Attend a Class Visit in Charlottesville

You are invited to visit the Darden School of Business to learn more about the executive formats of the Darden MBA: the MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives. We hope that you will join us for a class visit this fall.

On a Class Visit Day you will:

  • Observe an MBA for Executives class led by a member of Darden’s top-ranked faculty
  • Have lunch with executive MBA students, professors and staff

We currently have dates available through December – including some Saturdays! For information on the classes offered and to register, please click on the links below:

 Thursday, 8 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Friday, 4 December 2015

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register soon.

Students and alumni consistently tell us that attending a Class Visit Day was critical to their MBA research process — and to discovering what Darden offers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Introducing the Executive MBA Video Blog

Brett Twitty, Director of Admissions for the Executive formats, is launching a video blog designed to cover topics relevant to prospective EMBA and GEMBA students.

Brett recently sat down with Sara Neher, Darden’s MBA Admissions Dean, to talk more about what you can expect to see in his videos. Watch his conversation with Sara below, and stay tuned for the first installment of the Executive MBA video blog.


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GEMBA: San Francisco Announced as New Residency Location

Over the course of their 21-month program, students in Darden’s Global MBA for Executives format (GEMBA) travel the globe: they attend six, two-week residencies in places like Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Paris and Mumbai, while taking distance learning classes in between each trip.  Through these residencies, the students are able to immerse themselves fully in the social, political and economic aspects of these cities, thus learning first-hand about the global economy and some of the world’s most dynamic markets.

Darden is pleased to announce that, starting in 2016, the final residency of GEMBA will include a week of experiential study in the San Francisco Bay Area. The week of courses and experiential programming throughout Silicon Valley will enable unmatched access and insight into the topics of entrepreneurship, technology and leading strategic change – all focuses of the final residency.

For more information and to read the full press release, please visit our website.

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Application for Executive Formats is Now Live

Darden is pleased to announce that the application for our Executive formats is now live for the Class of 2018! You will fill out the same application to apply for EMBA or GEMBA.

The Executive formats deadlines for the 2015-16 admissions cycle are:

Application Deadline Target Interview Dates Decisions Released 1st Deposit Due 2nd Deposit Due
2 Nov. 2015 12-13 Nov. 2015 30 Nov. 2015 18 Jan. 2016 1 Jun. 2016
2 Jan. 2016 7-8 Jan. 2016 29 Jan. 2016 26 Feb. 2016 1 Jun. 2016
2 Feb. 2016 4-5 Feb. 2016 29 Feb. 2016 28 Mar. 2016 1 Jun. 2016
2 Mar. 2016 17-18 Mar. 2016 31 Mar. 2016 26 Apr. 2016 1 Jun. 2016
2 Apr. 2016 7-8 Apr. 2016 29 Apr. 2016 30 May 2016
2 May 2016 5-6 May 2016 20 May 2016 6 Jun. 2016
2 Jun. 2016 3 Jun. 2016 17 Jun. 2016 1 Jul. 2016
2 Jul. 2016* 7–9 Jul. 2016 11 Jul. 2016 15 Jul. 2016


The target interview dates are included so that you can plan to participate in a class visit and interview on the same day. Decisions will be released four weeks after you submit your application.

Whether you are currently evaluating if an executive MBA is right for you or simply have questions about the application process, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. You can schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee by clicking here.

We look forward to getting to know you through the application process!

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Attend a GEMBA Roundtable on 22 August

Maybe you’ve thought about getting your MBA, but you don’t want to take two years off of work. Or maybe you’re feeling stuck in your career or company, and you want to see what an international perspective could bring to your work. If so, Darden’s Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) format might be the right fit for you. Continue reading

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For Admitted Students: Your Career Guide 101

This is the fourth and final post in a series for admitted students by the Career Development Center.

With Darden, you can achieve your career goals – whether you want to transition to a new career path, accelerate on your current path, or start a business. In fact, the majority of executive MBAs – more than 50% of students – advanced their careers prior to graduation, with several more reaching their goals shortly thereafter.

Your Career Guide 101 will support you in achieving your career goals. Consult the Guide for information about:

  • The MBA Job Market
  • The MBA Job Search
  • The MBA Student Perspective
  • A Checklist for Getting Started

Reading Your Career Guide 101 is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In previous blog posts, we have described three additional activities: (1) setting your expectations, (2) taking CareerLeader, and (3) crafting your resume.

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What to Expect From Your Learning Team

Peter Vanderloo, a 2012 graduate of Darden’s EMBA format, called learning teams “one of the most generous gifts an MBA experience can give you”. In a blog post for Poets & Quants, Peter reflects on how his learning team – composed of professionals with backgrounds in finance, medicine, law, IT and engineering – created an environment for “real world” learning that defined his time at Darden. His learning team was a “lifeboat,” a “brain trust,” a “network-within-a-network” and ultimately, a “friendship for life.”

That is lofty praise, but it is not unusual among Darden students. Learning teams are the foundation of the case study method that Darden is renowned for, and one of the most fundamental building blocks of our MBA experience. If you choose to join the Darden community, your learning team will play a defining role in your experience.

What to Expect:

  • A small, closely-knit team: Executive MBA students will be assigned learning teams of five to six peers and remain with the same team from the first leadership residency in August through the following March. At that point, teams are reshuffled to help keep perspectives fresh.
  • Careful selection: Our learning teams are not randomized. In his blog, Peter remarked, “Darden seems to have some secret sauce that it uses to combine the learning teams,” and we do indeed work very hard to make sure that each team is selected to represent outstanding leadership across a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Frequent meetings: Learning teams typically meet every evening during on-Grounds residencies and virtually 2-3 times per week. These meetings are not mandated by Darden. Each learning team is free to devise a schedule that works best for the group. Students typically prioritize weekly meetings because they derive great benefit from them.
  • Refreshing perspectives: Learning teams are not designed to be echo chambers. Your teammates will offer fresh perspectives stemming from different backgrounds, and this new information will often help you to think about a case or business problem from a different angle.
  • Consistent support: Your classmates want to see you succeed, and every year, we see students go out of their way to help others. If you find one class or subject more difficult, odds are someone on your learning team will excel in that class and be able to help you. Similarly, if you excel in a particular subject, you can help members of your learning team who might not take to it quite as naturally. This is the norm at Darden, both within learning teams and in the program as a whole.

For more information about learning teams in Darden’s executive formats, visit EMBA and GEMBA pages on our website. You can also read more about Peter Vanderloo’s personal experience at Darden in his many insightful blog posts for Poets & Quants.


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For Admitted Students: Craft Your MBA Resume

This is the third post in a series for admitted students by the Career Development Center. For the previous post, please click here

Revise your resume so that it sails through the arduous screening processes of selection software, recruiters, and hiring managers everywhere.

A winning resume speaks directly to your target audience, describing your most relevant achievements in a way that differentiates you from the crowd. A winning resume also follows a rigorous set of formatting guidelines for school consistency and recruiter convenience.

Format your resume according to the preferred Darden style.

Sound tricky? Darden offers a number of resources to help you get started. You can find that information on your Admitted Student Website (EMBA; GEMBA).

Crafting your resume is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the last activity: reading Your Career Guide 101.

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An Interview with Jeff Leopold, EMBA Career Advisor

Jeff Leopold is an associate director of Career Education and Advising at Darden and serves as a career advisor to EMBA students (he is also the mastermind behind the CDC career posts you’ve been reading). For more information about Jeff, you can read about his career and background.

If you could only offer one piece of career search advice to EMBAs, what would it be?

J.L.: Use your time in the EMBA program to learn and explore as much as you can, so that you can bring fresh insights back to your current job and create valuable connections for the future. Your classmates and professors will have so much to offer, so make sure that you take the time to learn as much as you can from them, explore different industries and careers and think carefully about how you want to advance your career.

What feedback have you received from companies and how can current EMBAs use that?

J.L.: Company representatives often tell us that they wish students had done a bit more research before talking with the company. Students should carefully research the needs, financials and culture of any company they are interested in and use that research to justify their interest. Students should also network with people working at companies of interest to learn more. Focus on conducting a diligent and targeted search, rather than simply contacting any company that slightly interests you.

What CDC resources should EMBAs know about?

J.L.:  I am fortunate to be surrounded by a team of truly talented and experienced career advisors, and I would encourage every EMBA to use our team as an honest and confidential resource for advancing career goals. We also offer Career Education resources tailored to EMBA students, with seminars focusing on various stages of the career search process.. EMBA students can also take advantage of many of the career fairs and interview forums that Darden participates in throughout the year, as well as student clubs and on-Grounds recruiting events in the fall of the program’s second year.

What are some of your favorite job search resources around the web?

J.L.:  LinkedIn is an incredible resource that is often underused. Make sure you profile is not just up-to-date, but compelling and indicative of who you are and where you want to go. Then, use LinkedIn to connect with Darden or U.Va. alumni, monitor companies of interest to you, and generally grow your network.

I would also suggest CareeerLeader as an excellent self-assessment tool (available to Darden students at a reduced price) and job forums such as Glassdoor or Vault for company research and background information.

What do you love most about your job?

J.L.:  I love helping students discover and achieve their career goals, and along the way, meeting some truly interesting people. Darden attracts talented, accomplished and driven students, and I really enjoy getting to know them.

Can you recommend a favorite Charlottesville spot?

J.L.:  I actually commute to Charlottesville from Richmond, VA, much like many EMBA students (though they often come from much further afield). So, that means that most of my Charlottesville dining experiences are in Darden’s own dining room, Abbott Hall. However, when I do make it out and about in Charlottesville, I enjoy getting a great hamburger at Boylan Heights, near the central University campus, and catching a U.Va. basketball game at John Paul Jones Arena. The team has gotten very good, and it’s always a packed house.

Any other parting advice?

J.L.:  One of the best things about Darden is the tremendous quality of its students, faculty and staff. It’s a first-class program that attracts first-class people, and I would advise to students be open to how being around such people can transform their career and their life.

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For Admitted Students: Validate Your Fit

This is the second post in a series for admitted students by the Career Development Center. For the first post, please click here.

Now is the time to explore your career goals, get smart about your skills and passions, and determine your post-MBA career path.

Are you a strong fit for:

  • Management Consulting;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Marketing;
  • Corporate Finance;
  • Or more than 25 additional MBA career paths?

Take CareerLeader today. The CareerLeader self-assessment identifies the career paths and work cultures which are best aligned with your interests, skills, and motivators.

  1. Go to and click “Sign in” in the top right corner.
  2. Under NEW USERS, enter your email address and the registration key (virginia-snapshot).
  3. Enter your contact information and billing information to purchase CareerLeader for a discounted rate of $30.
  4. Complete the assessment.

CareerLeader is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the next activity: formatting your resume.


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