The application to join Darden’s full-time MBA Class of 2022 is now live!

We’ve also announced this year’s short essay questions, key application deadline dates and innovations at the School ahead of the 2019–20 academic year, including new tools for admitted students that will set them up for a successful transition from the working world to Darden, and from Darden to a purpose-driven career.

Application Deadlines

Darden offers four application rounds.

Early Action: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Round 1: Friday, 4 October 2019

Round 2: Monday, 6 January 2020

Round 3: Monday, 6 April 2020

The Early Action round is designed for candidates who know Darden is their school of choice and is not binding. Candidates who apply early action have the opportunity to schedule their interview on their own timeline and do not need to wait for an invitation. Once open interview slots are filled, interviews are by invitation.

New Resources for Admitted Students to Power Academic, Career Success

Prematriculation Programs: The School will once again offer Darden Before Darden to incoming students who may benefit from brief, intensive instruction prior to the start of the academic year. For the Class of 2022, Darden has enhanced its prematriculation resources for admitted students in several ways by offering:

  • Complimentary access to the math preparation resource MBA Math
  • Access to the online English language coaching program B-Speak! at a reduced fee
  • Access to Darden’s Career Development WhyFinding (CDWhy) program — a tool that will help students find their “why,” or their mission or personal challenge, and help them find an internship or job that plays to their strengths and offers the pathway to a lifetime of meaningful work

By the end of the CDWhy program, students will have learned how to articulate their purpose, explore MBA career pathways and understand how to build a robust recruiting presence.

STEM-Designated Specialization in Management Science: Darden students now have the opportunity to earn a specialization in management science, which builds on the required MBA core curriculum. The new specialization is STEM designated, which has added relevance for international students who want authorization to work in the U.S., as it may allow them to qualify for a STEM OPT extension of an additional 24 months to obtain an employer-sponsored visa.

Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities at the Darden School have increased dramatically in recent years, and the School offers more than 150 merit-based scholarships, most of which do not require an additional application for consideration.