Message From the Dean

Only 13 business schools in the United States today (out of almost 510) share the following criteria: They are accredited, ranked and highly selected (reflected by an average GMAT score of 700 and more). Investors to Darden have fueled the School's rise to this top tier. 

Among the 13 schools  and the almost 16,000 schools across the globe that offer degrees in business — Darden's specialties often rank in the coveted Top 10. Overall, the School is recognized by The Economist for delivering the best graduate business education experience in the world.

Always active, never passive, the Darden experience is often described as intensive, exhilarating and life-changing. Underpinning that experience are the University of Virginia's longstanding and unwavering dedication to integrity and its storied history of developing leaders.

Because of our donors, we are able to support Darden's renowned scholars across its MBA, Executive Education and Ph.D. programs — scholars who push the boundaries of business knowledge, nurture innovation and offer ideas for action. In doing so, they develop entrepreneurial and responsible global leaders who are prepared to step forward when others will not.

The collaboration and investment of Darden's dynamic network of alumni, corporations and friends in the School is transformation and makes a difinitive impact on the world: on people, organizations and communities.

Robert F. Bruner
Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration