EMBA - Flexible Formats

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EMBA - Flexible Formats

Flexible Formats

Darden offers two executive formats of the Darden MBA — our Executive MBA (EMBA) format and our Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format — in one world-class location: our state of the art facility in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Our executive formats are more integrated than ever, with EMBA and GEMBA students learning together and mixing constantly throughout the program. In fact, the formats are 70% the same. The only difference is that GEMBA students participate in all four, week-long global residencies and EMBA students participate in one of the four global residencies.

All students begin and end the program with a week-long leadership residency on the grounds of the Darden School in Charlottesville, VA. Weekend residences are once a month on average and take place in Darden's start-of-the-art facility in Rosslyn. During weekends, students follow a Friday through Sunday schedule. Classes begin at noon on Fridays and conclude at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition to the global residences, all students participate in distance learning. Online distance classes are usually twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are typically live synchronous sessions but recordings are available to students who may miss an occasional class due to work conflicts or personal commitments.

Regardless of format, all executive format students graduate with the exact same degree as our full-time students: a Darden MBA.

Review the calendar for our Class of 2021.


Which format is right for you?



What schedule works best for you? At a high-level, EMBA has more weekends and GEMBA has more week-long experiences. Find the combination that best fits your life and lifestyle 



How much global experience do you want as a part of your MBA experience? As we like to say, we have the global option — EMBA — and the maximum global option — GEMBA.


Want to explore further?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.