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Darden was an amazing experience. Exceptional curriculum, professors, facilities, and support. Additionally, they picked a phenomenal cohort/fellow classmates. The two years at Darden will be considered one of the highlights of my life. A fantastic educational experience and I'm now being considered/in competition for the next CEO of our company.
While I feel that we had excellent connection to and support from the career services at Darden I think we could have been more tightly integrated with the on campus recruiting that the full time students participated in.
The community is a real hallmark. I chose this program in part because of this reputation and it was true - the opportunity in our classroom to learn from each other and each other's experience was something that the faculty valued and engaged in. The faculty are clearly gifted teachers and highly committed to student learning - this is a fully engaged MBA and the faculty treat it as such. We worked hard but we learned a lot, and we had each other to help us get through what was a tough curriculum.
I wish the second half of the program had online classes like the first half did. There were really good classes in the second half also, and I would have liked to have had more time with those classes.
The case study methodology is an excellent technique to learn/teach how to apply theory into the real world. There were many cases that I had similar experiences to over my 20 years in management. So it allowed me to reflect on how I did approach or resolve the issue versus how the case study did. It allowed me to reflect on my management style and approach to tweak or change how I look at things on a daily basis.
The program would be improved with better elective course selection.
The Darden community is the most unique aspect of the program and it is fostered from Day 1. The community is rooted in an admiration and respect for fellow classmates and a sense of service to the institution and each other. The instructors provide a classroom experience that should be a model for every business school.
Most of the recruiters were looking for full-time day students coming into entry level MBA programs. There could have been more support presenting opportunities for people at our career points.
I am part of a growing number of younger people utilizing non-full time MBA programs. Darden did a good job of allowing me to utilize the career center to pursue opportunities typically available to full time students. I was successful in moving from my government finance job to a job as an Associate at an investment bank, typically a full-time MBA transition.
I think the program's work-load is too front-loaded. The first year core, especially the first six months, are very difficult for most students to survive. From this same perspective, it felt like the elective year was a little light. I think spreading the core out over the two years might dramatically reduce the hardship the program places on students and reduce early program attrition.
My Darden EMBA program was absolutely, in every way, transformational. The most unique aspect was its focus on developing me as a leader; personal, professional, social, spiritual, physical, etc. Law schools, medical school and most business schools do not offer this kind of development coupled with the technical knowledge. The relationships gained and nurtured within my cohort are blood-tight, in a way that I've personally rarely experienced before. And finally, Darden's learning experience - the campus, the case study method, the focus on TEACHING and student development as a priority over research - is second to none.
The ability to take electives with Darden's top instructors would improve the program. The faculty attempted to make up for this criticism by having those top professors teach in our final leadership residency which was a well received gesture but highlighted what we had missed out on by not being able to take their courses.
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