A 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.
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.
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
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 &
Learn about the military community at Darden by
contacting military students and alumni:
The Darden Military Association
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.
Darden Military Videos
Military Veterans and Darden: A Perfect Fit
Ready to Transition From the Military to the Private
Balancing Family Life with Darden's MBA Program
Darden is associated
with the Military
Consortium, an organization under the umbrella of the Graduate Management
Admission Council (GMAC).
Military Leadership Electives
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)
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.
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.
Military Open House
13 October 2014
This event will include Darden’s
regular open house activities (a class visit, tour, lunch with current
students, and presentations by the Career Development Center and Financial
Aid), as well as a special faculty discussion on “Military and the MBA.”
Attendees also have the opportunity to attend a BBQ dinner on 12 October from 5 – 7 p.m. with members of the Darden
Military Association on the Darden Grounds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Associate Director of Admissions