Part-Time MBA Academics

Part-Time MBA - Academics


Darden’s innovative curriculum features interactive case method instruction delivered by Darden’s world-renowned faculty. Over the course of your time in the program, you will establish a solid foundation in the fundamentals of business with ample opportunity for exploration. In addition, all students participate in at least one global experience.

Our Most Flexible Format of the Darden MBA

The Part-Time MBA is Darden’s most flexible MBA format, designed with busy working professionals in mind, with unprecedented opportunity for personalization and customization. 

The program is hybrid in nature, with in-person and virtual elements. An intentional design choice, the blended structure of the program is intended to give students flexibility as they navigate work, life and school. Roughly 60% of the program is delivered in person, across a mix of week-long residencies as well as evening classes. The remaining portion of the program is delivered via typically live, interactive online classes. 

The program begins with a cohort-based, core curriculum, followed by an elective period. The core curricular period begins and ends with a week-long leadership residencies in Charlottesville, and during this period, students have the opportunity to build deep and meaningful relationships with classmates while taking the same core courses as students in Darden’s Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA programs. 

After the core students enter an elective period, in which they will have the option of speeding up or slowing down their course of study according to their plans and goals. Students may complete the program in anywhere from 28 to 48 months, and we expect that students will be able to complete the program in anywhere from 28 to 48 months, with a standard pacing of 33 months.