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.

Choose Your Format

Our executive formats are more integrated than ever, with EMBA and GEMBA students learning together and mixing throughout the program. The only difference is that EMBA students participate in at least one weeklong global residency and GEMBA students participate in all four weeklong global residencies.

All students begin and end the program with a week-long leadership residency on the Grounds of the Darden School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Weekend residences are once a month on average and take place in Darden's start-of-the-art facility in the Rosslyn district of Arlington, Virginia. 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 7–8:30 p.m. Classes are typically live synchronous sessions and attendance is required, 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.

Click here to download and view the updated calendar for the Class of 2023.


Which format is right for you?



What schedule works best for you? Our executive formats are designed with busy working professionals, like you, in mind. Find the combination that 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.