Choose the Format of the Darden MBA That's Right For You

The Darden School offers you one top MBA program in three formats: MBA, MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA). In all three formats, you earn the same Darden MBA degree that is taught through the case method by Darden's #1 ranked faculty. In each format you study the same core curriculum — the primary differences are the schedule and format, the ability to work full time while in school, and the cohort experience level.

To help choose the best MBA program for your goals, review the similarities and differences below. To learn more, you can request information, attend an event, or schedule a conversation about EMBA or GEMBA before you apply.

MBA

MBA for Executives

Global MBA for Executives  

Length  

21 months

21 months

21 months

Format  

Combination of core and elective courses in Charlottesville, Virginia with opportunities to study abroad.

Combination of monthly weekend residencies in Charlottesville, Virginia; four one-week leadership residencies (one is international); and distance learning.

Combination of six two-week residencies in China, Europe, India, Brazil and the United States and distance learning.

Work while earning MBA? 

Summer internship only

Work full time

Work full time

Preferred Years of Work Experience

While we do not require full-time work experience, the range is usually between 2-7 years. 7+ years 7+ years

Class Profile  

     

Class Size

320

50-70

20-40

Average Age

27

33

36

Age Range 23-33 27-47 28-53

Average GMAT

706

650

629

Average Work Experience 4 years 10 years 13 years

Faculty 

Classes are taught by Darden’s #1 ranked faculty (The Princeton Review & Financial Times).

Classes are taught by Darden’s #1 ranked faculty (The Princeton Review & Financial Times).

Classes are taught by Darden’s #1 ranked faculty (The Princeton Review & Financial Times).

Unique Curriculum Attributes 

     

Case Method

Almost all classes are taught using the case method or a variation on the case method.

Almost all classes are taught using the case method or a variation on the case method.

Almost all classes are taught using the case method or a variation on the case method.

Learning Teams

All students are assigned to a learning team at the beginning of the program.

All students are assigned to a learning team at the beginning of the program.

All students are assigned to a learning team at the beginning of the program.

Global Opportunities

  • A one-week residency outside of the United States (most recently China)

Concentrations offered

Yes – view descriptions of the 11 concentrations

No

No

Ethics Course

Yes (required)

Yes (required)

Yes (required)

Leadership Course

Yes (required)

Yes (required)

Yes (required)

Entrepreneurship Courses

Yes (optional)

Yes (optional)

Yes (optional)

Executive Leadership Coaching

No

Yes

Yes

Part Distance Learning

No

Yes

Yes

Housing and Meals 

Many students live just a short walk from the Darden Grounds in apartment complexes or in rental homes. Graduate student housing is also provided through the University. View the UVA Graduate Guide for more information. Students provide their own meals.

During residencies, accommodations and meals are provided.

During residencies, accommodations and meals are provided.

Company Sponsorship 

Not required, but some companies sponsor students financially.

A letter of company support (for time away from work) is required. Financial support from employer is optional.

A letter of company support (for time away from work) is required. Financial support from employer is optional.

Career Services 

     

Career Services Integrated Into the Curriculum?

Yes – an optional Career Management course is integrated into the curriculum.

Yes – a required Professional Advancement course is integrated into the curriculum.

Yes – a required Professional Advancement course is integrated into the curriculum.

Career Services

  • One-on-one career coaching with a functionally-aligned career consultant and a Second Year student career coach
  • Career Discovery Forums
  • Tailored career management workshops
  • On-Grounds Networking Nights and Recruiting
  • Job Treks around the world
  • Access to student and alumni networks
  • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services
  • One-on-one career coaching with an executive career consultant
  • Tailored career management workshops/seminars
  • Access to On-Grounds recruiting where appropriate
  • Access to student and alumni networks
  • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services
  • One-on-one career coaching with an executive career consultant
  • Tailored career management workshops/seminars
  • Access to On-Grounds recruiting where appropriate
  • Access to student and alumni networks
  • Lifelong, complimentary alumni career services

Admissions/
Financial Aid 

     

GMAT or GRE Required?

Yes

Yes. Some waivers are granted for applicants who have taken other graduate standardized tests and based on review of professional and academic credentials.

Yes. Some waivers are granted for applicants who have taken other graduate standardized tests and based on review of professional and academic credentials.

Interview Required?

Yes, by invitation only

Yes, by invitation only

Yes, by invitation only

Tuition/Fees

MBA Tuition & Fees

EMBA Tuition & Fees

GEMBA Tuition & Fees

Learn More/
Contact Information

     

Website

www.darden.virginia.edu/MBA

www.darden.virginia.edu/EMBA/

www.darden.virginia.edu/GEMBA/

Blog

blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions

blogs.darden.virginia.edu/EMBA

blogs.darden.virginia.edu/EMBA  

E-Mail

Darden@darden.virginia.edu

MBAExec@darden.virginia.edu

GEMBA@darden.virginia.edu

Phone

+1-434-924-7281

+1-434-243-3622

+1-434-243-3622

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