University of Virginia
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
MBA for Executives
MBA for Executives
Darden’s MBA for Executives students receive the same degree as the Full-Time MBA students receive: an MBA from the University of Virginia. The curriculum and program structure are designed for experienced managers who want to develop the business and leadership skills needed to advance their careers — all while continuing to work full time.
As a Darden student, you’ll benefit from the case method of instruction, which involves interactive discussions that capitalize on the experiences and perspectives of you, your classmates and Darden’s world-renowned faculty (ranked #1 by The Princeton Review and Financial Times). And you’ll have the added benefit of real-time ROI — applying concepts and ideas from class immediately to your job.
We deliver an outstanding learning experience that strengthens your current professional performance and lays the groundwork for lifelong success.
Study in a Format Convenient to Your Schedule
With the Darden EMBA, you’ll find there are significantly fewer trips away from home and office than you might expect — on average once a month. You have the flexibility to study on your own schedule between on-Grounds sessions, yet have sufficient time at Darden to establish a strong learning community and network.
The program utilizes a blended model of program delivery:
Monthly Weekend Residences
You will typically come to Darden once a month for sessions that take place Thursday through Saturday. Action-oriented classes include case discussions, simulations, and individual and group presentations. Weekend residencies strengthen your learning community and cement the relationships among students, faculty and staff that are so important to the Darden experience.
Throughout the course of 21 months, you will also participate in four weeklong leadership residencies. These intensive, experiential residencies provide new perspectives on the management challenges you face every day. You enhance your leadership skills through workshops, coaching and reflection. One of the four leadership residencies takes place outside of the United States.
To maintain the intense pace of interaction and to stay in touch with the Darden community between residencies, you will use distance learning technology to interact with professors, hold virtual learning team meetings, work on team deliverables and submit exams. You can study online anywhere, anytime.
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