MBA for Executives

Executive MBA Application Requirements

The MBA for Executives admissions application is considered complete when all of the following items have been submitted:

Online Admissions Application

The online admissions application includes core data about yourself, as well as an essay response and your résumé. The 2014-2015 EMBA application essay is as follows:

Describe the most courageous professional decision you have made or most courageous action you have taken at work. What did you learn from that experience?
(500 words maximum)


We require two recommendations that address the questions asked on our online recommendation form. After you have contacted the recommenders about providing the recommendation, complete the form on the recommender's page of the online application. They will be sent an e-mail message with instructions and a web address to visit in order to complete your recommendation. We strongly advise that one letter come from your direct manager or supervisor.


We require transcript(s) for all undergraduate/graduate work completed. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) into your application. If you choose to accept an offer of admission from Darden, you will need to mail us an official transcript.

Company Support Letter

At a minimum, this letter from your employer should acknowledge your interest in participating in the program, its applicability to your career advancement and your company’s support of the time commitment required to participate. The letter can include information on financial support being provided, although this is not required. This letter must be signed and submitted on company letterhead. You can view a sample company support letter to help you get started.

GMAT or GRE Score

Please note that you can self-report your unofficial GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) scores on your online application. The Darden code for the Executive MBA program is KC7-OX-30. You may also email a copy of your unofficial score to As an alternative to the GMAT, a GRE score will also be accepted.

In a very few exceptional cases, a waiver of the GMAT may be granted to candidates who hold an advanced degree in an analytic field. To request a waiver, please e-mail your résumé, academic transcripts and standardized test scores to

Admissions Interview

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview after their application has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required prior to acceptance into the program. All interviews are conducted by a member(s) of the Admissions Committee. Candidates living in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds. Applicants living abroad are welcome to interview on the Darden Grounds, but are not expected to do so. International interviews are conducted via Skype.

Application Fee 

There is a $250 application fee that is required to submit your online application.

English Language Test Score 

For candidates whose native language is not English, a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The TOEFL may be waived if you completed university study at a school in which English was the medium of instruction or if you have several years of professional experience in an environment where English was the language spoken and written. Requests for a waiver of the TOEFL can be made directly to the MBA for Executives Program Office.

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