Specialized Masters Programs

By the numbers


The percentage of the MSF Class of 2020 that accepted an offer within 3 months of graduation.

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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

Portfolio Management Associate, Ares Management Corporation, 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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A program that positions Vanderbilt undergrads one step closer to earning an MBA.

VU2MBA is a unique MBA admissions program designed specifically for Vanderbilt students. Through VU2MBA, you can apply to the Vanderbilt MBA program during the spring of your senior year or immediately following graduation and then return to Vanderbilt after working two to four years to begin your MBA classes. The application fee for all VU2MBA applicants will be waived.

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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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