• At Darden, we believe that the best training for a global business leader is to put you in the shoes of current and past executives at real companies. In contrast to a lecture-based approach to education, Darden’s case method will challenge you to discuss and debate real business problems and possible solutions. Given a specific business challenge — what would you do, why would you do it and how would you persuade your classmates to understand your point of view?

    Your ideas will be tested through open dialogue with the faculty, your learning team and your classmates. And in Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA formats, your classmates are experienced managers, who will all bring unique perspectives to the high-engagement case discussion.

    Darden’s MBA curriculum also uses:

    • Business simulations
    • Feedback sessions
    • Carefully selected readings
    • Videos
    • Peer-mentoring
    • Role playing
    • Coaching sessions

    These approaches will help you develop into an agile decision-maker with an enterprise-wide perspective.

    Class visits are available in our Rosslyn location, and we highly recommend that you visit a class and experience the case method firsthand.

    Four-Step Learning Process

    Darden’s case method is based on a four-step learning process, which allows for complete understanding, integration and application of the materials:

    1. Individual Work: read and consider each case on your own.
    2. Team-Based Collaboration: Share your ideas with your learning team — the group of five or six peer managers with whom you’ll study.
    3. Class: Discuss the case during an online class meeting or on-Grounds class.
    4. Reflection/Application: Reflect on how your initial ideas changed as a result of the input from your learning team, class and professors. And after each class, you have the opportunity to apply these concepts on the job, creating real-time ROI for you and your employer.

    Case Method Videos

    Learning in the Case Method

    In this video, Mayra Rocha (GEMBA '15) talks about how the case method style of learning was what drew her to Darden.

    Challenges & Benefits of the Case Method

    In this video, Maksim Saitgazen (EMBA '15) discusses the challenges and benefits of the case method.

    Mastering New Material in the Case Method

    Tahmina Nurova (GEMBA '14), an international banking and finance expert, discusses how Darden's case method is an effective approach to master new business methods and techniques.

    The Value of the Case Method

    Leo Basola, (EMBA '14), shares his perspective on learning in the Darden case method classroom:

    Student Perspective

    What is it like to participate in a case method discussion? Peter Vanderloo (EMBA '12) — a lawyer and former Marine Corps officer — gives his views on the case method in his blog post, " When You’re CEO for the Day — or Class."