MBA for Executives

EMBA Format and Schedule

The Executive MBA format of the Darden MBA program is designed for professionals with demanding schedules. With the Darden EMBA, you’ll find there are significantly fewer trips away from home and office than you might expect — on average once a month. You have the flexibility to study on your own schedule between on-Grounds sessions, yet have sufficient time at Darden to establish a strong learning community and network.

The program utilizes a blended model of program delivery:

Monthly Weekend Residencies

You will typically come to Darden once a month for sessions that take place Thursday through Saturday. Action-oriented classes include case discussions, simulations, and individual and group presentations. Weekend residencies strengthen your learning community and cement the relationships among students, faculty and staff that are so important to the Darden experience.

Four One-Week Leadership Residencies

Throughout the course of 21 months, you will also participate in four weeklong leadership residencies — three of which take place at Darden and one at an international location. These intensive, experiential residencies provide new perspectives on the management challenges you face every day. You enhance your leadership skills through workshops, coaching and reflection.

Distance Learning

To maintain the intense pace of interaction and to stay in touch with the Darden community between residencies, you will use distance learning technology to interact with professors, hold virtual learning team meetings, work on team deliverables and submit exams. You can study online anywhere, anytime.

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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