• The University of Virginia Darden School of Business executive MBA admissions application is considered complete when all of the following items have been submitted.

  • The online admissions  application includes core data about yourself, as well as an essay response and your résumé. The 2015-2016 executive MBA application essay is: 

    Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to this feedback. (500 words maximum)

    Application Fee

    There is a $250 application fee that is required to submit your online application.

    May I request an application fee waiver?

    The following are eligible for application fee waivers: Teach for America corps members and alumni (Code: 10029), Peace Corps volunteers (Code: 10039), Education Pioneers fellows (Code: 10049), Forté MBALaunch members (Code: 10059) and U.S. military members (Code: 10019). Citizens of countries on the UN's list of least developed countries also qualify for an application fee waiver (Code: 10089). If you qualify for a waiver, please use the appropriate code when prompted in the application. If you have further questions, please email us at

    You must submit the following supplemental materials with your application in order for it to be considered complete:


    We require two recommendations that address the questions asked on our online recommendation form. After you have contacted the recommenders about providing the recommendation, complete the form on the recommender's page of the online application. We will send them an email message with instructions and a web address to visit in order to complete your recommendation. We strongly advise that one letter come from your direct manager or supervisor.


    We require transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work completed. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts into your application. If you choose to accept an offer of admission from Darden, you will need to mail us an official transcript.

    Company Support Letter

    At a minimum, this letter from your employer should acknowledge:

    • Your interest in participating in the program
    • Its applicability to your career advancement
    • Your company's support of the time commitment required to participate

    The letter can include information on financial support being provided, although this is not required. This letter must be signed and submitted on company letterhead. You can view a sample company support letter to help you get started.

    GMAT or GRE Score

    Executive MBA applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), GRE or Executive Assessment (EA). The EA is a graduate admissions test developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) expressly for executive MBA applicants with the demands of executive MBA programs in mind. The EA requires less preparation time than the GMAT and can be taken in 90 minutes. Darden is pleased to be one of seven global business schools currently accepting the EA. Click the link here to learn more about the EA.

    You can self-report your unofficial GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test), GRE or EA score(s) on your online application. The Darden code for the Executive MBA program is KC7-OX-30. You may also email a copy of your unofficial score to

    If you have previously taken the GMAT or GRE but your score has expired, please contact us at to discuss further.

    Waiver Process

    In certain cases, a waiver of our standardized test requirement may be granted. Such cases include but are not limited to:

    • Preexisting standardized graduate admissions test. Examples of such tests include but are not limited to the LSAT, MCAT and PCAT;
    • Advanced degree in an analytic discipline; and
    • Quantitatively-oriented professional certification (for example, CFA, CPA, Series 7, Series 63, PMP). 

    To request a waiver, candidates should submit a waiver request form including the following materials:

    • A copy of their resume
    • Unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
    • A short statement outlining any aspects of their current work or background they feel are particularly relevant to the Admissions Committee’s consideration of their waiver request. 

    If you have any questions regarding our standardized test requirement, please feel free to contact us at

    English Language Test Score

    For candidates whose native language is not English, a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The TOEFL may be waived if you completed university study at a school in which English was the medium of instruction or if you have several years of professional experience in an environment where English was the language spoken and written. Requests for a waiver of the TOEFL can be made directly to the executive MBA program office.

    Qualified applicants will be invited to interview after their application has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required prior to acceptance into the program. All interviews are conducted by a members of the Admissions Committee. Candidates living in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds or in the Washington, D.C., area. Applicants living abroad are welcome to interview on the Darden Grounds, but are not expected to do so. International interviews are conducted via Skype.