When is the Best Time to Pursue Your EMBA?

Work-life balance is an important concern for most executive MBA students. Darden’s MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives are designed to accommodate the schedules of professionals who work full time. With the combination of in-person residencies and distance learning classes, students are able to earn their MBA degree in two years without putting their careers on hold.

Several executive MBA students also intend on using their degree to switch careers. Watch the video below to hear First Year executive MBA student Michael Pereira’s thoughts about how to determine the right time to pursue your MBA:

Video: When is the Best Time to Pursue Your EMBA?

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Healthcare Means Business: A Darden EMBA Student Blog

First Year Executive MBA student Corey Feist is a healthcare attorney at the University of Virginia who decided to pursue his MBA after taking a custom Executive Education course with Darden Professor Elliott Weiss. Follow him on his journey as a student, a lawyer, a father and a husband on his blog, “Health Care Means Business“.

Read an excerpt from his blog below.

“While I considered a number of different schools, I landed on the MBA for Executives program at Darden ‘EMBA’ because of the school’s strong reputation and superb faculty. Throughout my career at UVA, I had been fortunate enough to participate in a number of leadership development courses taught by Darden faculty. In the fall of 2013, my company asked Professor Elliott Weiss to train our management team on Lean principles.

Ten minutes into Elliott’s presentation, I knew that Darden was the place I needed to be. The case method of learning was very familiar to me from law school and Elliott’s passion about his area of expertise was clear. Over the years of working with Darden faculty, this passion was a consistent part of the Darden brand.

In addition, the split between in-person and remote learning in the EMBA program fit my learning style. I just didn’t think I would be able to learn as well in a purely on-line curriculum.

So I took the plunge and I started the marathon surrounded by a team of supporters. I submitted my acceptance letter in the spring of 2014 and started to structure operations at work to support my time away. At home, Jennifer and I started setting aside date nights which we promised to keep during school as a way to remain connected.

I had done my research. I had a plan for work. I had a plan for home. My home plan started with a commitment to family and friends in my last summer of ‘freedom.’ My summer plan was going to launch me into school fresh and ready.”

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Darden Executive MBA Open House on Saturday, 8 November

You are invited to visit the Darden School of Business to learn more about our executive formats: MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives.

The open house and upcoming class visit days each provide opportunities for you to experience the case method in action, meet current students and faculty and learn more about what makes Darden unique. We hope you will join us!

Executive MBA Open House

Saturday, 8 November 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Charlottesville, VA
Register for the Open House

At the Open House on Saturday, 8 November you will:

  • Participate in a case method discussion led by members of Darden’s top-ranked faculty
  • Enjoy remarks and Q & A with Associate Deans for GEMBA and EMBA
  • Have lunch with current MBA for Executives students
  • Participate in a panel discussion with students, alumni and leaders from Career Development, Financial Aid and Admissions
  • Tour the Darden Grounds

We hope to see you soon!

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Working Professionals/Executive MBA Forum in Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in advancing your career and learning about the variety of Executive MBA program options available?

The Darden School of Business is pleased to partner with several business schools as well as Kaplan Test Prep for an admissions event in the Washington, D.C. area. We invite you to join us on 14 October to meet with admissions officers and alumni from top MBA programs to learn more about different MBA formats, admissions requirements, and unique program features.

Working Professionals/Executive MBA Forum

Sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Georgetown University
Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

REGISTER

Host Schools:
University of Virginia – Darden School of Business
Duke University—The Fuqua School of Business
Georgetown University—McDonough School of Business
New York University—Stern School of Business
University of North Carolina—Kenan Flagler Business School

We look forward to meeting you and sharing more about Darden’s executive MBA formats: MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives.  Please also note you are welcome to join us tomorrow evening for Darden’s Admissions and Alumni Networking Reception in Arlington. You can learn more and register on the event website.

Kind regards,
Darden Admissions

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Attend an Open House or 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.

Join us for an open house in November or a class visit this fall.

On Saturday, 8 November, you are invited to attend an open house in Charlottesville during which you will participate in an actual case discussion, have lunch with current executive MBA students and hear from senior leaders of the Darden School.  To learn more and to register, please visit the open house event website.

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

For information on the classes offered and to register, please click on the links below:

Thursday, 9 October

Friday, 10 October

Thursday, 6 November

Friday, 7 November

Thursday, 4 December

Friday, 5 December

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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Executive MBA Alumni Profile: April Jones (EMBA ’10), Director of Brand, Marketing & Communications, Deloitte AG

April Jones EMBA' 10 Director of Brand, Marketing & Communications, Deloitte AG

April Jones
EMBA’ 10

Darden’s MBA for Executives (EMBA) offers business leaders an opportunity to pursue an MBA degree without requiring extensive time off from work.  Students get to experience the world renowned Darden case method of teaching and are able to immediately apply what they learn to their company or organization.

In the following interview, April Jones (EMBA ’10) discusses her view of the Darden EMBA program, balancing work, school and family and how she was able to apply what she learned in the classroom to the workplace.

April is currently the director of brand, marketing & communications for Deloitte AG in Zurich, Switzerland.

Why did you decide to get your MBA?

I decided to get an MBA for a couple of reasons. I noticed that many of my colleagues at work either had their MBAs or were pursuing them. I’ve been able to advance pretty rapidly in my career with hard work and determination, but I feel that having an MBA from a top-ranked MBA program will be critical in order to help keep me competitive for future professional opportunities.

How did you come to choose Darden’s MBA for Executives program?

I chose Darden because of its reputation, case study method, professors and the flexibility of the program format. Darden was one of the few programs I found that seemed like it would actually fit with the demands of my career and life.

What was your favorite part of the Darden experience?

The people in the program — both professors and students — have been my favorite part of the Darden experience. The professors are knowledgeable and engaging. The experiences of the other students are a great supplement to our case study discussions. Plus, many of the other students have become great friends.

Can you describe how you apply what you’ve learn in the program back in the workplace?

For me, there are two different types of applications for knowledge gained in the program. One is tactical skills. In my case, this is building on my accounting and finance skills. The second aspect is more of a mindset change, I think this is especially applicable for information discussed in our leadership, ethics, communication, and decision analysis courses. The case studies and the class discussions expand your mind on how you think about things or approach situations in the workplace.

Across the entire EMBA industry, there are far fewer female students than male. What’s it like being one of the few women in the program?

My entire career has been in organizations where the number of men has greatly outnumbered the number of women, so the gender split in our class doesn’t seem unusual. Our class is about 25% female and I think we are a very impressive group and have an equal place at the table.

How do you balance work, study and life as you pursue your Executive MBA at Darden?

It is a challenge balancing it all, but there are a number of things that help me. First off, both my employer and my family and friends have been very supportive of my participation in the program. They understand that right now I might not be able to do all of the things that I did before I started at Darden.

The format of the program is also really helpful for managing all of my commitments. Our distance sessions are all recorded, so if I can’t make the scheduled day and time, I can re-watch them later.

Also, since we have the full schedule for all of our on grounds date for the entire program, I can plan work and personal obligations around those dates. Also, my learning team is terrific! We share the workload and work through assignments together, we also help each other out when a team member has a work or life demand that pulls their attention away from school.

Learn more about Darden’s alumni network on our website.

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EMBA Career Support: 5 Ways to Avoid Disappointment

Deciding which MBA program is right for you can be a challenging, thought-provoking process. It requires evaluating where you are in your career, where you hope to be in the future and if you can make the time to pursue an MBA.

The MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives formats at Darden are great options if you have over seven years of professional experience and wish to advance your career by moving up in your company, switching jobs or starting your own business.  It is important when choosing a program to ensure that the stated goals of the program serve to bring you closer to your personal career goals.

In his article, “EMBA Career Support: 5 Ways to Avoid Disappointment,” Daniel Szpiro draws from his 18 years of experience with Executive MBA programs to provide a list of career-related questions to ask business schools when searching for the right MBA program for you.

His five major points are as follows:

  • Match your career goals to the MBA program
  • Understand hiring practices
  • Do your homework
  • Use the services you are provided
  • Accept that you own your career

Read the full article for additional information on career management support and visit the EMBA Career Advancement page on the Darden website to learn about the career resources provided at Darden.

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GEMBA Round Table Discussion and Class Visit Day

On Saturday, 23 August, you are invited to a special Class Visit Day in Charlottesville. Hosted by the Darden School of Business, the day will provide an opportunity to learn about our Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) format, get answers to your questions, and find out more about what makes Darden unique.

Join us for this Class Visit Day and you will:

  • Observe a Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) class led by a member of Darden’s top-ranked faculty (Financial Times and The Princeton Review)
  • Meet current GEMBA students at lunch
  • Engage in a Round Table discussion with GEMBA staff and faculty members
  • Tour the Darden Grounds

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Round Table Discussion with Darden GEMBA staff and faculty

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with GEMBA Students

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Class Visit

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tour of the Darden Grounds

Register for the GEMBA Round Table Discussion and Class Visit. We hope to see you soon!

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G.I. Bill Benefits for Veterans in Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA

The cost of in-state and out-of-state tuition is the same in Darden’s executive MBA formats. Depending on your level of eligibility, your benefits may include:

  • Tuition & Fees: Payments made directly to the University toward in-state tuition & fees (fees for room and board, transportation, books, laptop and supplies are not covered).
  • Monthly Allowance for Housing: A monthly housing allowance (MHA) paid directly to benefits recipients based on the basic allowance for housing for an E-5 with dependents for the Charlottesville zip code (22903). The MHA for recipients who are 100% eligible for benefits is $1,365 for 2013. Active duty members and their spouses do not qualify for this benefit.
  • Book Stipend: An annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year paid directly to benefits recipients.

Eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Over 20% of the MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives class of 2015 had prior military experience. We encourage you to learn more about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits at Darden by watching MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher’s video blog below or by contacting us directly at ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu.

Video: G.I. Bill Benefits for Military Veterans at Darden

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Developing Leaders in Darden’s GEMBA

Darden’s executive formats teach working professionals skills that they can apply immediately in their jobs, including how to tackle issues from an enterprise perspective and how to develop leaders with a global mindset. In the video below, Dana McNamara (GEMBA ’14) discusses how Darden’s Global MBA for Executives impacted her role at Sands Capital Management.

Video: Developing Leaders in Darden’s Global MBA for Executives

Learn more about Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA.

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