An application to Darden's executive MBA requires a company support letter. This is the only sponsorship requirement that is mandatory for all students. Financial support is optional, though the majority of our executive MBA students do receive either full or partial financial support from their employers. A career development plan is also optional, but it is recommended to help you and your employer derive maximum benefit from your studies at Darden. Company Support Letter Required: To apply to the Darden executive MBA formats, you will need to submit a company support letter. The letter should: Indicate that the company is aware of your interest in applying to the program. The letter may also speak to the company’s belief in your strength as a high potential manager. Acknowledge the time commitment required to attend the required residencies. If applicable, indicate the level of financial support your employer will provide. This letter must be submitted on company letterhead with an original signature from your supervisor. The letter may be scanned and uploaded to your application as a PDF. View a sample company support letter. If you are self-employed, please submit a letter acknowledging the Darden's executive MBA format and noting that you have the time and resources necessary to complete the program. Financial Support Optional: Financial support is not required. However, but if you will receive financial support from your employer, then the company support letter should specify the level of support being provided. Financial support varies, but can include: Program tuition and fees (including travel to and from residencies) Complete tuition reimbursement Partial tuition contribution Career Development Plan Optional: We recommend that students entering the executive formats of Darden's MBA have a career development plan in place with their employer. This plan can help outline how the Darden MBA can lead to expanded responsibilities and opportunities within the organization both during the program and after its completion. It can also help employers develop a framework for sharing new ideas and lessons learned from the program back into the company. In addition, the plan can foster a sense of deepened and concrete understanding between the employer and the student.