• Below you will find a list of requirements to apply to Darden. As you read through the requirements, watch this interview with Poets & Quants, in which Dawna Clarke shares her thoughts on Darden’s commitment to making business education affordable and how Darden’s No. 1 ranked educational experience provides unique opportunities for women and advances all students' careers.

     We also encourage you to review our step-by-step application process guide and ongoing Application Tips blog series

    Core Data

    The Darden MBA application begins with a request for demographic information, address, education, professional history and so on. The instructions are straightforward and self-explanatory.

    Standardized test score

    Applicants are required to take a standardized test. In our Full-Time MBA application process, we accept the GMAT, GRE, LSAT and MCAT.

    Test scores must be valid as of the deadline date of the round in which you apply. Standardized test scores are considered valid up to five (5) years after the test date. For example, scores for a test taken on September 2, 2019 are valid through September 1, 2024. We will review all test scores when evaluating your candidacy, taking particular note of your highest score. We do not combine scores from multiple test administrations in our review process.  

    We do not require official test scores in order to process and review your application. If offered admission, you will need to submit your official test score report prior to matriculation, and offers of admission are not binding until official scores are received. If discrepancies are found between self-reported and official scores, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

    English Language Test Score

    As much as 50% of a student's grade at Darden depends upon active oral participation in the classroom. The University of Virginia requires demonstrated English proficiency. The recommended way to demonstrate English proficiency is to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. For additional details and guidelines regarding which applicants need to take an English language exam, visit International Applicants.


    Please prepare a business résumé (as opposed to an academic CV) that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates and whether you worked part-time or full-time. As part of this résumé, also include a similar education history that includes dates and degrees, listed in reverse chronological order. The résumé should not be more than one page long.

    Short Answer Questions

    Use the short answer questions to display your writing skills and tell us more about yourself. Emphasize those experiences, values and goals that are most important and meaningful to you. Be sincere and be specific. Tell us what particular experiences and expertise you will bring to the mix. View this year's short answer questions


    We require two recommendations that address the questions asked on our recommendation form. Additional recommendations may be submitted, but they should offer additional and valuable insight. Generally, work-related recommendations are more valuable than academic-related recommendations.

    All recommendations must be submitted electronically. After you have contacted those who will be providing your recommendations, complete the form on the recommender's page of the online application. They will then be sent an email with instructions and a web address to visit in order to complete your recommendation.


    An evaluative interview is conducted by invitation only after your application has been submitted and reviewed by the admissions committee. Interviews play a critical role in our assessment of candidates and are required prior to acceptance into the program. An invitation to interview is a positive indicator no matter when you receive it.

    Candidates living in the United States must interview on Darden Grounds with a member of the Admissions staff or Student Admissions Committee. Candidates living abroad are welcome to interview on Darden Grounds, but are not expected to do so. International interviews are conducted by alumni or admissions committee members during recruiting trips or through Skype.


    It is expected that all applicants to Darden will have either completed their bachelor's degree at a college or university in the United States or hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Darden will also recognize undergraduate degrees that were earned in only three years of study.

    We do not require official transcripts in order to process your application and get it to the committee for review. You have two options for submitting a transcript. The first option is to scan the official or unofficial transcript as a PDF and upload it in the educational history section of the application. The second option is to mail us the transcript. If you decide to mail the transcript instead of self-reporting the uploaded transcript on the application, we must receive it before the deadline. Our online system will not allow you to submit an application without a transcript (either an uploaded scanned copy or the transcript received through the mail).

    If you completed your education in a non-English-speaking institution, you will need to make arrangements to have your academic records translated and sent with the official transcript. All translations must be complete and literal versions of the original records. If offered admission, you will need to send official documents. If there are discrepancies between self-reported academic information and official transcripts, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. Offers of admission are not binding until academic records are verified.

    Residency/In-State Status

    The residency section of the application requests information related to verification of residency to establish in-state status for Virginia residents. Residency status is assigned by the Virginia Status Office at the University. Visit the Virginia Status Office at the University or call +1-434-982-3391 if you need more information.

    Visa Information

    While not a required part of the application, admitted international applicants are required to submit a supplemental Darden Request for Form I-20 outlining the financial resources available for their study in the United States. The Form I-20 must show that a student has the financial resources necessary for both years of study. Timely submission of the Darden Request for Form I-20 expedites issuance of the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 Student Visa. An I-20 cannot be issued until the Darden Request for Form I-20, which can be downloaded from the Admitted Student Portal, has been submitted. All I-20 documentation must be original. No photocopies or faxes are accepted.

    The completed Darden Request for Form I-20 and supporting documents should be mailed to:

    Darden School of Business
    Admissions Office
    100 Darden Boulevard
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

    Application Fee

    A non-refundable application fee of $250 must accompany the application. Online application fees can be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) through Darden's secure server or by check, money order or cashier's check. Credit card payments are preferred.

    May I request an application fee waiver?

    The following are eligible for application fee waivers: Teach for America corps members and alumni (Code: 10029), Peace Corps volunteers (Code: 10039), Education Pioneers fellows (Code: 10049), Forté MBALaunch members (Code: 10059) and U.S. military members (Code: 10019). Citizens of countries on the UN's list of least developed countries also qualify for an application fee waiver (Code: 10089). If you qualify for a waiver, please use the appropriate code when prompted in the application. If you have further questions, please email us at darden@virginia.edu.


    Please note that if you have already received an MBA from an AACSB-accredited school, you are not eligible to apply to Darden.

    Honor Code

    Founded in 1842, the Honor System is one of the University’s most cherished institutions. Based on the principle that students want to be trusted, the UVA Honor Code helps create and strengthen a school-wide community of trust. Students who enroll at the University benefit from the freedom and security provided by the Honor System. Every student must agree to live by and support the spirit of honor. Applicants who are not prepared to embrace this freedom and accept this responsibility should not apply for admission. If you have further questions, please call the committee at +1-434-924-7602 or visit the Honor Committee website. Details of the background and operation of the Honor System are fully explained during Darden Orientation.

    Validity of Application Information

    We expect that the information provided in and for an application will be valid and will accurately represent your qualifications for admission to Darden. If articles contained within the application are ascertained to contain invalid information or misrepresent your qualifications, sanctions will be taken, up to and including the revocation of the MBA degree.