The entering class of fall 2012 has 320 people in it and is 35% female and 65% male. The average age of students is 27 years. The mean GMAT score is 703 and the mean undergraduate GPA is 3.48. More than 50% of the students have undergrad majors in business administration or humanities/social science (26% each). This is followed by 18% in engineering/science/math, 13% in economics, and 17% in other categories.
Darden Academics Related to Management
First, if you are considering applying to Darden, then you must read up on the case method of instruction. This is a cornerstone of the Darden MBA program and an understanding of this method is essential if you want to understand Darden academics. (Read about the case method here.)
The entire first year curriculum is made up of core courses. The second year is exclusively electives. The idea is to provide all students with a strong, common foundation in general management and global business leadership.
- Management Communication
- Global Economies and Markets
- Financial Management and Policies
- Accounting for Managers
- Operations Management
- Leading Organizations
- Decision Analysis
- Business Ethics
- Strategic Thinking and Action
Electives in the area of Management:
- Management Communications
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior
- Strategic Communication
In addition Darden also offers specialty areas so students can focus on specific industries: These specialties include Energy; Health Care; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate; Retail & Luxury Goods; Social Enterprise; and Technology.
To help students shape and design their second year elective curriculums, they may choose to concentrate in a particular area. Career and theme track concentrations of interest to management students Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy Consulting, Corporate Innovation, and Business Development and Growth. Students may choose up to two concentrations.
- Darden Business Design Club
- Consulting Club
- Business and Public Policy Club (B&PP)
- Darden Emerging Markets Development Club (EMDC)
- Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVC)
- General Management and Operations Club (GMO)
- Health Care Club (HCC)
- Media, Entertainment and Sports Club (MES)
- Net Impact at Darden
21.4% of Class of 2012 students received job offers with a general management function and an average base salary of $104,892.
The previous year (in 2011), 10% of this same class had general management internships with average weekly income of $1,503.
To see the broad array of companies recruiting at Darden, please Companies Hiring Darden Students page on the Darden site.
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