Darden Military Community & Resources

Darden Military Association Leadership, Class of 2011A Darden School of Business MBA coupled with military experience provides a competitive advantage in the business world. Darden is dedicated to the education of the whole person with the goal of enhancing and sharpening the wide range of transferable skills already finely honed in the military: leadership, discipline, decision making, teamwork and ethical behavior.

Students with military experience comprise between 7 – 9% of the incoming Darden class each year. Darden military veterans represent a pool that is rich in diversity — both in experiences and backgrounds — and they have made an impact as leaders both inside and outside of the classroom. Their leadership and management skills are highly valued, and the team-oriented, case method style of learning at Darden is a perfect fit for their skills.

Read Dean Robert F. Bruner's blog post, Generosity and Veteran's Day, for his reflections on military leadership and why "we actively seek excellent students from the ranks of the military." Military MBA also named the Darden School of Business one of the top 20 Best Value MBA Schools for Veterans Using the New GI Bill.

Darden Student Veterans Benefit From Updates to the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Effective on 1 August 2011, the GI Bill will now pay all public school in-state tuition and fees, including graduate programs. If you have questions about the GI Bill, you can either attend a veteran's benefits Q&A session during one of the fall open houses or contact the Office of Financial Aid by e-mail. 

The Darden School of Business is one of the few top ranked MBA programs in the country that is part of a public university and thereby able to benefit from the new update to the law. Visit Veterans Educational Benefits for more information. 

Contact Military Students & Alumni

Learn about the military community at Darden by contacting military students and alumni:

The Darden Military Association

The Darden Military Association (DMA) is an active and vibrant club. The mission of the DMA is to assist members in leveraging former and current military experiences to enhance career opportunities within the private sector, build esprit de corps and camaraderie within the Darden Community and host lively leisure events. The DMA hosts a monthly speaker series, numerous social events and opportunities for networking with alumni. DMA members also serve as mentors to incoming students.

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Military Consortium

Darden is associated with the Military Consortium, an organization under the umbrella of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Military Leadership Electives

The Darden School of Business recently created two new courses, specifically designed for students with a military background:

  • 8500E Military Leadership Laboratory (limited to active reservists)
  • 8500F Military Leadership Laboratory (limited to former military)

These courses, developed through the initiative of members of the Darden Military Association and a Darden professor, were created to provide seminars where veterans can share their leadership insights and develop ways to utilize them in a civilian career. The reservist course will be a real time survey of challenges faced by leading soldiers as reserve officers.

Jenifer Guimond (MBA '10)Military Scholarships

Darden's success as a premier MBA program of choice for transitioning military veterans has continued to grow, and scholarships play a major role in attracting the best students. Recently, Darden added a new scholarship for incoming Marine Corps veterans. Darden also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Visit Veterans Education Benefits for more information.

Attend a Darden Open House

At each MBA Open House, you will have the opportunity to connect with military veterans in the Darden community. There will also be a Veteran’s Benefits Q&A session to give you a chance to get your questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veterans Educational Benefits answered. 

Application Fee Waivers

Darden continues to waive the application fee for U.S. veterans with active duty service within the last three years. Please contact the Admissions Office at darden@virginia.edu to request an application fee waiver. We will respond to your request within 2 days.

Interview Schedule and Deployment

Many of our military applicants are deployed during Darden's interview process. Please be assured that we are able to accommodate our deployed veterans who receive an interview request — we can Skype with you or have a phone conversation.  We know your timing may not always fit the schedule we post, so please feel free contact us to discuss alternate times given your deployment schedule.

Military Admissions Contact

If you have any questions about the military community at Darden, feel free to contact Cheryl Jones, Associate Director of Admissions, at the e-mail address below.

Cheryl Jones
Associate Director of Admissions
JonesC@darden.virginia.edu