University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Representative name: Merav Frazier
Position: Associate Director of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
Open chat hours: 17:00-18:00
School brochure: click to open
Q&A with admissions: click to open

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The Darden School of Business is the graduate business school associated with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Darden School offers MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The School was founded in 1955 and is on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Darden is regularly ranked as being among the Top 15 business schools in the U.S. and Top 30 in the world. Darden’s two-year MBA program combines core and elective courses in Charlottesville, Virginia with opportunities to study abroad.

Rather than lecture, our professors engage students in lively discussions using the case study method. Over the course of the MBA program, you will study more than 500 real-life business cases. Each case presents a set of decisions to be made, and you — as the decision-maker — must analyze the situation and express what you would do.

2 years

$62800 – $65920

Students who are offered admission to the Darden School are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship; there is no additional scholarship application. Those selected for a scholarship will be notified at the time of admission.

Career Track Concentrations:

  • Asset Management/Sales & Trading
  • Corporate Finance/Investment Banking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Supply Chain Management

Theme Track Concentrations:

  • Corporate Innovation
  • Business Development and Growth
  • Market Analytics
  • Business Analytics
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Global Business

100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

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Darden School Of Business University Of Virginia Chat
Virginia Darden
6/08 09:49PM
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting the Darden School of Business's information page and chat!
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Guest- Ali nawaz
6/10 04:31PM
what will be the application fee for starting the process ? how can i get the LOR format
Virginia Darden
6/10 04:34PM
A nonrefundable application fee of $250 is a required to process your application. The LOR is within our application, but we do use the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation format. https://www.gmac.com/reach-and-recruit-students/prepare-candidates-for-the-exam-classroom/common-letter-of-recommendation-lor
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Guest- Ali nawaz
6/10 04:44PM
Is there any eligibility criteria on the base of work experience
Virginia Darden
6/10 04:45PM
Although we have no minimum requirements, the average is four years and the range is usually one to ten years.
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:00PM
Hello everyone! That chat is officially open to your questions! I will do my best to answer them in the order in which they are submitted.
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Guest- Itai
6/10 05:08PM
May I ask what type of candidates are you looking for? any specific traits or characteristics?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:09PM
Hi Itai! We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background, leadership and team-oriented experiences, intellectual curiosity, and an open mind.
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Guest- Itai
6/10 05:09PM
good to know, thank you!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:09PM
Basically, three broad areas: academics, professional experience and personal qualities and characteristics. A balance in the three areas is valued!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:15PM
For those of you who just joined, welcome! Feel free to watch the videos and check-out the handouts! My name is Merav and I'm happy to answer your questions!
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Guest- Gina
6/10 05:15PM
Thank you for hosting us today! I plan to apply this fall, as my wife will be attending UVA for the next three years for the Batten-Darden dual degree program. I am debating on whether to apply through the Consortium or through the traditional application method. Do you have any recommendations or insight as to what may increase my chances of acceptance?
Not sure why my name was listed as Gina.. My apologies, my name is Tim Hebert, the previous question was mine.
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:17PM
Hi Tim! Whether you apply directly or apply via the Consortium, your chances for admission are fairly equal.
The Consortium is an opportunity to apply to multiple schools more efficiently.
Tim, is your wife starting at Darden or Batten this Fall?
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:21PM
My wife will be starting at Batten in the fall.
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Guest- Hila
6/10 05:22PM
Is there any GMAT/GRE waiver?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:22PM
Tim, is your wife Alyssa?
Hilla, yes, we offer an application for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:23PM
No, my wife Is Jackie (Jacqueline) Modesett!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:23PM
Tim, that was my 2nd guess! LOL
I had a 50/50 chance of getting it right
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:25PM
Lol! Yes, I now have to some how attempt to pursue my wife in her endeavors!! Luckily an MBA has been one of my goals for the past 8 years!! Even luckier that she was accepted to UVA!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:25PM
Nice!
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:26PM
I will be applying as a military veteran, is there a trend for veteran graduates to enter specific industries from Darden?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:27PM
Consulting is a common path
But then again, it's a common path for many of our graduates
Have you connected with the DMA?
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:30PM
I have not connected with the DMA yet. That is on my list of due-outs. I am currently deployed so I've been trying to balance work, studying for the GMAT, and networking.. not enough time in the day! lol
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:30PM
I understand. Where are you deployed?
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:32PM
I am currently deployed to El Salvador. I would like to continue my professional focus in Central and South America so I am very interested in the Global Immersion Course offered in the Spring/Summer. How is that program typically conducted?
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Guest- SD
6/10 05:33PM
Hello, apart from the recommendation letters, will it help my candidacy if a career mentor, who is also a Darden alumn, writes a letter to admissons supporting my candidacy?
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Guest- Barak
6/10 05:33PM
Do you offer specific scholarships for Israeli candidates?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:36PM
Tim, the Global Immersion Courses are experiential learning opportunities that take place by connecting students to international business leaders and cultural heritage sites. Each course lasts one to two weeks and takes place outside of the United States in January, March or May.
SD, if your career mentor can provide information that is otherwise not captured in your application, then yes! It can certainly add value to your application.
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:37PM
For the exchange programs in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, are those also 1-2 week programs?
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Guest- Dan
6/10 05:37PM
Hi, thanks so much for doing this, I saw there is a GMAT wiaver this year. is that real? or will 99% have GMATs?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:37PM
Barak, we do! It's small - $3,000 to one selected candidate/ year.
Otherwise, ALL of our candidates are reviewed for merit-based scholarships.
Dan, we are offering an opportunity for candidates to apply for a test waiver.
Candidates who present a strong profile across several criteria (including the required supporting materials) are more likely to be granted a test waiver: • At least three years of professional work experience • A strong undergraduate and/or graduate record, including performance in analytical coursework or disciplines • Master's or advanced degree in analytical discipline • CPA or CFA designation or other quantitative professional certification
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Guest- Itay Varkovitzky
6/10 05:40PM
Hi! I wanted to ask how do you treat people with ~10 years of experience? Do you recommend such people (if they are good enough) to come to Darden?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:42PM
Itay, if you feel that the residential program is the right path for you, Darden could be a right fit! We just ask that you explain how it fits into your overall career plan.
We don't have a minimum or maximum number that we are looking for.
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Guest- Itay Varkovitzky
6/10 05:43PM
Thank you for your answer!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:44PM
You are welcome!
I highly encourage you all to get to know us better by attending a virtual coffee chat with one of our Admissions Reps: https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/coffeechats
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:48PM
Will there be in-person admissions events this fall at UVA?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:49PM
Unlikely.
I don't think we'll have on-Grounds programing for applicants until Spring at the earliest.
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Guest- Dan
6/10 05:51PM
hi, one more question. can I do an exchange to other top MBA programs too?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:52PM
No, we don't have an exchange opportunities with other MBA programs.
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Guest- Ali nawaz
6/10 05:53PM
I have graduated with Hotel management. I lost the job in Airline with in 10 month experience because of covid.710 in gmat what are the chances to get the admission.
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:53PM
Dan, not in the US at least. We have some global partners though: https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/academics/experiential-learning-opportunities/global/exchange
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 05:54PM
What type of candidates stand out most during the admissions process? Aside from GMAT, GPA, and work experience, how do candidates stand out in their essays?
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:54PM
Ali, we consider every situation on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, I cannot give you your odds.
Candidates stand out by presenting strong leadership and team-oriented skills, a great personality during the interview, and a strong intellectual curiosity.
We tend to "fight" for candidates who have strong character traits during committee, rather than candidates that have strong testing.
Heading to the 1:1 meetings, but please be in touch if additional questions come up: [email protected]
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Guest- Dan
6/10 05:59PM
Thanks for this!
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:59PM
You are very welcome!
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Guest- Dan
6/10 05:59PM
thank you so much and I will send you a private email
Virginia Darden
6/10 05:59PM
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Guest- Tim Hebert
6/10 06:00PM
Thank you so much for the insight! I hope to attend an admissions chat soon and will connect with DMA as well!!
100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA