MBA for Executives

EMBA Distance Learning

Distance learning in Darden’s Executive MBA helps you maintain work life balance as you integrate EMBA into your professional and personal life. In between residencies,  these engaging online classes keep you connected with the academic experience as well as the Darden community.

What does distance learning include?

Approximately one-third of the Darden Executive MBA core curriculum is delivered via distance learning in the following ways:

Online MBA Classes

Like every aspect of the EMBA program, your online classes are high-engagement experiences. The Adobe Connect technology used in the program allows you to interact with your faculty and fellow classmates by sharing screens, writing in comments and questions in real time, and participating in the discussion by conference call. Because of the ease with which the interface allows you to share and analyze content and spreadsheets as a group, your professors often use online classes to focus on technical issues, allowing for a richer discussion when your class meets together on Grounds.

Recordings of online classes are also available for students who are not able to attend the live class sessions. Typically, distance learning MBA classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings (e.g. 7:30 - 9 p.m.).

Virtual Group Meetings

Prior to having an online MBA class with our faculty or submitting group course deliverables, you will meet virtually with your learning team to prepare the case, share perspectives and resolve questions. You and your learning teammates will determine when and how often you meet to prepare, but on average teams meet twice a week. The same software used for online classes is available at any time for group work and allows you to share documents and edit collaboratively.


Approximately a week after the last on-Grounds residency for a term, exams are posted to the Darden portal. You can download the course exam and take them anytime during the prescribed exam period.

Distancing Learning Video

Learn more by watching the following video of Professor Paul Simko who describes distance learning in Darden's executive-format MBA programs: 

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  • An MBA With a Convenient Schedule

    Asilia Dinkins

    "I chose Darden not only for its academics but also for its convenient schedule. Typically we come down for a residency on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. What I love about this is that it’s only one Saturday away from my family so it affords me the opportunity to go to my children’s sports or school events, while still being able to fulfill my dream of achieving an MBA." - Asilia Dinkins, EMBA Class of 2014