Military Applicants


  • Darden is a top choice for MBA applicants with military experience. The School’s large and supportive military community, coupled with the highly experiential and leadership-driven environment, make Darden an ideal fit for active duty and veteran applicants.

    Learn more about Darden’s military community and below find important information on applying:

    Darden Student Veterans Benefit From Updates to the Post-9/11 GI Bill

    The GI Bill pays all public school in-state tuition and fees, including graduate programs. If you have questions about the GI Bill, you can either attend a veteran's benefits Q&A session during one of the fall open houses or contact the Office of Financial Aid by email.

    Darden is one of the few top ranked MBA programs in the country that is part of a public university and thereby able to accept the above updates to your GI Bill benefits. Visit Veterans Educational Benefits for more information.

    Jenifer-GuimondMilitary Scholarships

    Darden's success as a premier MBA program of choice for transitioning military veterans has continued to grow, and scholarships play a major role in attracting the best students. Recently, Darden added a new scholarship for incoming Marine Corps veterans. Darden also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Visit Veterans Education Benefits for more information.

    Application Fee Waivers

    The Darden School of Business is associated with the Military Consortium, an organization under the umbrella of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). As a result of the association, we waive the application fee for military persons. To receive the waiver, please enter the code "10019" on the Program Information page of our application.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at darden@virginia.edu, and for additional information about the consortium, visit the GMAC website.

    Attend a Darden Open House

    At each MBA Open House, you will have the opportunity to connect with military veterans in the Darden community. There will also be a Veteran’s Benefits Q&A session to give you a chance to get your questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veterans Educational Benefits answered.

    One-Year Deferment

    Darden will provide a one-year deferment if admitted military students’ plans are delayed by their service branch.

    Interview Schedule and Deployment

    Many of our military applicants are deployed during Darden's interview process. Please be assured that we are able to accommodate our deployed veterans who receive an interview request. We can Skype with you or have a phone conversation. We know your timing may not always fit the schedule we post, so please feel free contact us to discuss alternate times given your deployment schedule.

    Military Admissions Contact

    If you have any questions about the military community at Darden, feel free to contact Cheryl Jones, associate director of admissions.