Darden's New Global Executive MBA Program

Posted by: Alison Damast on September 17, 2010

The Global Executive MBA has become one of the hot new degrees in executive education in the last few years, with business schools from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua Full-Time MBA Profile) to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (McDonough Full-Time MBA Profile) launching ambitious programs that send executives to study in locales around the world. Yesterday, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (Darden Full-Time MBA Profile) joined their ranks, announcing plans to launch a new MBA for Executives Global Program (GEMBA) in the fall of 2011.

Students in Darden’s 20-month program will take several two-week residencies over the course of the degree in a handful of countries around the world, including India and China, the school said in a release. They’ll also spend time studying at the Darden campus in Charlottesville, as well in Washington, D.C. The school is aiming to have a class of 40 students, all of whom will be required to have 10 years of work experience, significant management experience and “global leadership potential,” the school said.

“The program will enhance the skills of high-potential executives who need to be ready on day one to do business in any market around the globe,” said Darden Dean Robert Bruner, who announced the program at a reception in Shanghai, China on Sept. 16.

It will be interesting to see if more schools announce their own Global Executive MBA programs in the next few months. Readers, how big a market do you think there is for executive MBA programs with global formats? Would you be interested in signing up for one of them?

Reader Comments

Darlene Burret

September 18, 2010 12:07 PM

I am interested in signing up for this program. Good to see competition.

Teresa Mannix

September 21, 2010 3:34 PM

Georgetown University's Global Executive MBA program actually is a partnership among Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Serivce, and the ESADE Business School in Spain. Over the course of six modules, students study in Washington, D.C.; Barcelona; Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo; Bangalore; Madrid and Moscow; and New York City.

Hernando Espinosa de los Monteros

September 26, 2010 5:27 AM

I am currently studying the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA. We have already done the D.C. module and the Barcelona one. Up to now it’s being a huge experience. The professors are really top professionals and the student cohort is very impressive: we are 29 persons, representing 12 countries with an average work experience of 13 years. The global immersion is a key factor for the managers that want to progress nowadays. I believe that the Global Executive MBA programs are the natural progression for the most demanding senior managers looking to complete their education with an Executive MBA.


September 30, 2010 5:51 AM

I'm a student in Duke's Cross Continent program. After taking the GMAT, I considered applying to UVA's daytime program. Fuqua wasn't on my list until I learned about the CCMBA program. The school is constructing a campus outside of Shanghai and plans to do the same in India and the UAE. I recommend the program for anyone considering applying, but be prepared to put your life on hold. The workload can be overwhelming.

Vardhan Bajpai

October 27, 2010 4:55 PM

I am currently studying at Darden in the MBA for executive program. It is a excellent program. The professors are amazing (best i have seen around) and the batch of people they select is very impressive. Darlene, I wish you the best of Luck in your endeavor related to Darden. Considering the standard of Darden's MBA and MBA of Exec programs i would assume their GEMBA will also be very challenging and fulfilling experience for the potential students. I should also mention that the admission process is very competitive at Darden and would suggest that you put forward your application as soon as possible. Early application always works in favor of the applicants.


December 7, 2010 12:02 PM

My husband is attending Thunderbird right now for his executive global MBA. Thunderbird has a great program and he is really enjoying being out in Arizona and making new business relationships. It's hard to pick a school when there are so many out there, but when he enrolled not everyone had executive programs yet, so we are very happy that he is a Tbird.

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