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Darden School of Business – University of Virginia

UVA Darden Executive MBA Program Structure

Students in the 21-month UVA Darden Executive MBA programs can choose one of two primary formats: the traditional Executive MBA, or the Global Executive MBA.

The EMBA, while officially provided by the Darden School of Business, mostly takes place at the school’s Washington DC campus. To help professional students continue their careers, UVA Darden’s EMBA courses are offered in a hybrid format, with one-third of the core courses available online.

At the beginning and end of the program, all EMBA students will complete a one-week leadership residency in Charlottesville. The bulk of the courses take place during weekend residencies at the school’s DC campus, which are offered on a Friday through Sunday format, concluding at 3 p.m. Online courses are completed on a Tuesday through Thursday schedule, with classes taking place from 7-8:30 p.m. The structural difference for the EMBA and GEMBA is as follows.


• 18 Weekend Residencies
• Two Leadership Residencies
• One Global Residency
• Distance Learning


• 12 Weekend Residencies
• Two Leadership Residencies
• Four Global Residency
• Distance Learning

Previous global residencies have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and more.


Like the UVA Darden full-time MBA, the EMBA curriculum utilizes a case method style of teaching with an emphasis on in-class engagement. After completing the required core courses, EMBA and GEMBA students complete elective coursework. The availability of these courses, listed here, can vary year to year depending on student interest and faculty availability.

Executive MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 14 (tie)

Class Profile

The school’s EMBA class of 2020 features 137 total students, 34 of which are enrolled in the GEMBA program. An estimated 24 percent of UVA Darden EMBA students are female and the average work experience for the current class is 11 years.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Total tuition for the UVA Darden Executive MBA program is currently $133,100 for both U.S. and international students. With added fees, materials, and lodging, U.S. students should expect to pay $158,100, while international students pay slightly more at $158,420. Fees do not cover any travel expenses for international residencies, some food options during the residencies, or Visa costs. An additional $4,000 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the program upon acceptance.

All U.S. residents are eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans and Federal Graduate Plus Loans. The former has a current interest rate of 6.6 percent, while Graduate Plus Loans have a current interest rate of 7.6 percent. Students may also earn an MBA through employer sponsorship.

All candidates are automatically considered for the school’s merit-based scholarships and a myriad of fellowships. You can find a list of scholarships and fellowships for the UVA Darden EMBA program here. U.S. military active members and veterans also may be eligible for multiple tuition benefits and scholarships, which can be found here.


In order to apply to the UVA Darden MBA program, applicants must submit:

• A completed application
• Official transcripts
• GMAT/GRE scores (waivers available for select students)
• Proof of English proficiency (if necessary)
• A résumé
• Two professional recommendations
• An optional letter of company support

Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. These can take place on the Charlottesville or Washington DC campus, or via Skype.

Application deadlines are as follows;

March 10, 2019
April 10, 2019
May 10, 2019
June 10, 2019
June 25, 2019*

* = If space is available

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