About Vanderbilt MBA

The Owen Graduate School of Business of Vanderbilt University is situated in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It provides a full-time MBA program that may be finished in two years. The institution offers a wide range of real-world projects to students as well as a flexible curriculum. The Vanderbilt MBA appeals to students who value a concentrated business education across a wide range of disciplines, thanks to its close-knit faculty and several career-oriented study opportunities.

Vanderbilt enrolls roughly 13,800 students from the United States and over 100 other countries each year.

 The Full-time MBA Program

The Vanderbilt GSB allows students to tailor their education to their own needs and professional aspirations. Before interviewing for summer internships, students benefit from the Mod System, which exposes them to the core and optional courses. Students can further personalize their curriculum by adding concentrations, specialties, and emphases, as well as taking advantage of the various immersion learning experiences and independent study courses available.

The estimated expenses at Vanderbilt are as follows – 

Transcript Fee$100
Books & Supplies$500
Health Insurance* (can be waived if proof of comparable coverage elsewhere)$3,491
Maintenance Fee$1,250
Student Services Fee$582
Student Health Fee$738
Loan Fees$1,465
Rent and Utilities ($1,434 monthly over nine months)$12,910
Personal Expenses ($333/mo plus)$2,997

At the time of acceptance, all candidates are automatically assessed for a merit-based scholarship. Academic success, the potential for greatness in a management career, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, application strength, and the capacity to contribute to the Vanderbilt community are all factors considered when awarding scholarships.

Scholarships range in value from $5,000 per year to full tuition, with the entire amount given at the time of enrollment.


·        Dean’s Scholars Program

Vanderbilt’s hallmark scholarship is the Dean’s Scholars Program. Dean’s Scholars are chosen from the incoming class and earn a full tuition award. The Dean’s Scholar Award recipient is chosen from each year’s cohort and gets an extra $15,000 annual stipend.

·        OneOwen Inclusion Award

The OneOwen Inclusion Award recognizes new students who demonstrate the Owen Essentials: Trust, Transparency, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Community, and Innovation and Learning. These basics serve as guiding concepts and assist to explain Vanderbilt’s community values.

Class Profile

The MBA cohort often includes a diverse range of sectors and professional backgrounds, resulting in a genuinely global learning experience.

Prior to entering, students’ industry experience ranges from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. Around 31% of students are international or non-US citizens.

Students’ broad job experience guarantees that they contribute significantly to classroom learning by bringing their different industry experiences to the table. This also promotes peer-to-peer learning outside of the classroom.

The class’s average GMAT score is 690. The infographic below illustrates the Vanderbilt MBA class profile, including information on the student’s gender distribution, age, job experience, and geographical origin.

The average GPA is 3.34.

Owen MBA Curriculum 

The Vanderbilt MBA academic calendar is built on a modular structure of intense courses that last seven weeks plus an exam week. Two “mods” are equivalent to one semester.

Mods allow students to get a head start in their chosen expertise as early as Mod 2 of their first year. Before beginning a summer internship, students might finish major coursework in their sector of interest.

The total number of courses taken over a two-year period provides students with the freedom and flexibility to take electives within their chosen specialty or to branch out by taking courses in cross-functional areas of interest within Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management or other Vanderbilt schools.

Students pursuing a Vanderbilt MBA must study on campus for at least two years and complete a minimum of 62 credit hours. Through 11 obligatory core courses, students receive an intensive and immediate immersion in the principles of management during their first year. During the first two modules, the majority of core courses are taken.

During the second year, students must take an ethics subject while also tailoring their electives to their preferred job path. Beyond the Core, each student will complete at least one Concentration, which consists of 12 credit hours in a single field. Students are then able to choose from a wide range of optional courses that best suit their professional goals.

Students who want to take a “deeper dive” into a field might seek a Specialization of 20 credit hours. Emphases allow students to add 8 credit hours to their course of study in one of three areas.

Placement Statistics 

The Career Management Center (CMC) at Vanderbilt brings decades of graduate-level business school career expertise to bear for students interested in a wide range of occupations. The CMC helps students accomplish amazing results year after year via a time-tested job search methodology, skill-building programs, and strong employer relationships.

Leadership Development Program-

There is no such thing as a Leadership Development Program (LDP). It is an experience that is built on top of students’ studies, job hunts, and extracurricular activities. The Leadership Development Program is not required for the MBA degree, but it is open to all students.

The placement stats for Vanderbilt’s class of 2022 are as follows – 

Notable alumni

Audra Watt, Marketing Director and Global Core Spine Therapy Segment Leader, Medtronic

Heiki Miki, Managing Executive Officer & Division Director, Shinagawa Refractories

Jameson Norton, Chief Operating Officer, Newport Healthcare 

Application Details 

A complete Vanderbilt MBA application includes:

  • A submitted online application
  • Academic transcripts
  • Evaluative interview
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official English Language Exam or approved English Language Exam waiver (for International Candidates)
  • Official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score or approved test waiver
  • Resume
  • Video response
  • Written statements

Application Deadline

Oct. 11, 2022
Dec. 16, 2022
Jan. 19, 2023
Jan. 9, 2023
Mar. 17, 2023
Apr. 18, 2023
Mar. 31, 2023
May 5, 2023
May 19, 2023
May 10, 2023
Rolling Admission
Rolling Admission


Last year there were only two required written statements of 150 words each:

Vanderbilt Essay 1 : What are your short-term career goals after obtaining your MBA and what functional area do you plan to study while in the MBA program? What are some specific skills that you want to develop during your time in business school that will help you achieve your career goals?

Vanderbilt Essay 2 : Please highlight something about yourself that isn’t already captured in the application.