MBA for Executives

How Darden's EMBA Gets You Ready

Darden’s innovative MBA for Executives allows experienced professionals to earn the Darden MBA while continuing to work full time. Here are a few of the many reasons why students choose Darden’s EMBA format:

You learn from the world’s top-ranked business school faculty.

In the Darden EMBA, you study with the same top-ranked, business-facing professors who teach in our full-time MBA, Global MBA for Executives and Executive Education formats.

Darden’s faculty is consistently ranked Top 10 by both The Princeton Review and the Financial Times. Just as important, Darden professors are also known for being highly accessible to students — serving as teachers, mentors, colleagues and friends long after graduation.

In the following video, Catherine Sewell, Darden Executive MBA student and pharmaceutical professional, talks about the skills and accessibility of Darden's faculty:

You gain an enterprise perspective with the Darden case method.

In contrast to a lecture-based approach to education, Darden’s case method will challenge you to discuss and debate real business problems and possible solutions. This method is the cornerstone of our executive MBA program. Not only will you acquire essential knowledge through this engaging interaction, you will also learn how to spark debate, establish a compelling point of view, persuade others and generate fresh ideas. 

And in Darden’s EMBA your classmates are experienced managers. Each of your classmates brings a unique perspective to the high-engagement case discussion.

The design of the curriculum also recognizes that most business challenges do not occur within a single functional area. To develop your enterprise perspective, a single class conversation is often guided by more than one professor, helping to illustrate how points of view between disciplines may interact and even conflict. This big-picture thinking is one reason the Financial Times named Darden the #1 business school in the world for general management.

Learn more about how the case method facilitates an enterprise perspective of business by watching the following video of Professor Paul Simko, Associate Dean of the Darden MBA for Executives program: 


You join a tight-knit community and create a network that lasts a lifetime.

The interactive nature of the case method, monthly on-Grounds residencies and highly accessible faculty all combine to foster an environment where you’ll develop close ties with your cohort of fellow students, as well as the faculty while completing your executive MBA. As a Darden graduate, you will then become part of our worldwide network of over 14,000 alumni, whose sense of commitment, camaraderie and connection is globally recognized.

Navdeep Martin, EMBA Class of 2013, shares how Darden cultivates a community of collaboration:

You gain immediate ROI for you and your employer.

There’s nothing hypothetical about what you will study during your Darden EMBA. After each session, you take away new ideas, information, approaches and skills that you can deploy immediately on the job — making you a more valuable and marketable business leader.

Additionally, you’ll benefit from resources specifically devoted to your career development including the “Professional Advancement” course, one-on-one leadership coaching and career counseling, workshops and more. And, as a Darden graduate, you will receive ongoing career services free of charge for life.

Watch the following video of Drew Holzwarth, MBA for Executives Class of 2009, who talks about the return on investment that he received throughout the EMBA program:

You stay connected to work and family while you complete your degree.

Maintaining balance between work, school and family is a critical consideration for any EMBA student, and the Darden program format is designed with this is mind. Students attend three-day residencies in Charlottesville about once a month and use distance learning in between. There are also four week-long residencies spread throughout the 21-month program, one of which is international.

In the following video, Christine Lau — a surgeon, wife, mother and Darden MBA for Executives Class of 2012 alumna — talks about her experience in the Executive MBA program:

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