Compare MBA Formats

  • The Darden School offers you an MBA program in three formats: MBA , MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA).

    In all three formats, you earn the same Darden MBA degree that is taught through the case method by our No. 1 ranked faculty (The Princeton Review and Financial Times). You study the same core curriculum — the primary differences are schedule and format, the ability to work full time while in school and the cohort experience level.

    To help choose the best MBA program for your goals, review the similarities and differences below. To learn more, you can request information, attend an event, or schedule a conversation about EMBA or GEMBA before you apply.

      MBA MBA for Executives Global MBA for Executives
    Length 21 months 21 months 21 months
    Format Combination of core and elective courses in Charlottesville, Virginia, with opportunities to study abroad. Combination of monthly weekend residencies in Charlottesville, Virginia, four one-week leadership residencies (one is international) and distance learning. Combination of six two-week residencies in China, Europe, India, Brazil and the United States and distance learning.
    Work while earning MBA? Summer internship only Work full time Work full time
    Preferred Years of Work Experience While we do not require full-time work experience, the range is usually between 2–7 years 7+ years 7+ years
    Class Profile
    Class Size 320 60 30
    Average Age 27 33 36
    Age Range 23–33 27–47 28–52
    GMAT 706 (average) 570-720 (middle 80%) 540-680 (middle 80%)
    Average Work Experience 4 years 10-13 years 10-13 years

    Unique Curriculum Attributes

    Global Opportunities

    Global Business Experiences in 10 countries

    Global Consulting Projects 

    Exchange Programs in 18 international cities

     

    A one-week residency outside of the United States (most recently in China)

    Optional Global Business Experiences in 10 countries if schedule permits

    Four two-week residencies outside of the United States (China, India, Brazil and Europe)

    Global Leadership Explorations in every term

     
    Concentrations offered Yes – view descriptions of the 11 concentrations No No
    Executive Leadership Coaching No Yes Yes
    Part Distance Learning No Yes Yes
    Housing and Meals Many students live just a short walk from the Darden Grounds in apartment complexes or in rental homes. Graduate student housing is also provided through the University. Students provide their own meals. During residencies, accommodations and meals are provided. During residencies, accommodations and meals are provided.
    Company Sponsorship Not required, but some companies sponsor students financially. A letter of company support (for time away from work) is required. Financial support from employer is optional. A letter of company support (for time away from work) is required. Financial support from employer is optional.

    Career Services

    Career Services Integrated Into the Curriculum? Yes – an optional Career Management course is integrated into the curriculum. Yes – a required Professional Advancement course is integrated into the curriculum. Yes – a required Professional Advancement course is integrated into the curriculum.
    Career Services
    • One-on-one career coaching with a functionally aligned career consultant and a Second Year student career coach
    • Career Discovery Forums
    • Tailored career management workshops
    • On-Grounds Networking Nights and Recruiting
    • Job Treks around the world
    • Access to student and alumni networks
    • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services
     
    • One-on-one career coaching with an executive career consultant
    • Tailored career management workshops/seminars
    • Access to on-Grounds recruiting where appropriate
    • Access to student and alumni networks
    • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services
     
    • One-on-one career coaching with an executive career consultant
    • Tailored career management workshops/seminars
    • Access to on-Grounds recruiting where appropriate
    • Access to student and alumni networks
    • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services
     

    Admissions/Financial Aid

    GMAT or GRE Required? Yes Yes. Some waivers are granted for applicants who have taken other graduate standardized tests and based on review of professional and academic credentials. Yes. Some waivers are granted for applicants who have taken other graduate standardized tests and based on review of professional and academic credentials.
    Interview Required? Yes, by invitation only. Yes, by invitation only. Yes, by invitation only.
    Tuition/Fees MBA Tuition & Fees EMBA Tuition & Fees GEMBA Tuition & Fees

    Learn More/Contact Information

    Website   MBA   MBA for Executives Global MBA for Executives
    Blog Darden Admissions & MBA Blog  Darden Executive MBA Blog Darden Executive MBA Blog
    Email Darden@darden.virginia.edu ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu
    Phone +1-434-924-7281 +1-434-243-3622 +1-434-243-3622
    Schedule a Conversation Not applicable Schedule a conversation Schedule a conversation