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Future Year Scholars Program - Admissions - MBA

Future Year Scholars Program

Exceptional college students have the opportunity to gain acceptance into one of the world’s top MBA programs before beginning their professional journey.

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Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program invites outstanding college students to join the ranks of a Top 10 business school, before ever gaining work experience. Admitted scholars may choose to begin their MBA after gaining two to five years of work experience.

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Get to Know Darden's Deferred MBA Program

Director of Admissions Katherine Alford shares three reasons why a deferred enrollment pathway is a great option for current undergraduates or students in their final year of a masters program who are yet to enter the workforce. Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program offers deferred enrollment to the Darden MBA program.

One of the biggest differentiators of the Darden experience is the support of the Learning Team. Not only are my learning teammates some of the best people I have met at Darden so far, but are the reason I feel so grounded and secure. Whether it be an academic challenge, a recruiting question, or a friendly face of a hectic day, I know I can count on this group.

Lindsay Bralower (Future Year Scholar)
Class of 2022

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  • Timeline

    Secure Your Spot for the Future

    Secure Your Spot for the Future

    Apply during the final year of your undergraduate program. Any full-time masters student who has not held a full-time work position is also eligible to apply.


    Tap into the network

    Tap into the Network Today

    As admitted scholars, you will have many opportunities to grow your network through engagement with our community, as well as a Darden mentor and individualized career support.


    Gain professional experience

    Gain Professional Experience

    Choose to work for two to five years, gaining insight into the workplace and forming a foundation for your MBA experience.


    Begin at Darden

    Begin at Darden

    Start the MBA program with newfound expertise and perspective. All scholars will be considered for scholarships at the time of admission and may receive additional awards at the time of matriculation.

  • Why Apply?

    Why Apply?

    In addition to receiving an offer of admission to Darden before beginning their professional career, Future Year Scholars receive:

    • Consideration for merit-based awards at the time of admission with additional opportunities for scholarship consideration at the time of matriculation. 
    • Individualized career support.
    • Access to Darden’s student and alumni network, comprised of 18,000+ people spanning 90 countries around the world.
    • Networking opportunities with Future Year Scholars, current students, faculty and alumni at Darden events.

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