By UVA - Darden January 4, 2012 Leave a Comment

To participate in the next Weekly Wednesday Admissions Chat, log into the chat any Wednesday from 12:30-1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). A few of the questions from last week’s chat are included below:

Question: I am trying to figure out what needs to be completed by the next deadline in order to be considered on time. Do my recommenders need to complete their part by the deadline as well?

Answer: Your application should be complete on 1/12 to be considered for Round 2. This includes the recommendations. However, there is typically a grace period of 1 or 2 days before your application is pushed to the next (April 4) round.

Question: It looks like there is only one essay to be submitted for the Darden application, which seems quite specific. Some other schools have a way to include an optional essay for such things. Are there any other opportunities to convey a few details about my profile and achievements that I believe are not clearly represented on my resume?

Answer: It is true that there is only one essay. If you want the Admissions Committee to consider additional information, you can email it to Admissions ( and request that it be considered with your application.

Question: Is the MBA for Executives program suitable only for execs?  I’m a 32 year old operations engineer without executive experience. Would I still be a candidate for the executive MBA program?  If not, how could I pursue an MBA at UVA while continuing my profession?

Answer: The range of managerial experience within the MBA for Executives program varies. It ranges from project managers to C-level executives. For the purpose of admissions to the MBA for Executives or Global MBA for Executives programs, we define a manager as someone who has responsibility for managing any of these: people, projects, processes, programs or budgets. If you are curious about the potential match between your experience and one of our Exec MBA programs, I’d suggest you email your resume to and you can have a pre-application conversation.

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