A Note on Application Requirements

For those of you working on your Round 2 application in advance of the 9 January deadline, we would like to remind you that Darden does not require an official transcript or an official copy of your GMAT or GRE score report in order to submit your application. Official copies will be required upon enrollment, but you may submit an unofficial copy in your application.

If you have other questions about requirements or are unsure of how to approach a section of the application, we encourage you to watch Admissions Dean Sara Neher’s application tips videos, which cover topics ranging from resumes to what to do after you submit your application. Still can’t find the answer? Email us.

We look forward to reading your applications!

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Darden’s Round 2 Application Deadline is Monday, 9 January 2017

Darden’s Round 2 Application for the Full-Time MBA program is due Monday, 9 January 2017.

For general questions about the application, please email darden@virginia.edu.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please first log out and then log back in and try again. If this does not work, please email admissionstechsupport@darden.virginia.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good luck to all of our Round 2 Applicants! We look forward to reading your applications.

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Meet Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA: Laura Pettus, GEMBA ’18

Much like our residential students, the students enrolled in the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers, goals, and interests. We have asked several of our EMBA and GEMBA students to answer a few questions about their MBA experiences, which we will post over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, and if you have any additional questions about our Executive Formats, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee.

GEMBA student Laura Pettus

 

Name: Laura M. Pettus
City: Washington, DC
Employer: U.S. Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Years of Experience: 15 years
Format/Section: GEMBA/Rosslyn

  1. What is your current job?
    I’m a Deputy Associate Administrator within the federal government. I have spent years establishing and managing programs dedicated to public safety communications and broadband. More recently, I’ve been focusing my time on managing the day-to-day operations of our division: supervising staff, leading hiring actions, managing contracts, and developing budgets.
  2. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?
    I am looking for a change outside of the federal government. Not knowing exactly what will be my next step, I wanted to get some additional business knowledge to help translate my federal experience to the private sector.
  3. Why did you choose Darden?
    I applied to several schools and ultimately it came down a decision between Darden and another school. The Darden location and format fit better with my work-life-school balance.
  4. What attracted you to the executive formats of the Darden MBA?
    Two things attracted me to the executive format. First, I’ve been working full-time for almost 20 years, and the thought of learning from other experienced executives was appealing to me. Second, after weighing the opportunity cost of exiting the workforce for two years, the math just didn’t work.
  5. What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far?
    My classmates are intelligent, diverse, engaging, and fun.  We bonded instantly and after only a week, I now have a whole new support system of people that will be on this journey with me.
  1. What are you most excited about accomplishing/doing during the program?  
    I’m really excited about the international travel of the GEMBA format and learning about business from a global, multi-cultural perspective with on-the-ground experiences.
  2. What advice do you have for prospective students?
    There is never going to be the ‘right time’ to work full-time and go to school full-time. The Executive MBA is a major commitment of time and money, but investing in yourself and in your growth are precious gifts.
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In Case You Missed It: Darden Admissions on Facebook Live

Last week, Darden Admissions caught up with three First Year students to chat about their Darden experience so far. If you missed us Live on Facebook, you can watch the video below.

We're chatting with three current MBA students about their Darden experiences so far and what advice they have to share with prospective students and applicants.

Posted by UVA Darden School of Business on Friday, December 9, 2016

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Meet Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA: Corbin Norman, GEMBA ’18

Much like our residential students, the students enrolled in the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers, goals, and interests. We have asked several of our EMBA and GEMBA students to answer a few questions about their MBA experiences, which we will post over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, and if you have any additional questions about our Executive Formats, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee.

Corbin Norman, GEMBA ’18

Name: Corbin Norman
City: Washington, District of Columbia
Employer: kweliTV, Inc.
Years of Experience: 6
Format/Section: GEMBA/Rosslyn

  1. What is your current job?

I am the Chief Marketing and Development Officer of kweliTV, an interactive, streaming platform dedicated to the stories, issues and culture of the global black community. kweliTV offer indie films, documentaries, web shows and news programming for the entire African Diaspora. I oversee all operational and strategic planning functions including sales and marketing, customer relations, partnerships, and management of marketing/communications/PR personnel.

  1. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

According to CB Insights’ data from 2010 on VC investments in the U.S., only 1 percent of VC-funded startup founders are black, whereas black people make up over 11 percent of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, 87 percent of VC backed founders are white and 83 percent of all founding teams of these companies are all white.  If the future of entrepreneurship is to be a culture of inclusion and diversity, then founders of color, specifically women, need access to capital. I want to change this paradigm and empower the very community that made me what I am today. An MBA will accelerate my progression as a serial entrepreneur and provide me the knowledge, skills, and network to launch a venture capital firm focusing on seed stage funding for black-founded startups in technology, healthcare and life sciences, and education in underserved communities around the world.

  1. Why did you choose Darden?

Ultimately, I came to Darden to receive the best education experience in the world. Over the past 6 years, I accumulated expertise in technology and operations but my knowledge gaps were in marketing, finance, and global economies. I felt the Darden MBA and more specifically the Case Method was the best way to fill those voids. With a Darden MBA, I will walk away with an enterprise perspective, global experiences, and access to valuable resources such as the Darden brand and alumni network, connections with world renowned faculty and the Batten Institute.

  1. What attracted you to the executive formats of the Darden MBA?

I could have not asked for a more convenient executive format than Darden’s Executive MBA formats in Charlottesville and Rosslyn. In addition, Darden’s ability to utilize the same core curriculum and faculty as the residential MBA program is really exciting. The initiation of the Rosslyn section is a game-changer and without a doubt enticed me more to choose Darden. The Friday, Saturday, Sunday format allows me to reduce the amount of time away from work while only expending 15 minutes to commute to Rosslyn for on-ground classes.

The integration of the core curriculum in the executive formats really provides a strong business foundation for those looking to learn leadership and management in a global context. The first on-ground residency (Leadership Residency 1 – LR1) was a great start to a 21-month journey because it really opened my eyes to a world where leading with an enterprise perspective is necessary.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far?

The diversity of my classmates is extraordinary. The differences not just in race, gender, color, nationality, etc. but the uniqueness of each classmates’ experiences, interests and attitudes is amazing. My classmates cut across many different age groups yet everyone is sharp, engaging, and very accomplished. An example of this uniqueness came during LR1 where the class participated in a discussion on how leveraging diversity in a global context give firms a competitive advantage. A respectful yet heated debate ensued; I was enlightened by my classmates’ views and opinions on the topic of diversity and how and why organizations should achieve diversity. To hear points of view from people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds provided level-setting for me and the entire cohort and carries over to my Learning Team and how we work with each other within this smaller group.

  1. What advice do you have for prospective students?

Your career, and ultimately your life, is a marathon, not a sprint. Focus on your needs professionally and personally. Where do you see yourself pre-MBA and post-MBA? Once you’ve identified this roadmap, how well does an MBA, specifically a Darden MBA, align to those needs and help you extract the most value during that journey?

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Meet Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA: Albert Mirzoyan, EMBA ’18

Much like our residential students, the students enrolled in the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers, goals, and interests. We have asked several of our EMBA and GEMBA students to answer a few questions about their MBA experiences, which we will post over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, and if you have any additional questions about our Executive Formats, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee.

Name: Albert Mirzoyan

EMBA student Albert Mirzoyan

City: Washington, DC
Employer: Corning, Inc.
Years of Experience: 7
Format/Section: CHO/EMBA

1. What is your current job?

Business Development for Corning, Inc.

2. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

I wanted an MBA for several reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to advance my career and I knew that there would be limitations for growth within my corporation without this degree. I also wanted to strengthen my business acumen in areas such as accounting, finance, corporate strategy, and analytics.

3. Why did you choose Darden?

The case method. In my opinion, it is simply the best way to learn and push yourself professionally and personally. Though it might be intimidating at first, I feel it is, by far, the most effective method of learning. Yet an effective case method would not be possible without a world class faculty and that is exactly what you get with Darden. Additionally, the Darden community has a way of making you feel at home and part of a very large family. As an example, I reached out to several alumni, via email, for program feedback and their own take on Darden. Out of the 7 inquires, 6 of them replied within a day with highly insightful advice and perspective. Prior to becoming a student, I was also invited to a dinner party where I had a chance to meet several alumni that provided another layer of perspective of what to anticipate and how to prepare for success in this program.

4. What attracted you to the executive formats of the Darden MBA?

The level of experience of the section along with the flexibility that the format offers. Classes with a seasoned group of students gives you a unique advantage to learn through their deep experience and knowledge. During the first leadership residency, it was captivating to hear perspectives on diverse issues such as ethics in business, leadership, accounting methodology, and financial reporting from an individual working as a Forensic Accountant at SEC, a physicist and a physician, to name just a few of the professions represented in the class.

As a full time employee, the executive formats were a perfect match for me because I do not have to pause my career. At this point, taking two years off to go back to school would cause me to lose some of the momentum, mentors, and opportunities I’ve been working towards at my current company. Additionally, I really liked that I would be able to apply everything I would learn in class to my day to day operations at work.

5. What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far?

The level of diversity in experience, job functions, accomplishments, and drive to make a difference in their companies as well as the world. A particular story that really stood out to me involved one of the students recalling his interview experience, which may I add, differed vastly from mine. Given his military background, he described how it was conducted in a tent via Skype during one of his missions while being deployed overseas, in what sounded like a fairly hostile environment. Another involved a cardiac surgeon recalling an emotional story that he experienced on the job. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity learn alongside attorneys, physicians, navy seals, consultants and a nuclear physicist.

6. What advice do you have for prospective students?

Really evaluate what you are looking to get out of your MBA experience. I found it helpful to list top 10 priorities that I needed in a program and compare it to a particular program I was considering. Make sure to talk it through with your partner/significant other and ensure they understand the time and commitment the program will take. You will spend, on average, 25-30 hours a week preparing for class on top of your full time job. As such, you need to be extremely open with those that are close to you so that they are not blindsided by the nature of this new commitment. You will need their full support and help over the next two years, so it’s important that they are fully onboard.

Time management is also critical and I highly recommend planning your week or even month ahead of time to ensure you carve out slots for those that are important in your life.

I encourage every prospective student to sit in on a class, talk to the admissions staff and current students. This is important because literature, websites, or any other type of reading only provides you a fraction of what this program entails. Prior to becoming a student, I was able to sit down with several alumni that gave me really great advice about the school and the community, further solidifying my desire to join Darden. Additionally, you might have an idea of what teaching via case method means, but it will never give you a full perspective if you don’t experience it for yourself. I thought I knew all there is to know about this type of teaching style until I actually sat on one of Professor Ron Wilcox’ marketing classes. It was transformative. In just 60 minutes, and not having read the case, I felt extremely captivated by the classroom discussion. Up to that point, I have never experienced a classroom that provided this type of excitement and interactivity while learning about very important business topics.

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Join Us: Darden Admissions on Facebook

Mark your calendar! Darden Admissions will be Live on Facebook tomorrow, 9 December at 12 noon EST.

Join us as we chat with three current students about their Darden experiences so far and what advice they have to share with prospective students and applicants.

Simply visit our Facebook page at noon tomorrow to join in. We will see you there!

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Join Darden Alumni at a Coffee Chat in Shanghai

Prospective students in Shanghai are invited to attend a coffee chat with local alumni to learn more about the Darden MBA. Whether you are working on your Round 2 application or just beginning your MBA research, this is a wonderful way to get to know Darden.

Darden School Coffee Chat
Saturday, 10 December from 2:30 to 5:00 PM
University of Virginia China Office
55 West Fuxing Road, Room 101
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031 China

There is no need to register in advance – simply show up to chat with alumni about the Darden MBA. We hope you’ll attend!

 

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B-School Panel Discussion in Herzelia

Members of Darden’s Israeli alumni chapter have teamed up with alumni from other top business schools to host an event for prospective MBA students on 29 December, 2016, in Herzelia.

Ilan Danieli (MBA ’00) and Shep Friedman (MBA ’13) will be speaking on a panel with other alumni from top-ranked US business schools such as Fuqua (Duke), Ross (Michigan), Kenan-Flagler (UNC), and Kellogg (Northwestern). Please join Ilan and Shep to learn more about the Darden experience.

For more information and to register please click here.

*This is not a Darden-sponsored event.

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Upcoming Executive Formats Deadline – 28 November

Our next application deadline for the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA is quickly approaching on Monday, 28 November. In the below video, Brett Twitty shares some resources to help you complete your application over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Watch: Executive Format Application Resources

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