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MBA Credit for a Non-Darden Course

University of Virginia courses outside the Darden School are offered for credit to students under the following conditions:

  • The course is a graduate-level offering and has been approved by the Chair of the MBA Program Committee.
  • Degree credit will be given for no more than two courses (six hours) outside Darden. 
  • Preapproved non-Darden courses include: 
    • LAW 8658 Real Estate Transactions (3 credit hours - Law) 
    • SARC 5500-001 Special Topics: Water Sustainability (3 credit hours - Architecture - faculty: Peter Debaere) 

If the course you wish to take is not on the preapproved list, you may submit a request for MBA credit to be applied to the course. 

Process 

  1. Complete the Non-Darden Course Credit Request form and submit it as an attachment to the Darden Registrar's office. We will notify you of the decision.
  2. Contact the school offering the course to determine their process for registration.  
  3. Fill out a UVa Course Action form and ask the faculty member teaching the course to sign.  Once completed, bring the course action form and the accepted credit request form to the Darden Registrar's office (112B Saunders Hall) for processing.

Additional Rules and Regulations 

  • Dual degree students interested in taking outside courses should consult the SY Course Rules before proceeding.  Contact the Registrar's office for assistance.
  • Darden students cannot receive degree credit for Pass/Fail and/or Credit/No Credit courses. 
  • The school that offers the course determines the grading symbols that will be assigned to students. Darden grade symbols are different from those used at other schools. 
  • Students cannot graduate with an incomplete or missing grade. Spring Law School grades are normally not posted until mid-to-late June. See the Darden Registrar for more details.

Questions? E-mail dardenregistrar@darden.virginia.edu. 

Overload Requests

In rare, special circumstances, it may be possible to take more than 30 credit hours in the Second Year (SY). It is our experience that students taking an overload have difficulty finding the time and energy required to reap the full benefit of the program. However, there are situations in which a student's career plans make taking an overload desirable. Therefore, permission to take an overload may be granted on a limited basis to students with both compelling career-oriented reasons and the demonstrated ability to handle a heavier-than-recommended workload.  Note that if granted, overloads must be carried through Graduation.

Process

Submit an Overload Request form to the Darden Registrar's office.  We will notify you of the decision.

Rules and Regulations

  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 30 SY credit hours in order to request an overload.
  • The earliest a student can submit an overload request is 8:00 a.m. on the first day of classes for that particular quarter. Requests submitted before that date and time will not be considered.  The latest a student can submit an overload is 4:30 p.m. on the day of the drop/add deadline.
  • Students cannot submit an overload request if adding the course creates a schedule conflict.
  • Students will be manually enrolled in the overload course the day after the drop/add deadline for that particular quarter if there is capacity and will be notified when they have been added.  Students will be enrolled based on the time and date on the request.  If there are more students that want to take the course as an overload than there is capacity, the students will be enrolled based on the time and date of the submission.
  • Students are expected to attend the course they wish to take as an overload.
  • Student requests for more than 31.5 credits will be considered after those requests have been satisfied for that particular course.
  • Students who wish to request an overload for a January or March one-week course can do so the day after the drop/add deadline for the one-week course.
  • Students under the jurisdiction of the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) are not approved for overloads.

Darden Independent Study

A course of study for students with special interests, a Darden Independent Study (DIS) is conducted by students under the supervision of a Darden faculty member. As with all Darden electives, evaluation of student performance is expected to be based on written evidence of individual student accomplishments.

Before applying, please remember that DIS courses are Faculty Sponsored Electives (FSE).  For the Residential Program, at most, 7.5 credits of FSE courses can be applied toward Graduation.  For EMBA and GEMBA, at most 3.0 credits of FSE courses can be applied toward Graduation.  To find out what other courses are in the FSE area, go to the Course Directory and sort by Area Available - FSE. 

To request permission to take a DIS, complete the Darden Independent Study form. Submit completed forms (including the signature of the supervising faculty) to:

Once your proposal has been reviewed, you will be notified of the decision by email. 

Questions? E-mail dardenregistrar@darden.virginia.edu.

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