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Round 2 Updates From Darden MBA Program

Selected Round 2 applicants will continue to receive invitations to interview both on and off-campus, notes a recent update on the UV Darden School of Business MBA admissions blog. In fact, those highly coveted invites …

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Selected Round 2 applicants will continue to receive invitations to interview both on and off-campus, notes a recent update on the UV Darden School of Business MBA admissions blog.

In fact, those highly coveted invites will go out up until the decision release date, which is March 25th.

If you’re interested in scheduling a class visit—always a great idea—take note that no visits are available in March due to spring break and exam schedule. Full-time MBA class visits will start up again in April, with registration opening up in late March.

Admitted students can look forward to attending Darden Days on April 11-12, 2014, a weekend of events to show you what the Darden experience is all about, as well as opportunities to meet potential roommates. This event also includes a mock class taught by Darden faculty members.

As mentioned above, application status will be updated on March 25th, so hang in there and best of luck to Darden’s Round 2 hopefuls.

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Upcoming MOOCs Offered by UV Darden School of Business

 

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Upcoming MOOCs Offered by UV Darden School of Business

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a big proponent of massive online open courses (MOOCs). As Dean Robert Bruner, an early adopter of innovative technologies to improve management education, notes in a recent …

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a big proponent of massive online open courses (MOOCs). As Dean Robert Bruner, an early adopter of innovative technologies to improve management education, notes in a recent interview, “Everyone says ‘you’re a business school, why are you giving it away for free,’ but we’re proud to count ourselves as one of the most active business schools in online learning,” says the dean. “MOOCs are consistent with our mission and we’re learning a great deal about digital instruction with practice.”

This top-ranked MBA program believes MOOCs are a great way to become acquainted the school’s faculty and boost your business knowledge before enrolling in business school. With that in mind, registration is open until Thursday, December 5th, for Darden Professor Jeanne M. Liedtka’s five-week course on Design Thinking for Business Innovation.

The course, which consists of a series of videos and on-line discussions, is designed for anyone interested in innovation in an organizational context and answers the following questions:

  • What is design thinking?
  • How can we prepare ourselves to be leaders of innovation?
  • How can you use design thinking to generate ideas?
  • How can you use design thinking to test ideas?
  • What kind of changes can we expect to see coming out of the design thinking process?

If you’re interested in taking a future course with Darden faculty, check out these offerings scheduled to begin in 2014:

MOOCs may not provide actual course credit, but if MBA applicants have the self-motivation to complete the course and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject matter, admissions committees would look favorably on one’s dedication to deepening his or her knowledge base.

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UVA Darden MBA Essay Tips

Darden was the trendsetter two years ago when they first introduced the single MBA essay question. The other school most devoted to the case method, HBS, has followed suit this year and many other programs …

Darden was the trendsetter two years ago when they first introduced the single MBA essay question. The other school most devoted to the case method, HBS, has followed suit this year and many other programs have streamlined the number of questions or the word counts for the essay portion of the application.

While writing only 500 words may seem simple, it gives you much less room to highlight all of the important parts of your profile for the admissions committee. Writing a compelling essay with such limited space is actually quite challenging and requires you to focus only on the most important aspects you need to communicate. Leadership is crucial to future Darden MBAs. Personal qualities are also crucial to Darden, a school with a small, tight-knit community. Learn more about the school by visiting the Darden website, attending events and speaking with current students and alumni.

MBA Application Essay Question:
Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. What did you learn about yourself? (500 words maximum)

In this question Darden is asking to understand how you behave in a challenging or complex situation and what such challenges have taught you about yourself. The best use of this essay space will use specific examples to illustrate how you handled the challenge or problem and how you arrived at your change in perspective.

Before you start answering the question it may help to brainstorm some of your best professional accomplishment stories. As you think about the areas where you have excelled you may find that many of your accomplishments were preceded by a challenge or problem you needed to solve. Work backgrounds from the accomplishment to see where the challenge or issue arose and how you transformed it into a learning experience.

Once you have a list of all of the potential experiences to discuss, choose the examples that will also demonstrate some of your personal qualities to the admissions committee. You have your career history submitted in your resume. Your GPA, transcript and GMAT will demonstrate academic ability. This essay is one of your few opportunities to show how you think, what your leadership approach is, and how you handle teamwork and conflict. Think about the situations that showcased your best performance at work, or that taught you something about your interests or future career goals.

Because you have only one essay question to present yourself, make sure you have a trusted reader to tell you if you are effectively communicating why you are going to be a strong leader who deserves a spot in the UVA Darden MBA class.

Looking for perspective in your approach to your Darden MBA application? Contact us to discuss how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help.

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UV Darden 2013-2014 MBA Application Deadlines

The Darden Admissions & MBA Blog at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has posted these application deadlines for the upcoming MBA admissions season. Round 1: October 15, 2013 Round 2: January 7, …

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The Darden Admissions & MBA Blog at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has posted these application deadlines for the upcoming MBA admissions season.

Round 1: October 15, 2013

Round 2: January 7, 2014

Round 3: March 27, 2014

The online application will be available by the beginning of August.

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UV Darden MBA Program Announces Single Essay Prompt

Will abbreviated MBA application essays officially become a trend (see HBS)? The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, which required just one essay prompt in last year’s application, will again pose a single essay …

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Will abbreviated MBA application essays officially become a trend (see HBS)? The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, which required just one essay prompt in last year’s application, will again pose a single essay question for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle.

Here it is:

Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. What did you learn about yourself? (500 words maximum)

Stay tuned for the updated application deadlines, coming soon. For more information, visit Darden MBA admissions.

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UV Darden Admissions Updates

The MBA blog from University of Virginia Darden School of Business recently posted a few important reminders and clarifications for current and upcoming applicants. Round one applications have already been reviewed, for the most part, …

The MBA blog from University of Virginia Darden School of Business recently posted a few important reminders and clarifications for current and upcoming applicants.


Round one applications have already been reviewed, for the most part, but the admissions committee is still reading and conducting interviews either on campus or via Skype for international applicants. Darden will continue to extend interview invitations until the final decision release date coming up December 19, 2012.

If you do receive a request for an interview, the turn-around time between receiving the request and coming to Charlottesville is generally one to two weeks, though the school notes it can be somewhat flexible on timing.

Some MBA candidates planning to apply for the Round two deadline on January 9, 2013 have asked whether they can submit an optional essay, which many other programs allow. The admissions committee candidly admits they don’t want to read an extra essay, but do offer a section for additional comments that applicants may use should they feel the need to elaborate or clarify any issues.

If you do land on the waitlist, UV Darden asks that you keep in touch and provide updates if anything in your personal or professional life changes.  The admissions committee will continue to review your application in subsequent rounds. Candidates should note that you can’t be placed on the waitlist without an interview.

Classes are already out of session, so UV Darden won’t be scheduling visits or open houses this month. Any R2 applicants who had hoped to make a school visit prior to hitting submit will have to wait until late January when classes are once again in session.

That doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck however, since current students are hosting a series of coffee chats in their hometowns around the world throughout December and January. This is a great way for prospective students  to learn more about UV Darden straight from the source, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity if you find a student host near you!

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