UVA - Darden School of Business

Essay Questions for 2020-2021 / Class of 2023

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for The Darden School of Business MBA Program. 


Early Action Deadline: September 2, 2020

Round 1 Deadline: October 5, 2020

Round 2 Deadline: January 4, 2021

Round 3 Deadline: April 7, 2021

All Decisions: Rolling



Below are the short answer essay questions for the Darden MBA 2020-2021 application cycle:

1. Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional, or both. (100 words) 

If you’re going for the Open Interview opportunity offered to Early Action candidates, you need to answer this question before you sign up for the interview.

2. What is your short-term, post-MBA goal and why? (150 words)

3. The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in our full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel? (5 words only), and why? (50 words for the “why”)

4. Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)

5. Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community. Read University of Virginia’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement . Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community, or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview. (200 words)

Visit the UVA Darden website for more application information.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.  Photo by Phil Roeder.