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Part-Time MBA - Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Part-Time MBA:

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Darden's Part-Time MBA format is designed for busy working professionals. In this section you will find answers to questions prospective students often have. Topics include program structure and design, admissions requirements, scholarship consideration and more. 

  • Admissions

    The Darden School offers one world-class MBA program in four formats: Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA). In all formats, students earn the same Darden MBA degree and are taught through the case method by the same top-ranked faculty.

    WHEN WILL THE APPLICATION OPEN?

    The application is currently open. Start an application here.

    What are the application deadlines for the Part-Time MBA? 

    We offer a series of application deadlines for Part-Time MBA applicants, and all deadlines are focused on one matriculation date: August 2022. We will continue to accept applications until the class fills. 

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

    Prospective applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (conferred prior to matriculation). While there is no work experience requirement for the Part-Time MBA format, it is expected that students will have at least two years of professional work experience prior to matriculation.

    The Darden School of Business does not admit students who have already completed an MBA from an AACSB accredited institution. To find out if a school is accredited by the AACSB, please refer to the AACSB website.

    DO I NEED TO BE EMPLOYED FULL-TIME?

    The Part-Time MBA program is designed for working professionals, and Part-Time MBA students are expected to be employed during their course of study. Our curriculum is based on applying classroom knowledge to individual work situations, and students derive the most value from their experience when they can bring work to the classroom and take lessons from class to their work.

    WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS? 

    The application requirements for the Part-Time MBA program are as follows:

    • Application (including short answer responses)
    • Standardized test score or test waiver request
    • Resume
    • Transcripts (for all degree-related coursework; unofficial transcripts accepted in application process)
    • One recommendation (up to two recommendations accepted)
    • Application fee (application fee waivers available)
    • Interview (by invitation only)

    May I apply to more than one of UVA Darden’s MBA formats at once? 

    No. Applicants may only be evaluated for one format of the Darden MBA at a time, and simultaneous applications to Darden’s MBA formats will not be accepted. When starting an application, you will be asked to choose a deadline corresponding to your preferred MBA format, and you should target the format that best aligns with your desired schedule, experience and interests. If you have questions about which format of the Darden MBA may be right for you, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions team.

    If your format interest changes after you've submitted your application, simply contact our admissions team, and we will share a form in which you may request your application be moved to another format evaluation process. 

    Our MBA format evaluation processes are discrete, and, by extension, if an applicant has received a decision for one MBA format, that decision will not transfer to the new format process. If an applicant requests to be evaluated for a new MBA format, their previous decision is voided, and the applicant must be evaluated anew for the new MBA format, including, if applicable, interviewing again.

    IS A STANDARDIZED TEST REQUIRED? 

    There are two options: (1) Submit a test score, or (2) submit a test waiver request with application materials. Applicants are encouraged to choose the option that will allow them to put forward their strongest application.

    Standardized tests that are accepted for the Part-Time MBA include the Executive Assessment (EA), the GMAT, GRE, the MCAT and the LSAT. These tests are viewed as equivalents. Older or expired scores for any of these tests are accepted, but candidates who wish to submit an expired score will need to have access to their full score breakdown.

  • Program

    WHO IS THIS FORMAT DESIGNED FOR?

    The Part-Time MBA program has been designed for students who wish to pursue their MBA while continuing to advance their career. It's flexibility accommodates the schedules of working professionals. Because the program consists of weeknight classes delivered both in-person at UVA Darden DC metro and virtually, it is expected that Part-Time MBA students will be based in the Washington, D.C., area or the nearby vicinity.

    HOW WILL THIS PROGRAM BE STRUCTURED?

    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 residency, 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. During the elective period, students will have the option of speeding up or slowing down their course of study according to their plans and goals, and we expect that students will be able to complete the program in anywhere from 28 to 48 months. The standard pacing for the program will likely be 33 months. 

    HOW MANY CREDITS IS THE PART-TIME MBA PROGRAM?

    As with other formats of the Darden MBA, the Part-Time MBA program is 60 credits.

    AS A PART-TIME STUDENT, WHAT DEGREE WILL I RECEIVE AT GRADUATION?

    The Part-Time MBA joins the Full-Time MBA and the Executive MBA formats (Executive MBA (EMBA) and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)) - as a new format of the Darden MBA. All MBA candidates at Darden graduate with the same degree.

  • Curriculum

    WHAT COURSES WILL BE IN THE CORE CURRICULUM?

    Part-Time MBA students take the same core courses as Darden’s Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA students: Decision Analysis, Marketing, Accounting, Leading Organizations, Finance, Strategy, Ethics, Operations, Global Economies and Markets and Leadership Communication.

    HOW WILL ELECTIVES WORK?

    After the core curriculum, students shift to elective coursework. Electives will be offered specifically for Part-Time MBA students. The program team will work with students and faculty to develop this elective list.

    In addition, it is expected that there will be some flexibility for Part-Time MBA students to take electives offered in Darden’s other MBA formats. However, the ability to do so will likely depend upon space availability and faculty approval. More information will be available soon.

    WHAT ELECTIVES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PART-TIME MBA STUDENTS?

    Darden’s approach to electives for Part-Time MBA students is expected to be similar to elective courses offered to students in the Executive MBA formats. Electives will vary from class to class, with the program team working with students and faculty to develop course offerings.

    Planning is currently underway for the inaugural Part-Time MBA cohort enrolling August 2022, and we expect the following electives will be offered for these students. We also expect that additional courses will be added to this list once students matriculate and the program leadership has a better sense of the courses and topic areas of interest to students. As a reminder, the elective period for this initial Part-Time MBA cohort will not begin until Spring 2024.

    • Speaking about Business
    • Story Telling with Data
    • Negotiations
    • Corporate Financial Policies
    • Entrepreneurial Finance
    • Investments
    • Pricing
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Leading with Influence and Power
    • Data Visualization and Analytics
    • Behavioral Decision Making

    For additional information about electives offered recently to working professional students learning in Rosslyn, we also encourage you to visit the electives page of the Executive MBA formats for a list of past Executive MBA elective courses.

    Are focus areas and concentrations, offered in other formats of the Darden MBA, open to Part-Time MBA Students?

    Yes. All Darden MBA students, regardless of program format, may earn any existing specialization, concentration or focus area provided the student meets the requirements of the offering. Please note that enrollment in courses may be dependent on scheduling and course availability. Focus areas and concentrations are not noted on a student’s transcript, but students do receive documentation from the Registrar when they have satisfied the requirements for a particular offering and students may list the focus area or concentration on their resume. Read more about concentrations, area focus electives and industry focus electives on the Full-Time MBA web pages and Executive MBA focus area elective offerings.

    WHO TEACHES IN THE PART-TIME MBA PROGRAM? 

    All core classes in the Part-Time MBA program will be taught by full-time Darden faculty. Electives will be taught by a broader set of instructors, including Darden faculty, alumni, professors of practice and adjunct faculty. This is in accordance with the other formats of the Darden MBA.

    WHAT WILL THE COURSE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

    The Part-Time MBA program is hybrid in format, with classes typically delivered on weeknights. The schedule will alternate between in-person and virtual weeks, with in-person classes delivered at UVA Darden DC Metro. Class sessions will occur on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6–9:30 p.m. Students will typically have two, 75-minute class sessions per evening. In general, students should expect two weeks of in-person instruction and two weeks of virtual delivery per month in the academic calendar.

    The program also features two weeklong experiences at the beginning and end of the core curriculum. In addition, all students will have an opportunity to expand upon their classroom experience with intensive global study opportunities.

    ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL STUDY?

    Yes. It is expected that students will have the opportunity to participate in global course offerings. More details to come!

  • Career

    WILL THERE BE CAREER SUPPORT?

    The Darden Career Center will provide career support to Part-Time MBA students. Students will have access to face-to-face workshops, one-on-one coaching and online career modules. In addition, all students participate in a required course, the "Professional Advancement Course" (PAC), offered during the core curricular period.

    What career resources will be available to Part-Time MBA students? 

    Career support for Part-Time MBA students will begin prior to matriculation, and the Career team is prepared to support students with a wide range of career goals, including switching function or industry, climbing within their current organization, launching their own venture, or simply investigating multiple paths.

    In the summer before the start of the program, students will gain access to a series of self-paced, career-focused online modules, CDWhyFinding (“CDWhy”), that will help them begin to explore career possibilities.

    This exploration will continue throughout the first year of the program. We expect there will be some career-related content during the initial week-long residency in Charlottesville. In addition, during the fall or spring of their first year, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Career Kick-Off meeting, a one-on-one meeting with a career coach.

    During the first summer semester, students will participate in the Professional Advancement Course (PAC), a required, credit-bearing course in which students will begin to chart a roadmap for their career. 

    Students will also have access to recruiting opportunities, including thousands of job postings from over 150 corporate partners. In addition, all Darden alumni have access to complimentary career services for life through the Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services.

    Can Part-Time MBA students participate in internships? 

    The Part-Time MBA program is designed for working professionals, and we expect students to be employed during their course study. As a result, internships will be uncommon for Part-Time MBA students. 

    Can Part-Time MBA students participate in recruiting? 

    Yes. Part-Time MBA students can participate in recruiting. Depending upon career stage and interest, this path may not be the right fit for all Part-Time MBA students, and the Career team can help students determine if recruiting is a potentially viable channel. 

    As most students will be recruiting for full-time positions for which firms will expect the student will have completed their MBA prior to beginning the role, the recruiting process for Part-Time MBA will typically not begin in earnest until the student enters the fall of their final year of study.

    As a Part-Time MBA student will I have access to the full Darden network? 

    Yes. All Darden students, regardless of format, have access to the same, powerful network of 17,000 Darden alumni in 90+ countries. The Washington, D.C. metro is the largest base of Darden alumni and is also home to the largest alumni chapter for the University of Virginia.

  • Cost and Financial Aid

    HOW MUCH WILL THE PROGRAM COST?

     

    Part-Time MBA students will be billed on a per-credit basis. The Part-Time MBA requires 60 credit hours of coursework, and for the 2022-2023 academic year, the per-credit tuition rate is $2,417 (includes tuition, meals and case materials).

    As with Darden's other MBA formats, there will be additional fees associated with the cost of the program. All students will be charged University Comprehensive Fee (per semester) - $257 for in-state students/semester and $317 for out-of-state students/semester. This fee will likely change annually, and historically this fee has changed roughly $3 each year.

    In addition, students will be charged a $1,750 residency fee for each of the week-long residencies that take place in Charlottesville. The first residency occurs at the start of the program, and the second residency occurs roughly 20 months later after Quarter 10. This fee will be charged in the semester in which the residency occurs, and it covers lodging, meals and other costs related to the week.

    Students who participate in a global elective will also be charged a global course fee of $4,200. As with the residency fee, this fee will be charged in the semester in which the travel occurs.

    Lastly, the tuition and fees outlined above are for the 2022-2023 academic year, and these figures could adjust in subsequent years.

    WILL THERE BE AN IN-STATE TUITION RATE? 

    It is not expected that an in-state tuition rate will be offered for the Part-Time MBA.

    WILL SCHOLARSHIPS BE AVAILABLE FOR PART-TIME MBA STUDENTS? 

    Yes. All admitted students will be evaluated for a scholarship award. No additional documents are required for scholarship consideration. 

    These competitive awards are based upon a variety of metrics and considerations, including but not limited to indicators of academic merit such as undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA, advanced degree, professional certification(s) and standardized test scores. Admitted students are typically notified of the outcome of the scholarship review process when they receive their admissions decision.

    HOW WILL THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING BE APPLIED?

    Scholarship awards will be applied on a per-credit basis over the duration of the program. At Darden, billing periods generally track the semester schedule, with a bill due typically prior to the start of the program and every four months thereafter until program completion.

    ARE PART-TIME MBA STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR EDUCATIONAL LOANS?

    Financial aid is available to students in the Part-Time MBA program in the form of federal and private loan programs. These loans are not "need-based." Therefore, students with an acceptable credit rating will be eligible. 

    U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens may access direct loans through the U.S. federal student aid program. Students may also seek private loans.

    Pursuant to UVA guidelines, students will need to be enrolled at least six credit hours of coursework per semester to maintain educational loan eligibility.