For Companies

  • Company sponsorship in Darden’s executive MBA formats is a win-win for the student and the organization he or she serves. Learn more about the advantages an executive MBA can provide for your company by browsing the information below.

  • When your company sponsors a Darden student, you can expect concrete benefits that start early, permeate your organization and endure well beyond your employee's time in the program.

    Beginning with the very first class, Darden’s case method, top-ranked faculty and high-caliber students combine to offer your employee and your organization unique advantages. In Darden’s challenging and close-knit learning community, your employee is given access to the talents and perspectives of approximately 130 classmates — experienced managers from a broad spectrum of industries — as well as the insights and expertise of Darden professors.

    Each time your Darden student returns from class, he or she brings new knowledge, techniques and skills that can be applied on the job. We hear consistently from our students and their employers that over the course of the executive MBA program, the Darden student’s perspective noticeably broadens and their decision making moves toward outcomes that cut across functional silos and provide maximum benefit for the organization as a whole.

    As a sponsor you may be concerned about the time away from work that an executive MBA program requires. Darden’s innovative executive MBA formats minimize time away from both work and home, yet deliver the same rigor and relevance as our full-time MBA program.

    The time commitments for each executive MBA format are as follows:

    MBA for Executives Format

    Across 21 months, EMBA students are required to attend:

    • Monthly weekend residencies 
    • One week-long global residency
    • Distance learning sessions between residencies

    Global MBA for Executives Format

    Across 21 months, GEMBA students are required to attend:

    • Monthly weekend residencies (when not participating in a global residency)
    • Four week-long global residencies
    • Distance learning sessions between residencies

    The list below represents a selection of the hundreds of companies that have sponsored employee participation in the executive formats of Darden's MBA degree.

    When a company sponsors a student, it acknowledges the student’s leadership, the time commitment the program requires and — most importantly — the significant value that the executive MBA provides for student and employer alike.

    Affinion Group
    Alexandra Economic Development Partnership
    Allied Waste Industries
    Altria Client Services
    AOL, LLC
    BAE Systems
    Bank of America
    Booz Allen Hamilton
    Bureau of National Affairs
    CACI International Inc.
    Capital One
    Capital One Financials Inc
    Carilion Heath System
    Celgene Corporation
    CEXEC, Inc.
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Clark Realty Builders, LLC
    Computer Sciences Corp.
    Constellation Energy Group
    Core Knowledge Foundation
    Corporate Executive Board
    Cowan & Associates
    CSX Corporation
    DaVita Inc.
    Deloitte Services LLP
    Department of Homeland Security, FEMA
    Deutsche Bank
    Diamond Healthcare
    District of Columbia Govt
    Dobro Media Inc.
    Dominion Resources
    Filtroil, Inc.
    Freddie Mac
    Gaffney Homes Inc.
    General Dynamics Corporation
    General Electric Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
    General Motors
    Genworth Financial
    Goodrich, Inc.
    Guidant Corporation
    Harman International Industries Inc
    Inova Health System
    Interpretive Software
    Invitrogen Corp.
    John C. Grimberg Co.
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Keane Inc.
    Klockner Pentaplast
    ManTech Int'l Corp.
    Marriott Hotels & Resorts
    McGuireWoods LLP
    MedImmune, Inc.
    Medtronic, Inc.
    Merck & Co., Inc.
    Morgan Stanley
    Munters Corporation
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
    Open Text Corporation
    Philip Morris USA
    Rae Development Corp
    Rolls Royce
    Safeco Corp.
    SAP America
    Sapient Corporation
    Shenandoah Life Insurance Co.
    Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Simmons Bedding Co
    Smithfield Packing
    SNL Financial LC
    Springfield Technology Group
    SRA International, Inc.
    State Farm Insurance
    Strategic Analysis, Inc.
    Strategic Staffing Solutions
    T. Rowe Price
    Tata Consultancy Services
    Team Health Inc.
    The Boeing Company, Inc.
    The Heritage Foundation
    The Monitor Group
    The Motley Fool
    The Page Valley Bank
    The Washington Post
    Towers Perrin
    U.S. Army
    U.S. Coast Guard
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    U.S. Food & Drug/Drug Eval & Rsrch
    U.S. Govt - Dept of Labor
    U.S. Marine Corps
    U.S. Navy
    United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
    Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc.
    University of Virginia
    UVA Health System
    Verizon Business
    Wetland Studies & Solutions
    Whiteboard Entertainment

    What is required from a sponsor?

    A sponsoring employer must provide a letter of support recognizing that the student will be allowed to take time off from work to attend all residencies. Financial sponsorship is not required, but should be indicated in the same letter if applicable. See Sponsorship Requirements for a complete overview.

    Is full financial support required?

    No — full financial support is not required of a sponsoring organization, and the level of financial support does not influence the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of an application. The majority of Darden executive MBA students receive some level of financial support from their employers. Sponsoring a student financially sends a strong message to your employee that you are invested in his or her professional growth. Support at any level is valued by students. Some organizations cover tuition only, while others contribute a fixed amount. In some cases, students work out an agreement with their companies to consider financial sponsorship as part of a total compensation package.

    How much time away from work is required?

    The time commitment for each executive MBA format at Darden is as follows. When not in residency, students have approximately 15–20 hours of coursework per week:

    Executive MBA

    Across 21 months, EMBA students are required to attend:

    • Monthly weekend residencies
    • One week-long global residency
    • Distance learning sessions between residencies

    Global Executive MBA

    Across 21 months, GEMBA students are required to attend:

    • Monthly weekend residencies (when not participating in a global residency)
    • Four week-long global residencies
    • Distance learning sessions between residencies

    Why should I send an employee to Darden when there are other MBA programs that are closer and/or less expensive?

    There are many MBA and executive MBA program offerings around the world. From a sponsor’s point-of-view, Darden stands out for a few key reasons:

    • Students are taught by the #1 ranked business school faculty (The Princeton Review and Financial Times), leaders in business education and research who consult in the private and public domain. Our students find that the professors are highly accessible. Faculty are excited to teach and engage with our executive format students.
    • Students study through the Darden case method which emphasizes practical and applicable learning and encourages students to think about business problems from an enterprise perspective. Combined with Darden’s integrated general management curriculum, this approach gives you a manager who sees and responds to the big picture.
    • Darden's hybrid approach minimizes a student's time away from the office. Executive format students have residencies on average one weekend per month, compared to the two weekends or more of other programs.