Choose Your Format

  • Darden offers two executive formats of the Darden MBA — our Executive MBA (EMBA) format and our Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format. Both formats are available in Charlottesville and the Washington, DC area and all executive format students graduate with the exact same degree as our full-time students: a Darden MBA.

    Our executive formats are more integrated than ever, with EMBA and GEMBA students learning together and mixing constantly throughout the program. In fact, the formats are 70% the same. The only difference is that GEMBA students participate in all four, week-long global residencies and EMBA students participate in one of the four global residencies.

    Which format is right for you?

    • How much global experience do you want as a part of your MBA experience? As we like to say, we have the global option — EMBA — and the maximum global option — GEMBA.
    • What schedule works best for you? At a high-level, EMBA has more weekends and GEMBA has more week-long experiences, but, between Darden’s two formats and two locations, you have four options to consider. Find the combination that best fits your life and lifestyle.

    Want to explore further? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.