How to Receive Support From Your Company

To help your company understand the benefits of earning an MBA from Darden — advantages that extend beyond your own professional development to concrete benefits for your employer — we recommend that you review the EMBA Sponsorship and GEMBA Sponsorship websites, where you’ll find resources including interviews with sponsors and students, specific advice on preparing your own proposal and more.

All Darden executive MBA students earn their MBA with the support of their employer. Financial support is optional, but the majority of EMBA students do receive either full or partial financial support from their employers. Darden has resources to help you as you seek the best possible “win-win” agreement with your organization.

Watch the video below for tips on how to receive support from your company:

Video: Advice on How to Obtain Support From Your Company

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Sisters Forge New Paths With Two Formats of U.Va.’s Darden School MBA

Elisabeth and Katie Wright are two sisters who both pursued their MBA degrees at Darden. The difference between them is that Elisabeth is a graduate of Darden’s MBA for Executives, while Katie will be graduating from Darden’s full-time MBA format in May.

Darden offers one MBA degree in three formats — the MBA, the MBA for Executives and the Global MBA Executives. The flexible format of Darden’s executive MBA enabled Elisabeth to continue working full time as she pursued her MBA degree and gave her the opportunity to switch companies upon graduation. Katie plans to embark on a new career in consulting this summer.

Learn more about Elisabeth and Katie’s unique experiences in the executive MBA and full-time MBA in the video below.

Sisters Forge New Paths With Two Formats of U.Va.’s Darden School MBA

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Start Learning From Our Faculty Today With Darden Ideas to Action

As a student in Darden’s executive MBA, you won’t wait until graduation to apply concepts and ideas from class to your job. As our students remind us, the saying about “learn it on Saturday, apply it on Monday” rings true and translates into an immediate return on investment for you and your employer.

You can start sampling the Darden faculty’s expertise by visiting Darden Ideas to Action. This new website shares practical business knowledge — research, analysis and commentary — from faculty of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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Executive MBA Events in April

It’s not too late to think about applying to Darden’s executive MBA formats: the MBA for Executives (EMBA) and the Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA). Applications are due on the 15th of each month, and the final deadline is on 15 June. Start your application.

The best way to learn more about Darden’s executive MBA formats is through visiting Darden and attending a class. We will be hosting several EMBA and GEMBA class visit opportunities throughout April. View our class visit schedule.

If you are interested in GEMBA, there will be a special Round Table Discussion and Class Visit event on Saturday, 19 April. At this event, 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

Register for the GEMBA Round Table Discussion and Class Visit.

Students and alumni consistently tell us that visiting Darden was critical to their executive MBA research process. We hope to see you at one of these events!

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GEMBA: Exploring International Business

Julien Menager (GEMBA Class of 2015) worked as a private banker for an international bank in Paris, France before starting his own business in consulting. In this video, he discusses the importance of understanding global business and how Darden’s Global MBA for Executives helps him further develop his skills in working across continents and cultures:

International Business in Darden’s Global Executive MBA


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The Enterprise Perspective in Darden’s Global Executive MBA

At the University of Virginia Darden School of Business’s Global MBA for Executives, students have the opportunity to study cases and learn from the faculty and their cohort — professionals who work in a wide range of industries around the world.

In the video below, Aaron Fernstrom (GEMBA Class of 2015) discusses how Darden’s case study environment impacts his role as a venture capitalist.

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Executive MBA Application: There’s Still Time to Apply

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! 

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Live Executive Education Webinars: Design Thinking and Leading Innovation

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.

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Ways to Connect With Darden Executive MBA Admissions

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 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.

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You’re Invited: Executive MBA Career Advancement Workshop in Arlington, VA

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.

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