• At Darden, we believe that the best training for a global business leader is to put you in the shoes of current and past executives at real multi-national companies. In contrast to a lecture-based approach to education, Darden’s case method will challenge you to discuss and debate real business problems and possible solutions. Given a specific business challenge, what would you do, why would you do it and how would you persuade your classmates — who may approach issues from different cultural perspectives — to understand your point of view?

    Your ideas will be tested through open dialogue with your faculty, learning team and classmates. And in Darden’s Global MBA for Executives, your classmates will be experienced managers, who will all bring unique perspectives to the high-engagement case discussion.

    Darden’s MBA curriculum also uses:

    • Business simulations
    • Feedback sessions
    • Carefully selected readings
    • Videos
    • Peer-mentoring
    • Role playing
    • Coaching sessions

    These approaches will help you develop into an agile decision-maker with an international, enterprise-wide perspective.

    If you are able to travel to Charlottesville or Washington, D.C., while class is in session, we encourage you to attend an Admissions event and visit a class, where you can experience the case method firsthand.

    Four-Step Learning Process

    Darden’s case method is based on a four-step learning process, which allows for complete understanding, integration and application of the materials.

    1. Individual Work: read and consider each case on your own.
    2. Team-Based Collaboration: Share your ideas with your learning team — the group of five or six peer managers with whom you’ll study.
    3. Class: Discuss the case during an online class meeting or residency class.
    4. Reflection/Application: Reflect on how your initial ideas changed as a result of the input from your learning team, class and professors. And after each class, you have the opportunity to apply these concepts on the job, creating real-time ROI for you and your employer.

    Case Method Videos

    Learning in the Case Method

    In this video, Mayra Rocha (GEMBA '15) talks about how the case method style of learning was what drew her to Darden.

    Student Perspective on the Case Method

    Tahmina Nurova, an international banking and finance expert and GEMBA student, discusses how Darden's case method is an effective approach to master new business methods and techniques:

    Benefits of the Case Method

    Professor S. Venkataraman talks about the benefits of using the case method in the Global MBA for Executives program.

    How Darden Teaches Quantitative Skills Through the Case Method

    Professor Robert Harris discusses how Darden's executive MBA formats teach quantitative skills through the case method:

    Why Cases?

    Professor Ken Eades talks about why the Darden School sees the case method as the best way to learn: