for a waiver of the TOEFL can be made directly to the MBA for Executives Program Office.
  • Admissions interview. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview after their application has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required prior to acceptance into the program. All interviews are conducted by a member(s) of the Admissions Committee. Candidates living in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds. Applicants living abroad are welcome to interview on the Darden Grounds, but are not expected to do so. International interviews are conducted via Skype.  

  • $215 application fee (submitted along with your online application). 

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