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10

The number of months it will take to study all facets of marketing, complete your Master of Marketing degree and prepare to launch your career.

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Spotlight

Mary Chesnut Smith

Deals Associate, PwC, New York City

With a double major in finance and accounting, Mary Chesnut Smith could have taken the CPA exam straight out of college. She joined the MAcc Valuation program at Vanderbilt because she believed it “would open infinite doors for me, whereas my career trajectory at the time would not.” One year later, she was working with a Big Four firm in New York, and more convinced than ever she’d made the right choice.

Kensley Elliott

Assurance Associate, PwC

Even as she finished the MAcc program, Kensley Elliott wasn’t sure what specific career path she wants to follow. What she says she is certain of: “Public accounting is a great way to launch a career.” With her degree, she knows a variety of options remain open to her — maybe even one that enables her to pursue a goal of working with underprivileged youth.

Aka Akapelwa

Investment Banking Analyst, Jefferies & Co.

Every year, Aka Akapelwa’s whole family—including aunts, uncles and cousins—flies to the U.S. from Zambia for a reunion. Aka aspires to turn the tables, returning to his native country for good to help deploy capital to finance companies, create employment and benefit the broader economy. He believes that his MSF from Vanderbilt, combined with his investment banking experience in New York, will take him there.

Will Braithwaite

Intern, Braithwaite Communications

Will Braithwaite has always wanted to run his own company. He just wasn’t sure what kind. So instead of offering sailing lessons — the way he’s spent most summers in recent years — Will enrolled in Accelerator so he could get exposure to different aspects of business. He calls Accelerator “the perfect business trial run. It really is a compressed MBA program — two years in four weeks.”

Paul Kendall

Business Analyst, Mars Petcare

Paul Kendall once summited four peaks in the Pacific Northwest in less than a month. When he finished his undergraduate degree in Economics, Paul was ready to take on another challenge: a masters program that would give him an edge in landing a marketing job at a top company. One year later, Vanderbilt degree in hand, he was at Mars Petcare, on the way toward the top once again.

Accelerator Summer Business Institute

A fast-paced, fun, four-week summer immersion in business.

Some call it an "internship on steroids." Others, "a businessboot camp." Regardless of what you call it, in just four weeks you will learn from the best faculty that Vanderbilt has to offer. Serve as a consultant solving real-world problems for companies such as FedEx, Coca-Cola and Warner Music. Receive one-on-one career counseling and strengthen the individual and teamwork skills that employers seek.

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