COVID-19 Information

Vanderbilt University is closely monitoring the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and consulting with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, federal, state, and local public health experts, as well as campus constituents. The University has and will continue to take action to limit possible exposure for students, faculty, and staff. The intent of all decisions is to ensure the safety of our community. 

The Owen Graduate School of Management is following the University's guidance on all operational matters to protect the safety, health, and well-being of our community. We remain committed to providing world-class education on a personal scale, even in these challenging and uncertain times, and we've taken significant measures to uphold that commitment to our students. 

Read below for the latest updates from Vanderbilt and the Owen Graduate School of Management. 

Owen and University Updates

Keep up with the latest from Owen through our COVID-19 Newsletter, which we send to Students, Faculty, and Staff on a regular basis. Read the March 22 update by clicking here.

For the latest information from Vanderbilt University about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.

Program Updates

Recognizing the extraordinary challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses, we are making adjustments to our admissions processes to better serve prospective students and protect the health and safety of our entire community. The following information outlines important details/changes by program and will be updated frequently as this rapidly evolving situation unfolds.

MBA

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

    • NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: Vanderbilt MBA has added a Round 4 application deadline for prospective students who may be beginning to consider business school for the Fall 2020 term in this uniquely challenging environment. Applicants who apply during Round 4 will have their application fee and testing requirements waived. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning May 5, with applicants receiving an admissions decision within a week of application completion. The last deadline to apply for Fall 2020 entry is June 1, 2020.
    • Due to the temporary disruption of testing in places affected by COVID-19, Vanderbilt MBA is temporarily waiving the test score requirement for Round 4 applicants. Round 4 applicants with valid GMAT or GRE scores are encouraged to submit them. Applicants who are still interested in taking a test for future admission rounds are encouraged to look into virtual testing options provided for the GMAT or GRE. Please contact us at mba@vanderbilt.edu if you have concerns about fulfilling our requirements.
    • Note for International candidates: Because we cannot ensure that admitted international candidates will be able to secure their visas in time to start the program, we are no longer accepting applications from international candidates for Fall 2020.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

    • Vanderbilt MBA will host a weekly “Admissions 101” webinar each Wednesday at 1:00 PM (CT) starting on March 25 to offer tips for prospective students who are new to the b-school process. Click here to register for an upcoming webinar.
    • Virtual Campus Visits are available through June 10 for prospects who want to learn more about our school, schedule an interview, connect with current students, meet with Career Management Center representatives, and more. Click here for more information.
    • Personal consultations are available via Zoom, Skype, and phone to allow prospective students to connect one-on-one with our recruiting managers. You can connect with Kim Killingsworth, Rob Schickler, Ashley Lomax (Lead Diversity Recruiter), Mckenzie Mulligan, or Colleen Pagnani (Dual Degree Candidates) directly by clicking on a specific name.

MBA FAQs

MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the current plan for school to start in the fall 2020?
A.

First day of Mod 1 class is Monday, August 17. We are currently working on Orientation to be 5 days (the International Student Business Program portion to be the first 2 days of Orientation). Timing of Orientation is scheduled for early August.

Q. When should I arrive in Nashville to start school this fall?
A.

You should plan to start your apartment/house lease on August 1, 2020.

Q. A big part of the Vanderbilt Business program is the experiential learning and global experiences. What does this look like for the fall?
A.

We understand that travel, both domestically and especially globally, has been disrupted. We hope to be able to move forward with global travel later in the fall, but travel and experiential learning happens both globally and locally. Our Turner Family Center and Center for Entrepreneurship are working on local micro-immersion projects to provide a service to our community and to let our students delve into meaningful experiences right here in our backyard.

Q. As an international student, if I’m not able to get to the US in August, how will I start my MBA classes?
A.

We will wholeheartedly support our international students as you are an integral part of our incoming class. However, if you are not able to make it to campus for this new start date, we are prepared.   Our goal is to offer an option in which you can begin the program online, with your classmates who are on campus, and then join everyone in Nashville as soon as you are able.  

Q. What will on-campus recruiting look like in the fall for Owen? Will companies be coming?
A.

We will be opening the recruiting calendar in mid-May for recruiters to book in their dates for information sessions and other events and plan their engagements.   We have already heard from recruiters that they are hoping to schedule their recruiting events as close to normal timeframes as possible, with events on campus (hopefully) beginning in September.  However, depending on travel and other restrictions, recruiters will likely be working on options to engage with students virtually throughout the fall.   We have the technology to support virtual recruiting, so we will be working with the recruiters as they develop their plans.

Q. Will students be able to travel for Fall Treks or Career Fairs for recruiting purposes?
A.

We would envision that for the recruiting events that would happen in early fall that these would most likely happen in a virtual format.

Q. Is there still time to submit an application?
A.

We have waived our application fee for the remainder of the year and added a Round 4 deadline for those prospective students who may be just beginning to consider business school for the Fall 2020 term. Round 4 applications will be considered on a rolling basis leading up to June 1 application deadline.

Q. Are there merit-based scholarships available in Round 4?
A.

Yes. The application for admission is the same as the application for scholarship and all candidates will be evaluated for both admission and scholarship simultaneously.

Q. I have been unable to schedule a GMAT or GRE. What are my options?
A.

For round 4 candidates, we are waiving the GMAT/GRE test requirement. For those candidates who apply without a GMAT or GRE, admission may be conditional based on the completion of a quantitative preparation course prior to enrollment in the program.

Q. If I have a test score other than a GMAT/GRE to submit (like an SAT/ACT), will that help my application?
A.

Yes. Submitting a supplemental standardized test score can strengthen your application and showcase your academic potential. Upon submission of your application, you will have the ability to upload any supplemental test scores as additional material.

Q. How will you assess my application without a test score?
A.

We thoughtfully evaluate every aspect of the application. For those candidates without a test score, we will analyze transcripts, work experience, and any supplemental materials to ensure we are evaluating each candidate’s academic potential.

Q. Are you accepting international applications in Round 4?
A.

Because we cannot ensure that admitted international candidates applying during Round 4 will be able to secure their visas in time to start the program, we are no longer accepting applications from international candidates for Fall 2020.

Q. Can I still come for a visit?
A.

We regret we are unable to offer you an in-person on-campus visit experience and are offering the opportunity to connect with us virtually. The Vanderbilt MBA Virtual Campus Visit experience consists of an interview, a Career Management Center overview, a 30-minute chat with a current student, and the chance to connect with your Recruiting Manager. Click here for more information. In addition, we host a weekly “Admissions 101” webinar each Wednesday at 1:00 PM (CT) to offer tips for prospective students who are new to the b-school process. Click here to register for an upcoming webinar.

Q. Will my decision be delayed?
A.

No. Our team is working diligently to provide decisions on time. Round 3 candidates with a completed application will receive a decision on May 4, 2020. Round 4 applications will be considered on a rolling basis with applicants will be provided a decision within a week of application completion.

Executive MBA

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

  • Vanderbilt Executive MBA (EMBA) will waive the application fee for applicants who submit by April 30, 2020, and will consider extending that offer through Round 2 (May 31) if the health crisis continues.
  • The Executive MBA program will now accept the GRE, along with the GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA). ETS launched the GRE®General Test at-home test on March 23, 2020, in selected areas to meet the needs of students affected by test center closures. Click here for up to date information on this GRE option. GMAC will launch an interim GMAT™ Exam in mid-April—an online proctored alternative to the GMAT exam with a comparable structure, time, and scoring as the exam delivered in test centers. Click here for up to date information on this option. Online testing options for EA are in development, and we will communicate details as we have more information.
  • The program will also accept expired GMAT and GRE scores. For GMAT, this includes scores for tests taken more than 5 years ago. For GRE, this includes scores for tests taken before July 1, 2016
  • Vanderbilt EMBA will now make admissions decisions for candidates with strong quantitative backgrounds that have yet to take the GMAT, EA, or GRE. Candidates who apply without an official test score will be moved through the admissions process, with interviews, admission committee review, and other standard procedures. Qualified applicants will be offered conditional admission, pending the test score, enabling them to begin the onboarding process.
  • Please contact us at emba@vanderbilt.edu if you have concerns about fulfilling our requirements.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

  • Vanderbilt EMBA will offer Virtual Preview Day events to give prospective students an opportunity to learn more about the program; interact with staff, faculty and alumni; and get a glimpse of the classroom experience. Click here to register for our May 2, 2020 event.
  • Vanderbilt EMBA will host virtual info sessions throughout April to offer tips for prospective students who are new to the b-school process. Click on the date of interest to register for these free events:
  • Personal consultations are available via Zoom, Skype, and phone to allow prospective students to connect one-on-one with our Director of Recruiting. Click here to find a date and time that works for you.

Master of Management in Health Care

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

  • Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) will waive the application fee for applicants who submit by the Round 1 deadline (May 1) and will consider extending that offer through Round 2 (June 6) if the health crisis continues. Please contact us at mmhc@vanderbilt.edu if you have questions.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

  • Vanderbilt MMHC will offer a Virtual Info Session on May 20, 2020, to give prospective students an opportunity to learn more about the program, interact with staff, faculty, and alumni, and get a glimpse of the classroom experience. Registration for this free event will be available soon.
  • Personal consultations are available via Zoom, Skype, and phone to allow prospective students to connect one-on-one with an MMHC staff member. Click here to set up a time.

MS FINANCE

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

  • Our fall application for the Class of 2021 is now closed. The application portal for the Class of 2022 will open in August 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the fall.
  • For applications currently in process: Vanderbilt MS Finance accepts both the GRE and GMAT. Both testing services have launched online, proctored tests.  Click here for the GRE option. Click here for the GMAT option. Due to the temporary disruption of testing in places affected by COVID-19, we are temporarily accepting self-reported test scores for admissions consideration and will work with you if you have had your exams cancelled. Official scores will only be due upon admission.
  • The statements in this Covid-19 section supersede other statements you may see throughout our extensive website.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

  • Please contact us at msfinance@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the application requirements.

Master of Accountancy

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

  • Vanderbilt Master of Accountancy (MAcc) will waive the application fee for prospective students who submit by the final deadline (May 1). After May 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with applicants receiving an admission decision within a week of application completion.
  • In light of the changes to the GRE and GMAT test-taking procedures, we are granting waivers for the GMAT or GRE exams for prospective students who demonstrate success in their undergraduate careers. To apply for a test score waiver, you must first submit an application.  Once submitted, you will receive a waiver form to complete. We will get back to you as soon as possible with a response to your waiver request.
  • For prospective students taking the GRE or GMAT, Vanderbilt MS Finance accepts both the GRE and GMAT.  Both testing services have launched online, proctored tests.  Click here for the GRE option.  Click here for the GMAT option. Due to the temporary disruption of testing in places affected by COVID-19, we are temporarily accepting self-reported test scores for admissions consideration and will work with you if you have had your exams canceled. Official scores will only be due upon admission.
  • The statements in this Covid-19 section supersede other statements you may see throughout our extensive website.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

  • Please contact us at macc@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the application requirements. We also offer personal consultations via Zoom, Skype, and phone to allow prospective students to connect one-on-one with a MAcc team member. Contact us to set up a time.  We look forward to talking with you!

MASTER OF MARKETING

Application Deadlines + Admissions Process Updates:

  • Our fall application for the Class of 2021 is now closed. The application portal for the Class of 2022 will open in mid-August 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the fall.
  • For applications currently in process: Vanderbilt MMark accepts both the GRE and GMAT.  Both testing services have launched online, proctored tests.  Click here for the GRE option.  Click here for the GMAT option. Due to the temporary disruption of testing in places affected by COVID-19, we are temporarily accepting self-reported test scores for admissions consideration and will work with you if you have had your exams canceled. Official scores will only be due upon admission.
  • The statements in this COVID-19 section supersede other statements you may see throughout our extensive website.

Resources + Ways to Connect:

  • Please contact us at mmark@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the application requirements.

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

  • If you would like to sign up for updates such as webinars that we will be hosting in the coming weeks or other virtual programs we develop, please sign up in the Request Information section of this page. Take care of yourself and let us know how we can continue to help you achieve your goals during these uncertain times.

ACCELERATOR® BUSINESS IMMERSIONS AT VANDERBILT

  • Due to logistical challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Accelerator® Business Immersions at Vanderbilt is making several adjustments to its programming for Summer 2020. Accelerator® Summer Business Immersion, Accelerator® Finance Bootcamp, and Accelerator® Business Fellowship for Student-Athletes will not be held this summer.
  • In their place, a new, fully remote program—Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion—has been created to provide college students and recent graduates with a real consulting and marketing experience to build their resume, along with self-paced business acumen. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • To assist in answering questions for students interested in this new online program, the Accelerator team will be hosting a Virtual Info Session on April 7 at 12:30 PM (CT). Click here to register for this info session.
  • To serve students who are currently registered or admitted to one of our summer programs, we are offering personal consultation times to answer questions and discuss options. Click here to choose an available time.