Admissions Requirements

Ours is a personal community. With an incoming class size of about 50 students each year, our Executive MBA program takes business personally.

As we evaluate applicants, we take a wholistic and balanced approach to admissions. The ideal candidate for this program has at least five years of management experience, ranging up to 20 years or more. Our students are looking for a program that offers the opportunity to gain an outstanding education without interrupting their career progression.

Having employer support or endorsement is encouraged so that you can take new ideas and skills learned in class on Saturday back to work and implement them on Monday.

How to Apply

Take the first step toward enhancing your career, developing yourself as a leader and discovering a close-knit community of alumni from all over the world.

Here are your next steps:

  • Completed, submitted application, including fee
  • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable)
  • GMAT or executive assessment (EA) score
  • Career essay
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Résumé
  • Personal interview

More detailed instructions on the application process can be found here. Join our community today by beginning your application. To check the status of your completed application, click here.

Loans & Scholarships

Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. Many Executive MBA students are self-funded, although some receive some level of financial support from their employers. Both students and employers tend to report they see immediate ROI from the Executive MBA program.


Average Executive MBA Class Profile

  • 48 Average class size
  • 33 Percentage of women
  • 20 Percentage of Military
  • 64 Percentage of students who are married
  • 11 Average years of work experience
  • 22 Percentage of students with advanced degrees
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and Global Immersion Track class profile

Scholarship Deadlines

March 31, 2018

Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship Deadline

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May 31, 2018

Executive MBA Scholarship Deadline

Students interested in the Americas MBA Scholarship, Forte Fellowship for Women Scholarship and Ingram Scholar Award Scholarship for the Executive MBA Program must have a completed, submitted application by May 31st.
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The Vanderbilt EMBA program admissions are on rolling admissions through June; decisions are typically given to applicants within two weeks of receipt of a complete, submitted application. We do, however, have several scholarship deadlines, outlined here.


We encourage you to talk with us before you’ve submitted an application. Schedule a personal consultation now to determine which program will best help you achieve your career goals. The earlier we meet, the more we can help you through the application process. Our goal is to support you through this process and throughout the Executive MBA program. 

Admissions Events

February 22, 2018

Executive MBA Information Session - Louisville, KY

We welcome you to join us in Louisville, KY to learn more about Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program. Our admissions staff will discuss the program and admissions process and you will also have the opportunity to meet current students and alumni who can answer questions you have on the student experience. Lunch will be served. Check back soon for registration details and location information.
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February 22, 2018

Executive MBA Information Session - Lexington, KY

We welcome you to join us in Lexington, KY to learn more about Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program. Our admissions staff will discuss the program and admissions process and you will also have the opportunity to meet current students and alumni who can answer questions you have on the student experience. Dinner will be served.  
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March 03, 2018

On-Campus Executive MBA Preview Day

Experience the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program up close and personal. Held on Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville, this program is designed for those who are seriously considering this advanced degree.
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Admissions Requirements

Q. Can I be admitted to the program if I have less than five years of managerial experience?

Occasionally, we will admit a student with less than five years of managerial experience if his or her career path is well developed in the desired profession and other qualifications are exceptionally strong.

Q. Once I have begun the Executive MBA program, can I switch to the Global Immersion Track program?

No. While general admission requirements are similar, the limited cohort of up to 15 Americas students from each school is required to ensure a rich, balanced experience.

Q. Is the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) required for admission?

Vanderbilt requires all prospective students to complete either the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) in order to receive an admission decision. These test scores help us ensure that applicants possess the quantitative and verbal skills to be successful in the Executive MBA program. Either our complimentary online math/statistics course and/or complimentary Executive MBA Camp, held on Saturdays in July, may be required based on your test scores. We are a rigorous, quantitative MBA degree program. You will find that testing preparation enables you to move at the speed of our classroom.

Q. What are the admission requirements?

Requirements include: 

  • A screening interview (which can be done over the phone pre-application) 
  • A face-to-face interview  
  • Required essays
  • Transcripts for all college-level and graduate work
  • GMAT or EA
  • Two letters of recommendation

Q. Will you waive the GMAT?

Because of the strong quantitative nature of Vanderbilt's MBA programs, we require the GMAT or the Executive Assessment (EA) as proof of proficiency with numbers and as an academic benchmark to compare candidates. This standard enables us to provide a rich learning environment.