Essay for 2016-17 (Class of 2019)

Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to this feedback. (500 words maximum)

Short essays:

What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why? (150 words)

Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you. (100 words)

If you could go anywhere in the world with Darden, where would you go and why? (50 words)

Charlottesville has a renowned film festival, book festival and vibrant music scene. What is your favorite film, book or song? (15 words)

Optional Essay:

If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it (250 words)


Other Application requirements:

1. Recommendations:

Two recommendations are required. You may submit more than two recommendations, but use your judgment in submitting an extra one only if you have something new and substantial to tell.

2. Resume:

Submit a one page business resume that has your employment history in reverse chronological order (both part time and full time jobs). Also include your educational degrees (bachelor’s onwards).

3. Undergrad:

Three years degree are recognized.

4. GMAT or GRE:

Use the highest test scores from a single test. Self reported scores are okay at the time of application.

5. English Proficiency test:

You can submit TOEFL/ IELTS or PTE scores. The English proficiency test is waived off for applicants who got their bachelor’s from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.



Interviews are by invitation only and every accepted applicant has to take one. US based applicants have to interview on the Darden campus. International applicants can interview during admissions events or through Skype.


You will have to submit a new application and ONE new recommendation. Additional recommendations are optional

Essay: What have you done to improve your candidacy since you last applied? (100 words)