It’s not too late to apply to Darden’s Executive MBA (EMBA) or Global Executive MBA (GEMBA). Deadlines occur on the 15th of each month and decisions are released approximately 6 weeks later. While the last deadline to apply for studies beginning in August of 2014 is 15 June, we encourage you to apply early when there are more class seats and scholarships available.
The next deadline is on 15 March. Start your application today.
Each year, we have approximately 60 students enter the Executive MBA cohort and 30 students enter the Global Executive MBA cohort. Learn more about the EMBA and GEMBA Class of 2015’s profiles on our website.
We look forward to reading your application!
For more than 50 years, Darden has developed leaders and partnered with organizations to solve their toughest business challenges. Darden’s top-ranked professors are the world’s best teachers, who deliver a high-energy, transformational learning experience. They focus on you — the practitioner — and share with you the latest practical innovations you need to do business.
You’ll find the same faculty teaching in all three formats of our MBA degree: the full-time MBA, the MBA for Executives and the Global MBA for Executives. Their corporate connections and consulting assignments span the globe, and their innovative courses are based on real-world experience and new knowledge.
See our faculty in action by visiting an Executive MBA class in March. Darden is also offering two live webinars on Design Thinking and Leading Innovation. Attend these webinars to learn the latest research and best practices from Darden faculty:
Upcoming Live Webinars
27 February 2014: Design Thinking
Join Professor Jeanne Liedtka for a complimentary one-hour webinar on design thinking and what it can do for your business.
6 March 2014: Leading Innovation
Join Professor Jim Clawson and author Michael Gelb for a complimentary one-hour webinar on how to think like an innovator to outpace the competition.
There are many things to consider when applying to executive MBA programs — the school’s location, program schedule and fit with your professional goals are three concerns that we most often hear.
While we encourage you to learn more about Darden’s MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) through our website, we also offer the following opportunities to connect with us directly and get your questions answered:
Participate in a Weekly Chat
Each Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), prospective students can participate in an online chat with an Admissions Committee member. This is a great time to learn more about EMBA and GEMBA, as well as what makes Darden different from other Executive MBA programs. To participate in the chat, simply log into the chat at 12:30 p.m. on any Wednesday.
Schedule a Conversation
Do you have specific questions about the potential fit between your professional background, your goals and Darden’s executive MBA formats? You can schedule a one-on-one conversation with an admissions committee member by phone or Skype by emailing ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu. When requesting a conversation, you can also include your résumé to help us better understand your professional background.
Attend a Class Visit or Event in Your City
In March, you will have the chance to attend an executive MBA class at Darden and meet students, professors and Admissions staff members. Class visits are a great time to test drive the classroom environment and the commute to Charlottesville. Executive MBA students consistently tell us that visiting Darden was critical to their MBA research process. View our class visit schedule.
Can’t visit Charlottesville? Then we invite you to learn more about Darden by attending an event in your city or taking our virtual tour.
If you are interested in learning more about how Darden’s executive MBA formats — MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives — can help advance your career, we invite you to attend our Career Advancement Workshop, presented by the Darden Career Development Center and Alumni Career Services.
Darden Executive MBA Career Advancement Workshop (Arlington, VA)
Thursday, 27 February 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This workshop will be led by experienced career development counselors and you will:
- Experience some of the same hands-on tools and skills our career development counselors make available to the Darden School’s executive MBA students and alumni
- Learn why defining your leadership brand is essential to career advancement
- Discuss how to use this brand to project and connect — and how to begin leveraging these important tools
- Hear how the high-engagement classes at Darden— the only executive MBA program using the case study method — can help enhance your brand
As a student in Darden’s Executive MBA formats, you receive career services inside the classroom and out, and after graduation, like all Darden alumni, you benefit from complimentary career services for life.
Refreshments will be served. Spouses and guests are welcome. There is no charge to attend this event.
We hope you can join us for this professional development opportunity.
Students in Darden’s Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA formats are from regions all over the world. Current students are located in areas such as Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, France, Japan and Tajikistan.
Assistant Dean of Admissions Sara Neher recently spent some time in California meeting with current Darden Executive MBA students and alumni. In today’s video blog, she recounts her conversations with the executives and describes how they have leveraged Darden’s MBA to advance their careers globally.
Video Blog: Darden’s Executive MBA Network on the West Coast
Executive MBA applications are due on the 15th of each month. The final deadline for the executive MBA format is 15 June. Start your application today.
Darden’s Global MBA for Executives enables students to work full time while earning a global MBA degree. During the course of 21 months, students travel with their cohort and Darden’s top-ranked faculty to Brazil, France, Germany, China, India and the United States. The residencies combine case studies with company visits, guest speakers from multinational corporations and cultural experiences.
Learn more about the international residency experience in this video with Yiorgos Allayannis, Associate Dean for the Global Executive MBA:
GEMBA: An International MBA for Working Executives
Executive MBA class visit days provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Darden community during an On-Grounds Executive MBA Residency. During a class visit, you’ll be able to observe the case method in action during an actual MBA for Executives class at Darden. If your schedule allows, you are invited to learn more about the program over lunch with current executive MBA students, professors and staff.
The following Executive MBA class visit days are available in February and March:
Thursday, 6 February
Friday, 7 February
Thursday, 6 March
Friday, 7 March
View calendar for all upcoming events at Darden
Can’t visit on a weekday? Attend the Darden Executive MBA Open House on Saturday, 8 February. Learn more about the Open House on our website.
Are you thinking about pursuing your executive MBA this fall? Admissions Dean Sara Neher recently filmed the following video blog to outline the application process for those interested in Darden’s MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) formats. In this video, you will hear about upcoming executive MBA admissions events, the application timeline, scholarship availability and more.
Video Blog: Executive MBA Admissions at Darden
Classes for Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA begin in August each year. Applications to Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA are due on the 15th of each month, with the last application deadline on 15 June. We encourage you to apply early, as more seats and scholarships are available earlier in the year.
For more information on Darden’s executive MBA formats, please visit these pages on our website:
MBA for Executives
Global MBA for Executives
Throughout the next few weeks, Darden is traveling around the country to meet prospective MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives students.
These events are designed to introduce you to the Executive MBA formats at Darden. A member of the Admissions Committee will share perspectives about how the Darden case method, top-ranked faculty and tight-knit community prepare our students for any challenge.
Throughout these events, you will have the opportunity to speak personally and informally with Executive MBA students and alumni about their experiences at Darden and beyond.
You can view details on each event below. We will continue posting Executive MBA events as they are planned on our website.
Darden Executive MBA Events
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
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Throughout the year, Darden hosts Open Houses during our Executive MBA residencies to give prospective students a firsthand look at these formats: the MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA).
EMBA and GEMBA feature the same faculty, curriculum and case method experience as Darden’s full-time MBA format and they result in the same degree: a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia.
At the 8 February, Executive MBA Open House you’ll have the opportunity to experience a case method discussion, as taught by two members of Darden’s world-renowned faculty. Following class, you’ll enjoy remarks and Q & A with the Associate Deans for both EMBA and GEMBA. You’ll then lunch with current MBA for Executives students. After lunch, you’ll get your questions answered at an interactive panel discussion with leaders from Career Development, Financial Aid, Admissions and Operations. You’ll end the day with a tour of the Darden Grounds.
Students tell us that attending a Darden Open House was critical to their Executive MBA research process and to understanding what makes Darden different.
Your spouse or significant other is also welcome to attend. Prior to this event, registrants will be sent class preparation materials. Materials will be made available to late registrants upon check-in.
Register for the Darden Executive MBA Open House