• What is the Future Year Admissions program?

    Darden’s future year admissions program is a deferred admissions program. Undergraduate and Fifth year Masters degree students in their final year can be admitted to Darden through the Future Year Admissions process, but will complete two, three, or four years of professional work experience prior to enrolling.

    Why Future Year?

    This program affords you the opportunity to earn an offer of admission to a top business school before beginning your professional career. With a future offer in hand, you may be willing to take even greater risks in your career after college, and you have the added bonus of not having to tackle the business school application process while working full time.

    Why the Darden MBA?

    Rather than lecture, our professors engage students in lively discussions using the case study method. Over the course of the MBA program, you will study more than 500 real-life business cases. Each case presents a set of decisions to be made, and you — as the decision-maker — must analyze the situation and express what you would do.

    Under the skillful direction of a faculty member, you will strengthen your communication and leadership skills by learning to make difficult decisions with limited information. You will learn to persuade and inspire others, reconcile differing viewpoints, prioritize objectives and capitalize on opportunities

    Who is eligible?

    All students graduating from an undergraduate institution with a bachelor's or 5th year master's degree between 1 September 2016 and August 2017 are eligible to apply for the Future Year Admissions program in this application round.

    What is the Admissions Committee looking for?

    We are looking for the same type of students we are looking for in our standard admission process, with the exception of professional work experience. We assess a future year student’s fit through their undergraduate transcripts, college extracurricular activities and internship experiences, essays, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores. Interviews are also an important part of the evaluation process and are offered by invitation only. 

    The University of Virginia Darden School of Business seeks a wide variety of abilities, work experiences and academic backgrounds among its MBA student body. Because no statistical analysis can accurately capture the unique individuals who comprise the Darden community, we invite you to learn more about our students and alumni online or by visiting grounds.

    Please note, the GRE or the GMAT is a requirement for admission to this program.

    When is the application deadline?

    The Future Year Admissions application deadline for the 2016-17 application cycle is 1 May 2017.

    Is there an application fee?

    The application fee is waived for all eligible future year applicants. To receive the application fee waiver, please enter the code "10069" on the Program Information page of our application.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at darden@virginia.edu.

    How do I learn more?

    We encourage you to learn more by starting a conversation with Katherine Alford at alfordk@darden.virginia.edu. You can also contact one of the FYA Student Ambassadors listed below, or download this program overview handout.

    Contact a Darden Student

    These current Darden students look forward to answering any questions you may have about the Darden experience!

    Yousaf Sajid - MBA '17

    Yousaf Sajid

    Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia – B.A. Cognitive Science 
    Contact: SajidY17@darden.virginia.edu

    "Coming from the nonprofit sector, I wanted a versatile graduate degree that would sharpen my technical skills, grow my leadership acumen, and be relevant in solving problems across both the business and public sectors."

    Maureen Keegan - MBA '17

    Maureen Keegan

    Undergraduate Degree: Boston College – B.A. International Studies
    Contact: Keeganm17@darden.virginia.edu

    "Through my professional experience after college, I found that business could be a powerful force for change. I saw an MBA as a perfect way to build the skills and gain experiences that would complement my background in the nonprofit sector and allow me to help for-profit companies looking to make a positive impact on society."