Here is the transcript from today’s weekly chat.
Question: I’m looking at the general MBA program but with a focus on social business & entrepreneurship. Are there such specializations or classes at Darden?
Answer: We are a general management MBA program, and there is a concentration in Entrepreneurship that you could consider. Here is a link with some additional information: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Entrepreneurship/Home/
We also have an i.Lab Incubator that provides faculty support, industry mentorship and $13,000 in funding for selected students to launch ventures at Darden. Darden offers more than 25 entrepreneurship electives, award over $1 million in entrepreneurship scholarships per year, and hold various entrepreneurship competitions throughout the year. Darden’s Batten Institute gives out 10 full scholarships to student entrepreneurs every year. Students can get involved in entrepreneurship as early as the summer before their First Year through our incubator program.
Question: Is the incubator a competitive process?
Answer: There is an application process for the incubator program. You can learn more about the application process here: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Entrepreneurship/Practicum/Incubator/
Question: I’m also very interested in the design thinking courses. Are they part of the Entrepreneurship program?
Answer: Yes, there are design thinking elective courses that you can select. One of our professors (Jeanne Liedka) is also teaching a Design Thinking course right now through Coursera as a MOOC. I’d encourage you to check it out.
Question: Does Darden allow flexibility in elective selection?
Answer: Yes, you can start choosing elective courses during the last term of your first year all the way through your second year. There are a variety of courses to choose from depending on your interests.
Question: Does Darden accept GMAT scores that are submitted after the application submission?
Answer: Yes. We will need a GRE or GMAT score to complete your application, but if you have an updated score after you have submitted your application we encourage you to send that to us and we can update this in your file.
Question: Do the recommendations need to be completed by the application deadline?
Answer: Yes, we do need to receive the recommendations by the application deadline. We encourage you to check in with your recommendation writers in advance of the deadline to make sure they are on track with submitting your letter in time.
Question: Are you still extending interview invitations to international students?
Answer: Thank you for your patience as we are still deep into our Round 1 review process. The majority of Round 1 interview invitations have now been sent, but please be aware that every year interview invitations are extended up until the decision release date of 17 December.
Question: Is there a separate application process for scholarships?
Answer: There is not a separate application process for scholarships. We have a committee that considers all applicants for scholarships. They are merit based. There will still be scholarships awarded during Round 2 and 3.
Question: Can I submit a recommendation letter in addition to the required two?
Answer: We will use the two letters of recommendation provided with your application in our review process. You are welcome to send through the additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to your file.
Question: I have already scheduled my GMAT and TOEFL test for March. Is it still possible for me to apply for Round 2, or should I consider applying in Round 3? Is there any difference in acceptance rates between rounds?
Answer: You will need to apply in Round 3 when you have scores available to complete your application. Our rates of acceptance vary each year during each round. Everyone should apply when they have their strongest application ready to submit.