Main Profile

At A Glance

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Executive MBA

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one of the world's leading business schools, offering the MBA degree in 3 formats – Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Executive MBA – as well as Ph.D. and non-degree Executive Education programs. The Darden experience is unique because of the combination of three key elements: the case study method, the world’s best MBA teaching faculty and a tight-knit community. These elements combine to create an environment that improves society by developing Darden students into principled leaders who are ready for anything.

GPA:  GMAT: 

Contact

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Executive MBA's Full Profile

Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 30
Tuition (Total) $129,900

Program Information

University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration Says

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one of the world's leading business schools, offering the MBA degree in 3 formats – Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Executive MBA – as well as Ph.D. and non-degree Executive Education programs. The Darden experience is unique because of the combination of three key elements: the case study method, the world’s best MBA teaching faculty and a tight-knit community. These elements combine to create an environment that improves society by developing Darden students into principled leaders who are ready for anything.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Global MBA For Executives.

Latest Tweet

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#13 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#4 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals
#4 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#5 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers
#6 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers
#16 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#1 Best Campus Facilities
#5 Best Professors
#5 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 26% accepted out of 2269 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $215

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Darden evaluates a student's readiness for business school in three broad areas: academics, professional experience, and personal qualities and characteristics. These competencies are measured through the applicant's undergraduate record, GMAT scores, resume and work experience, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays. In addition, intervi...Darden evaluates a student's readiness for business school in three broad areas: academics, professional experience, and personal qualities and characteristics. These competencies are measured through the applicant's undergraduate record, GMAT scores, resume and work experience, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays. In addition, interviews are required and are considered an important part of the application. While there are no minimum requirements for admission, last year's entering class had a mean GMAT of 701. The mean GPA was 3.38.

The Princeton Review

Important Dates

Round 1
December

15

Deadline
August

26

Start
Round 2
January

15

Deadline
August

26

Start
Round 3
February

15

Deadline
August

26

Start
Round 4
March

15

Deadline
August

26

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 658
Percent International Students 27%
Total Full-Time Faculty 100
Full-Time Faculty 70%

Student Life

For those who thrive under pressure, Darden is an ideal environment as “The rhythm is extremely hectic, but the atmosphere is jovial, and there is a real palpable energy and excite­ment about learning in the place.” In fact, Darden students seem to take a masochistic pleas­ure in the hectic pace of life where “Sleep is a rare commodity.” In the hearty words of one first-year student: “Although the workload seems unbearable at times, and I have to sched­ule phone calls with my spouse, I really wouldn’t trade this experience for any other.” While acknowledging the rigors of the workload, students continually emphasize the kindness of the Darden community, where “Everything from the computer services to the dining hall is done for the students and with their best interests at heart.” When it comes to extracurricular activities, students reassure us that “even with the demanding workload students are very active in clubs, social events, MBA case competi­tions, and the community.” They also manage to sneak in a moment of socializing during the daily First Coffee, “a break between classes in which you can catch up with classmates in other sections, friends, or professors. Everyone in the Darden community comes by for a cup of joe (partners and children included at times).” When it’s time to relax, “Saturdays during the fall are a time for attending football games, the Chili Cook-Off, or the International Food Festival.” Another favorite is “the Thursday Night Drinking Club where the majority of students meet up at a different bar every Thursday.” An ideal college town, “Charlottesville is a great place to live; it has a really low cost of living without sacrificing culture.”

Career

Students say “the Career Development Center has improved to a great extent,” bringing a “record number of recruiters and companies on grounds this [past] fall.” The center offers a variety of services to MBA students, including Career Discovery Forums, individual career consultations, a professional development series, and workshops and special events. Through the Career Development Center, students also have access to the Darden Networking Partnership, a database of nearly 2,000 alumni who have volunteered to help fellow grads in career searches. Last year, 85 percent of graduates seeking employment had received a job offer by gradua­tion, and 91 percent had received a job offer within three months of graduation. Finance was the most popular career choice, drawing 43 percent of students; consulting drew 20 percent. Among the top recruiters were: A.T. Kearney, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, The Boston Consulting Group, Everest, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Bank of America, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey & Company, Bain and Company, Standard and Poor’s, UTC, Progressive, Danaher Corp., Mass Mutual Financial Group, Goldman Sachs, DuPont, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Centex, Target, Dell, EDS, Intel, and Sprint Nextel.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Offering a unique, challenging, and spirited MBA program, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia distinguishes itself through “the outstanding reputation of the faculty and students, the rigorous and exciting case method, and the broad focus on gener­al management that the school offers.” Hailed as “one of the toughest programs in the world,” the hallmark of a Darden education is the case-based curriculum—an intensive, discussion-based teaching method with an emphasis “on experiential learning in a collabo­rative environment and through teamwork.” Sounds fun, but students warn that “the first-year curriculum is rigorous, and the case method demands students be prepared and take leadership positions.” Not to mention that curricular requirements are incredibly time con­suming. First-year students typically spend the day at school: Classes run from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and related activities can run until 10:00 P.M. It’s a challenge, but a Darden education is well worth the effort as “you really gain mastery of the material.” Encouraging a lively and interactive classroom environment, the school’s savvy professors “are outstanding at leading a case conversation and covering all of the key learning points.” A second-year student raves, “The faculty at Darden has revolutionized my life. They have challenged me to think differently, to go deeper to find solutions to com­plex problems and stimulate my mind each day.” Darden really distinguishes itself in its commitment to the student experience: “Professors at Darden are there because they want to teach. Students are the priority, not research.” A current student enthuses, “Professors have enormous levels of experience and are ridiculously available outside class. I’ve gone in unscheduled and been able to spend over an hour working on an issue—the professor just made the time.” Teamwork is integral to the Darden experience, and each new student is assigned to a learn­ing team of five or six students with whom they prepare for class each day. Working togeth­er, students say that Darden’s “intense and competitive” academic atmosphere is counter­balanced by the fact that “Darden has an extremely helpful and collegial environment.” In this stimulating campus setting, “The common thread running through the student body is a general sense of appreciation for the atmosphere, enthusiasm toward the learning experi­ence, and a desire to collaborate with the learning experience through student-led review sessions, informal help sessions, etc.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), The Batten Institute , Behavioral Research at Darden, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Center for Global Initiatives, The Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS), The Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, The Tayloe Murphy Center, UVA Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, Alumni Career Services, Darden Executive Education.

  • International Student Support Groups:
    1. Career Development Center International Student Advisory Group (CIAG) - The International Student Advisory Group works with the Career Development Center to achieve international studentsÂ’ recruitment objectives and acts as a forum for periodic interactions and formalized feedback between the CDC and Affinity Clubs.

    2. The International Student Advisory Group (ISAG) advises the Office of Student Affairs on issues related to international studentsÂ’ academic and social experiences at Darden Membership: The group is composed of the International VP of the Darden Student Association, and First Year and Second Year international students appointed by the Office of Student Affairs.

    3. Darden Student Association. An umbrella organization for all Darden students and groups. All students registered for courses at Darden are members of the DSA. DSA has a Vice President for International Students who serves as the co-chair for the ISAG. Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Darden-Student-Association/Darden-Student-Association/

    4. International Student Affinity Groups • Asia Business Club at Darden (ABCD) - Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Asia-Business-Club/Asia-Business/ • Darden African Business Organization (DABO) - Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/African-Business/African-Business/
      • Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) – Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Darden-South-Asia-Society/Darden-South-Asia-Society/
      • European Society (ES) - Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/European-Society/European-Society/
      • International Business Society (IBS) - Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/International-Business-Society/International-Business-Society/
      • Latin American Student Association (LASA) - Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Latin-American-Student-Association/LASA/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    LGBT Darden and the wider UVA community offer a number of resources. 1. Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Darden (GLAD) – GLAD helps to create an environment in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Darden community are comfortable being open about their sexual orientation. Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Gays-Lesbians-Allies/Gays-Lesbians-Allies/

    1. The LGBT Resource Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Founded in 2001, the Resource Center works both to raise awareness and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and to provide information, referral, support, and programming to the University community.
      Website: http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/lgbt/

    2. Love is Love – Love is Love is a yearly event at Darden that has a mission of showing solidarity among LGBT individuals as well as their allies. It was originally started via a university-wide t-shirt campaign and has now expanded at Darden to include multiple LGBT-focused events. Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Gays-Lesbians-Allies/Love-is-Love-2012/

    3. University of Virginia QueerGrads fosters a university-wide community for LGBT students across all graduate programs, including business, law, health sciences, education, and arts and sciences. Programming includes social events, awareness campaigns, and a mentorship program for incoming graduate students.

  • Minority Support Groups:
    1. Black Business Student Forum (BBSF) The BBSF is organized and focused on bringing together the past, present, and future Darden African-American communities. For that pursuit, the BBSF develops programs that promote academic excellence, provide safe environments for the discussion of issues around race, support professional development, offer a forum for social activities and participate in community service activities.
      Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Black-Business-Student-Forum/Black-Business-Student-Forum/

    2. Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND) The Hispanic American Network at Darden represents the interests of Hispanic American students; creates awareness and promotes the Darden School to prospective Hispanic American MBA candidates; creates, maintains, and strengthens ties with Hispanic American Darden alumni; supports career development opportunities for its membership; and partners with the Darden community to promote a forum for exploration of diversity within the Darden, University of Virginia, and Charlottesville communities and businesses at large.
      Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Hispanic-American-Network/Hispanic-American-Network/

    3. Latin American Student Association (LASA) LASA is one of the most active student-run organizations at Darden and its main purpose is to provide Latin American students and students interested in Latin American cultures with a forum to pursue cultural, professional, and social opportunities by maintaining and strengthening ties with Latin American alumni and by supporting career development opportunities for its members. LASA acts as an academic, professional, and social resource; promoting and supporting the efforts of the Darden Community to increase diversity in the curriculum, faculty, and student body. Our efforts are aimed not only at increasing Latin American awareness in Darden but also at increasing Darden awareness in Latin America.
      Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/Latin-American-Student-Association/LASA/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Tutoring @ Darden is peer coordinated with administrative support. During the 2011-2012 academic year, drop-in sessions were provided Monday night (2 hours) and Thursday afternoons (1.5 hours).

  • Research Facilities:

    The Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), The Batten Institute , Behavioral Research at Darden, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Center for Global Initiatives, The Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS), The Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, The Tayloe Murphy Center, UVA Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, Alumni Career Services, Darden Executive Education.

  • Study Abroad:

    Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Impresa, IPADE (Mexico); International University of Japan, IUJ (Japan); China Europe International Business School, CEIBS (China); Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, CKGSB (China); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKUST (Hong Kong); Hitotsubashi University, ISC (Japan); Indian School of Business ISB (India); International Graduate School of Management, University of Navarra, IESE, (Spain); Stockholm School of Economics, SSE (Sweden); Rotterdam School Management of Erasmus University, RSM (Netherlands); SDA Bocconi (Italy); Melbourne Business School, MBS (Australia); School of Management of Universidad Austral, IAE (Argentina); HEC (France); IIM-A (India); Peking University (China); St. Gallen University (Switzerland); XLRI (India); Seoul National University (S. Korea)

  • Women Support Groups:

    National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) NAWMBA promotes the role of professional women by providing opportunities for women to express their role in today's society and by establishing alumnae networking that lasts a lifetime. Provides a forum to discuss the issues and challenges women face in their careers and other activities that build awareness of women in leadership positions; allows both female and male students, who are interested in promoting the role of professional women, to share experiences, find support and develop constructive plans for action. Website: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/MBA/Student-Life/Organizations/National-Association-Women-MBAs/NAWMBA/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration include:

Mr. John R. Strangfeld - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Mr. Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. - President, RLJ Development, LLC

Mr. Bruce R. Thompson - Chief Financial Officer, Bank of America

Ms. Martina Hund-Mejean - Chief Financial Officer, MasterCard World Wide

Ms. Susan Sobbott - President, American Express OPEN

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $90,949

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Microsoft Corp., Bank of America, Amazon.com, Inc., Accenture, Bain & Company, Inc.

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Financial Services 33% $98,827
Finance / Accounting 32% $99,555
General Management 27% $99,621
Consulting 20% $123,652
Consulting 18% $124,325
Marketing / Sales 15% $96,685
Manufacturing 11% $103,391
Other 3% $109,556

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 83%
Three Month Employment 92%
Questions about University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Executive MBA

Want more info about University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Executive MBA? Get free advice from education experts and Noodle community members.

  • Answer

Ask a New Question