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. Menu Immediate ROI Minimal Work Interruption Sponsoring Companies FAQs 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 residential MBA program.The time commitments for each executive MBA format are as follows:Executive MBA FormatAcross 21 months, EMBA students are required to attend: Monthly weekend residencies One week-long global residency Distance learning sessions between residenciesGlobal Executive MBA FormatAcross 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. AccentureAffinion GroupAlexandra Economic Development PartnershipAllied Waste IndustriesAltria Client ServicesAOL, LLCBAE SystemsBank of AmericaBearingPointBooz Allen HamiltonBureau of National AffairsCACI International Inc.Capital OneCapital One Financials IncCarilion Heath SystemCarMaxCelgene CorporationCenturyLinkCEXEC, Inc.Cisco Systems, Inc.Citrix Systems, Inc.Clark Realty Builders, LLCComputer Sciences Corp.Constellation Energy GroupCore Knowledge FoundationCorporate Executive BoardCowan & AssociatesCSX CorporationDaVita Inc.Deloitte Services LLPDepartment of Homeland Security, FEMADeutsche BankDiamond HealthcareDistrict of Columbia GovtDobro Media Inc. Dominion ResourcesDuPontE*TRADE FINANCIALExxonMobilFiltroil, Inc.Freddie MacGaffney Homes Inc.GEGeneral Dynamics CorporationGeneral Electric Fanuc Intelligent PlatformsGeneral MotorsGenworth FinancialGoodrich, Inc.Guidant CorporationHarman International Industries IncIBMInova Health SystemInterpretive SoftwareInvitrogen Corp.John C. Grimberg Co.Jones Lang LaSalleKeane Inc.Klockner Pentaplast ManTech Int'l Corp.Marriott Hotels & ResortsMcGuireWoods LLPMedImmune, Inc.Medtronic, Inc.Merck & Co., Inc.Morgan StanleyMunters CorporationMWVNorthrop Grumman CorporationNovartis PharmaceuticalsOpen Text CorporationPhilip Morris USARae Development CorpRaytheonRolls RoyceSafeco Corp.SAICSAP AmericaSapient CorporationShenandoah Life Insurance Co.Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationSimmons Bedding CoSmithfield PackingSNL Financial LCSpringfield Technology GroupSRA International, Inc.State Farm InsuranceStrategic Analysis, Inc.Strategic Staffing SolutionsSunTrustT. Rowe PriceTata Consultancy ServicesTeam Health Inc.The Boeing Company, Inc.The Heritage FoundationThe Monitor Group The Motley FoolThe Page Valley BankThe Washington PostTowers PerrinU.S. ArmyU.S. Coast GuardU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyU.S. Food & Drug/Drug Eval & RsrchU.S. Govt - Dept of LaborU.S. Marine CorpsU.S. NavyUnited States Attorney's Office for the District of ColumbiaUniversal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc.University of VirginiaUTCUVA Health SystemVerizon BusinessVITAWachoviaWetland Studies & SolutionsWhiteboard 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 MBAAcross 21 months, EMBA students are required to attend: Monthly weekend residencies One week-long global residency Distance learning sessions between residenciesGlobal Executive MBAAcross 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 residenciesWhy 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.