Program & Faculty

EMBA - Electives


In the Executive MBA program, students take a total of 12 electives. Electives are delivered primarily in the second year of the program, and students choose from a slate of electives offered specifically for executive format students.
During the elective period, student may pursue seven different focus areas: 

  • Data Analytics and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • ESG and Social Impact
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

Students who complete three electives in any of these areas will automatically receive a letter from the Registrar indicating they earned that focus area. However, students have broad flexibility to pursue their interests when choosing electives, and students are not required to specialize at any point during the program.

Electives vary from class to class, and, each year, the Executive MBA program team works with students and faculty to develop the course offerings. Consistent with Darden’s general management orientation, Executive MBA electives cover a broad range of topics including strategy, leadership, finance, entrepreneurship, ethics and more. Past elective courses include:

Behavioral Decision Making
Business Ethics Through Literature
Corporate Strategic Leadership: Major Concepts from Strategy Consulting
Creativity and Design Thinking
Customer Centricity: A Strategic Approach
Cybersecurity & Privacy
Darden Worldwide Course: Finland/Estonia (Virtual)
Darden Worldwide Course: India (Virtual)
Darden Worldwide Course: Israel (Virtual)
Darden Worldwide Course: Japan (Virtual)
Data Analytics and Leadership Judgment in Sports Contexts
Data Science in Business
Data Visualization & Analytics
Digital Marketing
Effectual Entrepreneurship
Emerging and Frontier Markets
Entrepreneurial Finance
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Financial Institutes & Markets
Getting in the Room Where It Happens: How to Successfully Navigate the Workplace and Get Things Done
Global Financial Markets
Global Supply Chain
Innovation Excellence
Leadership Communication During Times of Disruption & Transformation

Leadership, Diversity and Leveraging Difference
Leading in Uncertainty and Crisis
Leading Strategic Change
Leading Teams
Leading with Influence
Marketing Technology Products
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate Finance & Development
Responsible Management: Ultimate Questions and Creating Value in Business
Security Analysis & Valuation
Solution and Innovations in Healthcare
Speaking About Business
Starting New Ventures
Strategic Costing
Strategy Execution
Sustainable Global Value Chains
The Consulting Process
Thinking of a Master Plan - Non-Profit Management
Transforming Societies
Valuation in Financial Markets
What Would I Have Done Differently?
Whose Streets: ESG and Other Strategies to Create Shared Value from Wall Street to Main Street