UVA Darden expands options for Executive MBA students

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is making multiple enhancements to its Executive MBA programme. Beginning with the class of 2022, the executive formats of the Darden MBA will offer more global opportunities and increased elective choices.


Darden has a variety of changes planned to offer students of its Executive MBA programme more choice as well as international opportunities. Over the course of the 21-month programme, students will be able to complement their core MBA curriculum with global residencies offered in as many as 12 locations, including China, India, Chile, Japan, Germany, Ghana and Israel, among others. During these residencies, students cannot only immerse themselves in the host location, but also visit companies, meet executives and talk with industry leaders.

Students in the Executive MBA (EMBA) format take at least one weeklong global residency, while those opting for the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format participate in four weeklong global residencies. In addition, EMBA students may add more global residencies for additional fees. Students interested in pursuing even more global experiences may do so through Darden’s Global Consulting Projects.

“There is no better way to learn more about the world than be on the ground in foreign locations,” said Professor Jim Detert, Darden’s Associate Dean for Executive Degree Programmes and Leadership Initiatives. “These enhancements will give Executive MBA students the ability to customize their learning journeys and further maximize the transformational potential of their MBA experience.”

In addition to the increase in global options, students will be able to further customize their Darden MBA experience through a broad slate of elective offerings. Students will take a total of 12 elective courses, primarily during the second year of the programme. These courses span a number of topic areas, including finance, marketing, leadership, ethics and more.


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