Specialized Masters Programs

By the numbers


The percentage of MS Finance students accepting an offer within 3 months of graduation. (Based on the Class of 2019)

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Reese Perry

Audit Associate, KPMG, Dallas, TX

You might say that Reese Perry ran the numbers when he decided to start a career in accounting. “I pursued [a MAcc] degree,” he says, “because of the high demand for accounting professionals and potential for job placement.” With a major in agribusiness and a minor in economics, he also believed that the degree would give him a specialized skillset that would complement the broader business foundation of his undergraduate curriculum.

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Arianna "Ari" Shapiro

Valuation Assistant Consultant, Deloitte, New York, NY

Arianna Shapiro knew that her career interests lay somewhere near the intersection of accounting and finance. She just didn’t know of any one-year program that could take her there. In fact, she says, “before learning about the MAcc Valuation program, I didn’t even know what Valuation was.”

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Aaron Kimber

Investment Banking Analyst, Houlihan Lokey, New York City

Aaron Kimber wanted to pursue career opportunities in finance in the United States. That posed a challenge. Aaron had always lived in Canada. He concluded that a graduate degree from a top U.S. school would provide the access that would help him open doors to the U.S. job market. He was right. Now he’s heading to Wall Street.

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Makenna Morris

Consultant, Infosys, New York City

Based on the preparation she was receiving in college, Makenna Morris realized that she would not stand out against other students applying for the positions for which she was qualified. At the same time, she says, “I really wanted to avoid accepting a job for which I felt overqualified.” Vanderbilt helped her resolve the dilemma.

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Lauryn Poyser

Sumer Legal Intern, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Like many Accelerator students, Lauryn Poyser found the Accelerator experience to be “transformative.” But she also found that the program transformed her in ways that went beyond new skills and knowledge she gained. The program, she says, opened her up to an entire world of new possibilities. 

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Business fundamentals. Leadership development. Resume-building experiences.

Accelerator® Business Immersions at Vanderbilt offers immersion-based certificate programs that equip students with business knowledge, hands-on experience, and career preparation. These distinctive programs provide a transformative experience for undergrads and recent college graduates (all majors welcome).

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A program that is “Uniquely Vanderbilt.”

Based on the steady growth in demand from students to study business theories and practices, Vanderbilt created this trans-institutional business minor. The program includes elective course options from each of the four undergraduate schools and fundamentals courses taught by the Owen Graduate School of Management and is designed to complement the strong liberal arts education.

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