Overview

Applicants
704
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
650 - 710
GPA
3.08 - 3.62

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
May 15

Round 1
October 14

Round 2
January 6

Round 3
April 6

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
80

62
Full-time
38
Part-time
20
Female
3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville offers a range of management education options to accommodate professionals at all stages of their career. The traditional two-year MBA program is a full-time, on-campus option that features a core curriculum of management classes and a summer internship after the first year. These classes incorporate a high level of practical learning, “an element of group assignments,” and real-world projects. They also work on a modular academic calendar, wherein students take seven-week intense courses followed by an exam week. While these modules “definitely feel like sprints where each class is packed with a firestorm of information,” students find that “the pace is fast but manageable.” That may be because, while students are required to complete a concentration in order to graduate—choosing from Brand Management, Corporate Finance, Human and Organization Performance, and Investment Management—they are given freedom as early as the second module of their first year. This allows them to customize their curriculum with electives of personal interest and to take cross-disciplinary courses at Vanderbilt’s other graduate schools, which can make the work more engaging and therefore more motivating to complete.

At Vanderbilt, class sizes “are small enough to get to know everyone in your class and those the year above and below you,” and “the collaborative nature of the work” is one of students’ favorite aspects of their time here, as it helps to “get comfortable with communicating and working with other people with various styles.” To further those skills, there are “opportunities to lead and work on teams because of the class size,” with many here treating club leadership positions “very much like a full-time job.” Overall, Vanderbilt offers “a rigorous, high quality, yet personal education in a vibrant location” where “professors know your name [and] you get individualized attention/development.” As one student puts it, “You have every opportunity to learn, lead, and grow.”

Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Human Resources
Finance
International Business
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
Product Management
Real Estate

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration
Finance
Healthcare Administration
Marketing

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Marketing


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
MGT 6423 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability MGT 6420 The Future of Energy Markets in a Low-Carbon Economy MGT 6428 Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship MGT 6429 Projects in Social Entrepreneurship MGT 421 Financial Analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance Data

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Students can apply as research assistants on faculty research in this area. Students can work independently with faculty on sustainability research and projects.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Project Pyramid- A semester-long class for Vanderbilt graduate students seeking to learn about poverty alleviation through market driven forces in partnership with organizations seeking to create impact and social change. Two teams worked on a semester-long project that allowed them to spend a week in Ecuador with local tea producers who focus on best sustainable farming practices in rural parts of the country and the Amazon. https://turnerfamilycenter.com/

School's environmental commitment 2:
During Net Impact?s annual Impact Week, students were encouraged to make a personal environmentally focused pledge. Many students pledged to not buy single use plastics, not to drive to school, or reduce their water usage. At the end of the week participants discussed their experiences, shared tips to make less of an impact going forward, and set new personal long-term goals.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$111,168
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
90%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
78%
School Facilitiated
22%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
78%
School Facilitiated
22%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

29%
Consulting
22%
Finance/Accounting
18%
Marketing
14%
General Management
6%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Other
5%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

51%
South
18%
West
13%
Northeast
7%
Midwest
7%
Southwest
2%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
International

Students Say

Each student is expected to spend their first summer at Vanderbilt in an internship, which is an automatic career jumpstart. The school has “wide recognition … as a highly reputable academic school,” which helps a student’s odds of landing a job from that first position: 50 percent of the most recent class returned from their internship with a job offer. Similarly, the Career Management Center has “strong recruiting partnerships” and arranges for students to visit with executives and alumni in cities across the country in order to get firsthand experience and explore job options. These opportunities include programs such as Wall Street Week, Consulting Trek, and Day in the Bay: San Francisco. There are also career-focused short courses such as Brand Week, a Real Estate Capstone, and structured trips to major international business cities. As for alumni, they are “extremely helpful and want to see the current students succeed.” One enrollee shares, “It makes you want to give back if you are lucky enough to be in the position” to “advise on what should be the best career path.”

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 29% $135,000 $125,545 $63,000 $155,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $105,000 $106,789 $40,000 $130,000
Marketing / Sales 18% $105,000 $99,977 $48,000 $142,000
General Management 14% $110,000 $111,933 $75,000 $135,000
Operations / Logistics 6% $104,000 $108,857 $88,000 $130,000
Other 6% $90,000 $96,000 $75,000 $140,000
Human Resources 5% $106,500 $106,250 $95,000 $115,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 25% $135,000 $128,414 $63,000 $155,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 21% $112,000 $112,213 $90,000 $140,000
Financial Services 13% $115,000 $108,813 $40,000 $125,000
Technology 13% $118,000 $114,300 $52,000 $142,000
Consumer Products 6% $105,000 $104,143 $90,000 $125,000
Other 6% $90,000 $95,000 $75,000 $110,000
Manufacturing 5% $105,000 $102,133 $88,000 $105,800
Media / Entertainment 3% $58,750 $61,375 $48,000 $80,000
Real Estate 3% $100,000 $100,000 $95,000 $105,000
Petroleum / Energy 2% $85,000 $88,333 $75,000 $105,000

Prominent Alumni

David Farr
CEO, Emerson

Tim Murray
CEO, Alba

Adena Friedman
President & CEO, Nasdaq

Doug Parker
Chairman & CEO, American Airlines

Josue Gomes de Silva
Chairman & CEO, Coteminas (Brazil)

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$67,910

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$24,350

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
86%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
83%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
89%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
87%

New Students Receiving Loans
43%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$56,150
Tuition (Out-State)
$56,150
Fees (In-State)
$600
Fees (Out-State)
$600

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-State)
$0
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$0
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,710
Academic Expenses
$1,820

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
354

In State
18.0%
Out of State
82.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

7.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
15.00%
International

28% female
72% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Nashville is “a great city with plenty to do,” but students often stick close to Owen, as “the school does a great job of providing opportunities to stay engaged and build community.” And even though Fridays are considered part of the weekend, “they are typically spent in Owen doing work and preparing for Mondays.” Group projects automatically build connections between students, but the school also has “a plethora of clubs,” many social activities, and “a thing to do every night if you want.” One student says, “Between companies hosting recruiting events, Vanderbilt sporting events, and club/social activities, you will never be bored at Owen.” Even with so much going on, peers here are “eager to help one another,” and the general culture is one of “cooperation, teamwork, and making sure that the business school experience isn't a zero-sum game.” To give everyone equal opportunity, the school is “extremely welcoming to partners [of students] and seeks to intentionally include them in events and clubs.” This leads to a “small-town feeling amongst the students” that is helped even more by “fun schoolwide events like our crawfish boil and bubbly brunch that bring together the whole school.” Another attendee shares, “From the professors to your fellow classmate's pets, everyone gets to know everyone.” To that end, Vanderbilt works with the goal of promoting “network building among the various schools,” and there is also an “amazing library with enough study rooms and study space for everyone.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Christie St-John
Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

Address
401 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Phone
615-322-6469

Fax
615-343-1175

Email
mba@vanderbilt.edu


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