Master of Business Administration Program
Office of M.B.A. Admissions
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
100 Darden Boulevard
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
Application Candidates are encouraged to visit the Darden
Web site to obtain detailed information on admissions procedures and requirements;
to apply online or request mailing of application materials; to schedule interviews
or class visits; and to learn of upcoming events and activities.
The Darden School seeks to admit people whose academic ability,
leadership potential and experience, and personal qualities indicate that they
can contribute to, and benefit from, the program. All applicants are considered
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political
affiliation, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
The application requires completion of four essays, transcripts
of all academic work, and two letters of recommendation. All applicants are
required to take the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) administered through
the Educational Testing Service. Applicants whose native language is not English
must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) also administered
by the Educational Testing Service.
Interviews, while not required, are strongly recommended and
become part of the evaluation process. Candidates are encouraged to visit the
school, attend a class with current students, and interview with a member of
the admissions staff. Visits are scheduled between September and March when
classes are in session.
The Darden Graduate School of Business Administrations
financial aid program assists students in meeting the cost of earning an M.B.A.
through a combination of school-based scholarships, grants, and third-party
loans, in addition to federal loans. No financial assistance will be offered
in the form of employment, and students should not plan to work during the school
year. Loans, need-based grants, and scholarships are used to complement each
other, and, in the administration of the schools program, consideration
is given to differences in need arising because of differences in tuition applicable
to Virginians and non-Virginians, and other factors.
The Darden School awards scholarship, need-based grant, and
loan assistance to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of
the United States. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are offered
to international students.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking any type of financial
aid through the University must file a statement of financial resources. The
Office of Financial Aid requires that applicants use the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The applicant must complete all student portions
of this form.
The required FAFSA and University financial aid forms can be
obtained via the Darden Website at http://darden.edu/financialaid/index.htm.
Financial aid decisions are made, and admitted students notified
of awards, beginning in March. In order to receive timely award notification,
applicants who wish to be considered for loan assistance should apply by May
Applicants will not be considered for financial assistance
until they have been admitted to the Darden School and submitted other required
documents. The admissions decision is made without regard to an applicants
Grants and Scholarships
At some point throughout the two year program nearly 45 percent
of all Darden students receive merit scholarship or need-based grant assistance
from the school in amounts ranging from $2,500 to full tuition and stipend.
The school awards its limited grant funds on a need basis. The sources of scholarship
and grant aid are the unrestricted funds of the school, gifts and bequests,
and special contributions from business concerns and persons interested in encouraging
business education and supporting the Darden School.
A Darden Financial Aid Application is required and should be
submitted by May 1.
The following is a current list of fellowships and scholarships
offered by the Darden School. The availability, addition, or deletion of individual
scholarships may vary.
First-year merit scholarships, contingent upon satisfactory
academic performance of a "B" average (3.0), and need-based grants,
are automatically carried over to the students second year at the Darden
School, unless superseded by a higher valued scholarship or grant.
Batten Media Fellowship An endowed fellowship established
in 1988 by media entrepreneur Frank Batten, these fellowships are awarded to
candidates engaged in careers at newspapers or in other news gathering organizations
who show deep commitment to careers in the news media and demonstrate high potential
for achievement and leadership. A special application must be obtained from
Dardens Office of Financial Aid and interviews will be conducted by the
Director of Financial Aid and the Vice-President of Communications.
Batten Scholarships Full- and half-tuition scholarships
are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with an entrepreneurial
spirit, demonstrated leadership skills, and a drive for innovation as noted
in the admissions application material.
Chesapeake M.B.A./Masters of Engineering
Scholarship Established by the Chesapeake Corporation Foundation in
Richmond, this scholarship supports joint-degree M.B.A./M.E. students. There
is no set award amount. To qualify, a student must be admitted to both programs.
A special application for the joint degree program is available from the Darden
Colgate W. Darden Scholarship Established in 1981.
James W. Davant-Paine Webber Scholarship An endowed
scholarship for deserving second year students at the Darden School interested
in Financial Services.
Joel Dean Scholarship Annual scholarship awarded to
deserving second year student(s).
Franklin Family Fellowship An endowed fellowship established
by Dr. Carl Mason Franklin, Dr. Sterling C. Franklin, Dr. Laurence C. Franklin
and Wei-ching Kwong Franklin to attract first year M.B.A. students to Darden
from the Asia Pacific region, and to help them with financial support while
they are studying at Darden.
Frank E. Genovese Fellowship An endowed fellowship for
second year students at the Darden School. Those eligible are in the top third
of the first-year class after their first semester, and express a desire to
seek employment in direct operating management positions in decentralized manufacturing
companies or to own their own businesses.
Gould Incorporated Fellowship An endowed fellowship
established by the Gould, Inc. Foundation for second year students at the Darden
Henry Clay Hofheimer II Fellowship For a second year
student at the Darden School who is a resident of Virginia or North Carolina
and a graduate of a Virginia or North Carolina college.
Honeywell Scholarship Established in 1987 by the Allied-Signal
Foundation and awarded to outstanding second year students who are U.S. or Canadian
citizens interested in working in manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on financial
need, intellectual capacity, and leadership qualities.
Industrial Relations Counselors Scholarship A full-tuition,
scholarship awarded to an incoming international student on the basis of scholarship,
leadership, dedication to an international management career in Asia, and financial
need, renewable in the second year with satisfactory academic performance.
Lee R. Johnston Scholarship An endowed scholarship established
to honor Lee R. Johnston, one of Dardens great professors, who served
students, executives, and fellow faculty members for 33 years before retiring.
Awarded to second year M.B.A. or doctoral students concentrating on entrepreneurship.
Robert E. Lamb II Deans Scholarship A two-year
scholarship awarded every other year to an incoming student who shows the greatest
promise of success in business as determined by the Dean of the Darden School.
The renewal in the second year is contingent upon the recipient meeting the
conditions of satisfactory academic performance.
Robert E. Lamb Scholarship An endowed scholarship established
by Robert E. Lamb, II (M.B.A. 70), for a second year student with an entrepreneurial
spirit at the Darden School.
Landmark Communications Incorporated Scholarship For
second year students at the Darden School who have demonstrated academic excellence
in their first year.
Henry Wayne and Annie Griffin Lewis Scholarship An endowed
scholarship established with a gift from Samuel A. Lewis, a former member of
the Darden Foundations Board of Trustees, in honor of his parents for
students at the Darden.
Macfarlane Fellowship An endowed scholarship established
in 1990 by John G. Macfarlane III, for second-year students at the Darden School
who show financial need, display academic achievement in finance, and plan to
pursue a career in finance.
John Patterson Mast Memorial Scholarship Established
in September of 1988 by Mrs. Louise Gilmer Mast, in honor of her late husband
to fund scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need and were either
born in or are current residents of twenty-two southwestern Virginia Counties-
Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson,
Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scot, Smyth, Tazewell,
Washington, Wise, and Wythe.
Edward May Scholarship An endowed scholarship established
by Edward Mays family for second year students at the Darden School.
Fred W. McWane Memorial Fund Fellowship An endowed fellowship,
established to honor one of the original founders of the School in recognition
of the scope and magnitude of his contributions, for second year students at
the Darden School with financial need.
Henry E. McWane Scholarship An endowed scholarship established
in recognition of Henry E. McWane, the first president of the Darden School
Foundation Trustees, for second year students at the Darden School with financial
Tayloe Murphy Scholarship Established in 1987 with gifts
originally contributed for the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration.
No restrictions are placed on the selection process by which deserving second
year students are awarded scholarships.
Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship [Separate Application
required via Muskie Foundation] Annual fellowship established by the U.S. Congress
in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in the countries of the
former Soviet Union by allowing citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Ukraine, and Uzbekistan to have the opportunity to study business administration.
Fellowship covers tuition and a living stipend. Application information at www.actr.org or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Kenneth Nahigian Memorial Fellowship An endowed fellowship
established by Kenneth Nahigians family, friends, and Darden alumni as
a memorial to be awarded by the faculty to second year Darden students of outstanding
caliber and promise, and demonstrated financial need.
Marion M. and Samuel T. Pendleton Fellowship This fellowship
of full tuition is awarded to worthy admitted candidates who are citizens of
Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
including England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The fellowship recipient
will demonstrate high leadership and academic qualities and show a seriousness
of purpose to serve his/her home country in the public or private sector. In
the event that a qualified candidate worthy of receiving a full fellowship is
not available from the limited geographic regions listed above, the Darden School
First Year Scholarship Committee may broaden the pool of admitted candidates
to be considered to include citizens of any country who were or are considered
a part of the British Commonwealth.
D. W. and G. B. Richardson Scholarship Originally established
in 1956, this scholarship honors Douglas W. and George B. Richardson.
William Richmond Scholarship For second-year students
at the Darden School who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest
Roger H. Sherman Fund An endowed fund established by
Lucille H. Sherman as a memorial to her husband, Roger H. Sherman, for students
at the Darden School who give promise of becoming outstanding citizens.
William Wooding Sihler Scholarship An endowed scholarship
fund established in 2000 by alumni of the Darden School in recognition of Professor
Bill Sihlers dedication to students and learning. The Sihler Scholarship(s)
will be made without regard to need; to candidates accepted for admission to
the first year M.B.A. Program, whose academic record is above average and who
have demonstrated entrepreneurial ability.
Sydney F. Small Memorial Fellowship Fund An endowed
scholarship fund established with income from a trust bequeathed by a former
and dedicated supporter of the Darden School for students at the Darden School.
Daniel Kerr Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund Established
in honor of Daniel Kerr Stewart by a generous gift of Jonathan Bryan III and
C. M. Tribble of Richmond Virginia. For second year students at the Darden School
who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year.
Thomas I. Storrs Scholarship An endowed scholarship
established by the NCNB Corporation in honor of Thomas I. Storrs, their former
chairman and chief executive officer. For second year students at the Darden
School who, like Thomas Storrs, exhibit the qualities of scholarship and leadership
that will make them both effective businesspersons and humanitarians.
Julius Tahija East Asian Studies Scholarship Established
in honor of Mr. Tahija, an Indonesian industrialist, whose primary interest
is in joint American/Asian ventures, for students enrolled in the M.B.A./M.A.
at the Darden School.
TEP Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by
the TEP classes of 1988 and 1989 for deserving second year students at the Darden
School in their pursuit of an M.B.A. degree.
Morton G. Thalhimer Fellowship An endowed fellowship
for the encouragement and assistance of students at the Darden School whose
attitudes exemplify outstanding qualities of personal character and integrityqualities
so respected and exemplified by the man for whom the fellowship is named.
Ernest and Patricia Wuliger Scholarship An endowed scholarship
established by friends and family of Ernest Wuliger, chairman of the board of
Ohio Mattress Company and Patricia Wuliger, for students of the Darden School
who show promise of significant academic achievement and demonstrated financial
Class of 1957 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship An endowed
scholarship established by the Class of 1957 in memory of the Darden Schools
founding dean. For students at the Darden School who bring a diversity of work
experience to the classroom from non-traditional work backgrounds in areas unique
to the applicant pool.
Class of 1958 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship An endowed
scholarship established by the Class of 1958 in memory of the Darden Schools
founding dean for second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1962 Reynolds C. "Bucky" Siersema Memorial
Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students
at the Darden School.
Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund An endowed scholarship
for outstanding second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1967 Scholarship For outstanding second year
students at the Darden School.
Class of 1968 William E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1970 Scholarship for Creative Management An
endowed scholarship established by the Class of 1970 in recognition of Everard
Meade, a retired Darden School lecturer, for second-year M.B.A. students at
the Darden School who have exemplified qualities of creative leadership and
have demonstrated need.
Class of 1972 Scholarship Established in 1987 by the
Class of 1972, the Killgallon Family Foundation, and the Ohio Art Company for
first year M.B.A. students.
Class of 1972 Twentieth Reunion Scholarship Established
in 1992 by the Class of 1972 as their twentieth reunion gift.
Class of 1974 Fred Richardson Scholarship An endowed
scholarship established by the Class of 1974 in memory of a true gentleman,
Fred Richardson, a retired member of the Darden School faculty. For students
at the Darden School, with preference to those with hearing or physical impairments.
Class of 1977 Scholarship An endowed scholarship
for outstanding second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1982 Scholarship An endowed scholarship for
outstanding second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1986 Peter J. Niehaus Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship, established by the Class of 1986 in memory of their
classmate for second year students at the Darden School.
Class of 1987 G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award Fellowship
An endowed award extended annually by the marketing faculty to a student who
exhibits "solid marketing skills, innovative thinking, and compassion for
his or her fellow students."
Darden Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
The following scholarships and fellowships are held by the
Darden Foundation and adjudicated by the Darden Foundation Scholarship Board.
Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Class of 1975 in memory of their classmate. Award is
to entice female candidates to the Darden School who otherwise might not attend.
A scholarship equal to tuition and fees is awarded to a new student each year
such that there would be two Quattrocchi scholars in school (one in the first
year, one in the second year).
Consortium Fellowships [Separate application required
through the Consortium] The Consortium is an eleven-member university alliance
designed to increase the enrollment of African American, Hispanic, and Native
American students in M.B.A. programs and ultimately in managerial positions
in business. Each candidate who qualifies for admission to a Consortium-member
M.B.A. school competes for a full-tuition fellowship at that school. The Darden
Foundation Scholarship Board awards several fellowships each year. For more
information and application materials, contact:
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
200 S. Hanley Road, Suite 1102
St. Louis, MO 63105-3415
El Paso Energy Masters of Business Administration Scholarship
Established in 1996 by the Sonat Foundation for the Darden School. A $15,000
renewable scholarship is offered to an incoming First-Year under-represented
student with financial need. The scholarship is offered in the spring of odd
numbered years. The recipient will be known as the El Paso Energy Scholar. Only
one is in effect at any one time.
Virginia Kincaid Scholarship An annual scholarship established
to honor Virginia Morris Kincaid. This scholarship is available to female candidates
who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who demonstrate
an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership skills, and a drive for transformational
Charles J. Lewis Scholarship Established in 1985
by Mr. Lemuel E. Lewis, a member of the Board of Managers of the University
of Virginia Alumni Association and a Darden alumnus, in memory of his father,
Charles J. Lewis. This scholarship is to be given to Virginia students, with
preference to minorities.
Merrill Lynch Minority Fellowship Established
by Merrill Lynch in 2001, this fellowship is available to minority applicants
interested in pursuing a career in investment banking. The Merrill Lynch Fellowship
offers potential internship opportunities for the summer between first and second
J.P. Morgan Chase Fellowship Established in 1997 by
Chase Manhattan Bank to assist minority students interested in careers in the
financial services industry. In December 2000, J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated
and The Chase Manhattan Corporation merged to form J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
The new company has maintained its legacy commitment to this fellowship program.
John A. Powell Scholarship Established to provide need-based
support to under-represented students who have an interest in wealth creation
and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Arnold and Katherine Snider Scholarship Established
in 1998 to support a first or second year minority student at the Darden School.
John L. Snook, Jr., Minority Scholarship Established
in 1989 by family and friends of John L. Snook, Jr. a former faculty member
of the Darden School. Awarded to minority students with priority given to someone
interested in the non-profit section. Awarded to a second year student.
More than 85 percent of Darden students obtain loans to finance
all or part of the cost of their Darden education. Loans are available to enrolled
graduate students and range from short-term emergency loans to long-term loans
intended to finance major educational costs. Loan money is available to all
students who qualify for it, and prospective students should not be deterred
from applying for admission if they are willing to undertake long-term loans.
For further information, contact the Darden School Financial Aid Office, (434)
M.B.A. Academic Program
The Darden Schools two-year program leading to a degree
of Master of Business Administration prepares men and women of high promise
to act as action-oriented graduates who take an enterprise perspective
and lead with integrity, vision, judgment, determination, and social responsibility
. This objective is achieved through a uniquely integrated program that provides
an understanding of the fundamental areas of business while it develops the
capacity to analyze managerial problems and present intelligent and resourceful
solutions to these problems. Through the study of real business situations,
the student is involved in a breadth and depth of analysis impossible to gain
in years of on-the-job training. The M.B.A. program compresses experience.
The Darden case-method approach places significant responsibility
for self-development on the individual student. The content and methodology
of the M.B.A. program are carefully planned and coordinated by the faculty,
but the students themselves determine the quality of the learning process in
the classroom through their preparation and participation. The program is effective
to the extent that both faculty and students share a commitment to make it work.
The Darden School accepts, as an essential function, the goal of making clear
to students their moral responsibilities as managers and leaders, particularly
those obligations to the business community and society at large. The schools
concern with moral values continues the ethical tradition of the University
of Virginia as expressed in the Honor System.
The Case Method Darden students learn by doing; they
develop their decision-making skills daily through the case method of instruction.
Each case presents a real manager with a real decision to make. Included in
the case is information on the organization and the environment in which it
operates. Each case poses the same question: What would you do? Students are
expected to define the issues they identify in the case, use sound analytical
techniques in applying their knowledge to the available data, evaluate the alternatives,
make a reasonable decision, and recommend measures to implement their plan.
The procedure simulates the function of modern managers in a wide variety of
different industries, products, processes, and styles of management.
At the Darden School, the learning process depends on the intense,
daily preparation of each case by each student. Classroom time is spent largely
in discussion, focusing on the definition, analysis, and a wide range of feasible
approaches to a problem. To attain academic and personal growth in this environment,
the student is required to participate in case discussions. During the first
year, classes are limited to about 65 students to facilitate meaningful participation
by all the members of the class. Courses in the second year vary in size, but
case discussion is still the chief learning experience. The cases themselves
are part of a planned sequence, and the growth that each student achieves is
a result of the total experience, not of learning isolated techniques.
While the case-method philosophy dominates the program, other
methodologies are used (role-playing, simulations, field trips, guest lecturers,
and exercises of various sorts) to provide as complete a reflection of reality
as possible. This educational experience blends managerial reality with substantive
knowledge and techniques of analysis to equip students to act confidently in
a complex world.
Curriculum All of the first year courses are required;
the second-year program has one required leadership course to be selected from
a menu of options. No credit is granted for previous course work, and no courses
may be waived. These courses are fully coordinated into a single program that
becomes more than the sum of its parts. While the courses are formally distinct
as outlined in this catalog, each one contributes more than the basic knowledge
of a narrow specialty; it provides an opportunity to use and expand on knowledge
gained in each of the other courses. For example, the problem of determining
cost information for a particular product would normally arise in the study
of accounting, but this information has important significance for marketing,
for operations management, and for the interpersonal relations between people
in these areas. The significance of the accounting decision for each function
would be treated in accounting; but what might well be a satisfactory solution
from the accounting standpoint alone will be modified in the light of its effect
in other areas, and it is this modified solution that the program strives to
reach, since it is the one most likely to work in a real-life situation.
The result of this program is a comprehensive, integrated view
of business. M.B.A. students from the Darden School should use their elective
courses to provide depth in the general areas that reflect their career interests.
Graduates of the Darden School are also well informed and conversant
with current thinking in the traditional functional areas of business; they
are able to use the quantitative methods of the modern business environment;
they understand business applications of the behavioral sciences; and they have
a command of oral and written communication.
With their knowledge and experience of the integrated curriculum,
graduates are qualified to assume leadership in the world of practical affairs
at a more rapid pace than would be possible otherwise. They are better equipped
to think analytically and imaginatively, to solve problems, and to make things
happen, because they understand both the modern techniques and broad environment
of business nationally and internationally.
The First Year Although the course descriptions that
follow suggest a first year of study consisting of a number of independent offerings,
the Darden Schools first year curriculum is unique in its blending of
these ingredients into a program with a purpose and vitality of its own. The
emphasis here is on "program." In a very real sense, Darden M.B.A.s
are engaged during their first year in a nine-month course in the elements of
managerial problem solving and decision makinga course that encompasses
a knowledge of analytical techniques, an understanding of the several functional
areas of business and their interrelationships, and an appreciation of the environment
in which business functions. The different courses are so integrated that the
many skills and attributes of business management are developed simultaneously.
The course of study assumes little background in formal business
education; much of the entering students initial exposure will acquaint
him or her with the vocabulary and concepts of businessaccounting, communications,
finance, marketing, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis, ethics,
operations, macroeconomics, and strategy.
From the very outset, however, the attempt is made to show
interrelationships among subject areas, to apply concepts that are dealt with
in related courses, and to teach more efficiently by avoiding curricular compartmentalization.
Many of the analytical techniques taught by Quantitative Analysis, for example,
will be used immediately by students who face managerial decisions in Operations.
Class schedules reflect particular emphases during the academic
year. During weeks in which Quantitative Analysis and Operations meet frequently,
Marketing may not meet at all. In later weeks all courses may meet. Still later
the emphasis may be on Marketing and Organizational Behavior, with no class
meetings in Accounting. Such flexibility in scheduling supports and emphasizes
the conceptual flow of the first year program.
To ensure that the first year program is integrated in such
a way that relevant material from the various course areas is considered in
the best possible sequence, the first year curriculum is taught as a complete
session rather than in two separate semesters. Under the session system, no
semester grades are recorded; a current unofficial "interim grade"
is given to each student at the normal semester break. Formal grades are determined
at the end of the nine-month session, by which time the faculty has a clear
picture, based on the complete first year experience, of the students
ability to cope with business problems. The one exception is Accounting. Accounting
is taught in the fall semester only; therefore, a final grade of record is recorded
at the end of the fall semester.
The M.B.A. Schedule According to the traditional academic
format, the first year program may be said to contain 45 credits, to be divided
among the following courses:
Business and the Political Economy
Some courses meet more often than others during the academic
year, but all have equal weight for grading purposes.
All graduate business schools promise a challenging program
and a rigorous work load; the Darden School is no exception. Potential students
should be prepared to commit 60 to 80 hours each week to their academic endeavors.
While the following first year schedule is intended only as an example, it does
indicate the degree of commitment expected of our students.
First Year Program
8:00 - 9:25
9:25 - 10:00
9:50 - 11:25
11:45 - 1:10
Prepare cases for next day
Meet with learning teams
At the beginning of the year, students are assigned to learning
teams of five or six students per group. Teams are fluid and usually
change somewhat during the year because of geographic location of members, friendships,
and other factors. The purpose of the teams is to give members a chance to "try
out" ideas on a case before presenting them in class, and to give or receive
help as needed. Teams meet at the school or in the homes of members.
The Second Year The overarching objective of the second year is to reinforce
the mission of the school as captured in its Mission Statement. In addition,
the following are specific objectives of the second year:
- To build on the general management foundation of the first year by providing
students with opportunities to pursue their chosen areas of interest in
- To stimulate the design and offering of innovative and relevant leading-edge
- To develop leadership capabilities in students
- To prepare students for lifelong learning and continued professional development
- To support and facilitate the transition of students into the business
- To support and encourage activities outside the classroom that serve
to enhance the Darden community, develop individual relationships, and foster
a sense of social responsibility
While the second year curriculum is an extension and elaboration
of the structurally integrated first year, it allows flexibility in the selection
of elective courses. That flexibility can be used to develop depth in functional
expertise or breadth in general management perspective.
Standards for the M.B.A. Degree The Darden School requires
a minimum performance standard for its M.B.A. graduates. In addition, the school
has performance standards for the first year program, each semester of the M.B.A.
program, and each course.
An M.B.A. candidate must ordinarily take the equivalent of
20 course units, receiving grades below B- in no more than 4.5 course units
and no grades of F (certain makeup procedures exist for F grades).
A course meeting 34-40 sessions (each of 85 minutes) in the
first year or 30-34 sessions in the second year is defined as one course unit.
A course meeting 16-20 sessions in the first year or 15-17 sessions in the second
year constitutes one-half course unit. An interim grade given at the end of
the first semester of the first year has the course equivalent units of the
entire course for purposes of academic standards.
In administering these standards, the school uses six grades,
defined by the faculty as follows: A, excellent; B+, very good; B, good or satisfactory
graduate work; B-, minimum no-penalty grade; C, not satisfactory as general
level of work but passing for a particular course; F, failure. In addition,
occasions arise that necessitate assigning a grade that falls outside the standard
range. The symbol IN (incomplete), assigned in such cases implies that, for
reasons known to the individual faculty member, an enrolled student has not
completed the work of the course at the end of a specified academic period.
An important element of student performance at the Darden School
is classroom participation. Depending on the appraisal criteria of the instructor
and course, classroom participation frequently accounts for up to 50 percent
of a students grade. This proportion reflects the central role and importance
of active engagement by the student in the learning process.
While assessments about classroom participation are incorporated
into grades received by students at the end of each term, the first-year program
expects each student to be aware of, and responsible for, her or his participation
on an ongoing basis. Although individual faculty, course faculty, or section
faculty may find it appropriate to provide an assessment of student participation
during a term, there is no requirement that they do so on a consistent basis.
The responsibility for being informed of the impact one is having on others
resides with the student. Consistent with this philosophy, a student who is
uncertain about the value added by participation in class is expected to initiate
discussions with faculty and students who can provide an independent perspective.
Session and Semester Grade Requirements
First Semester, First Year A student who, at the end
of the first semester of work, receives final or interim grades below B- in
three or more course units, or a grade of F in courses that have had at least
15 meetings, is required to submit an action plan for grade improvement. This
plan must be submitted prior to registering for spring semester classes and
must be acceptable to the Academic Standards Committee in order to continue
in the program.
End of First Year A student who receives a grade of
F or grades below B- in three or more course units will be notified by the Academic
Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that he or she has failed
to meet the standards for continuing the M.B.A. program. The student may petition
the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.
Second Year At the end of the third semester, a student
who has received a grade of F or grades below B- in four or more course units
shall be notified by the Academic Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the
faculty, that he or she has failed to meet the standards for continuing the
M.B.A. program, but may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.
At the end of the fourth semester, a student who has received
a grade of F or grades below B- in five or more course units will not be recommended
for the M.B.A. degree.
In either semester of the second year, a student who receives
grades below B- in three or more course units shall be notified by the Academic
Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that he or she has failed
to meet the standards for continuing the M.B.A. program, but may petition the
Academic Standards Committee for readmission.