Admissions Requirements

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is a personal community. With an incoming class size of about 50 students each year, our Executive MBA program is one of the world’s most selective—and one of the best. As we evaluate applicants, we have a holistic and balanced approach to admissions.

The ideal candidate has at least five years of management experience, ranging up to 20+ years. Our students are looking for a rigorous program they can attend while working, so they do not interrupt their career progression. They must also have employer support or endorsement so that the new ideas and skills they learn in class on Saturday have a chance of being implemented when they go back to the office on Monday.

Most students find that the Leadership Development Program, paired with a deep finance and management core curriculum enables them to advance more quickly in their careers and gain a deeper, broader business perspective, earning them greater ROI and recognition within their companies.

How to Apply

You are about to 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 students are self-funded, although some receive some level of financial support from their employers. Both students and employers tend to see immediate ROI from the Executive MBA program.

Average Class Profile (EMBA and GEMBA)

  • 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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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.

Personal Consultation

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.

Admissions Events

January 20, 2018

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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March 03, 2018

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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March 31, 2018

Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship Deadline

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December 07, 2017

Executive MBA Information Session - Cool Springs

We welcome you to join us in Cool Springs 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.
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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 Executive MBA-Americas 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. 

Program Information

Q. How are students graded?

Our grading system is as follows: SP (Superior Pass) = 4.0; HP (High Pass) = 3.5; P (Pass) = 3.0; LP (Low Pass) = 2.5; F (Fail) = 0.0. Some test grades are numeric. At the beginning of each course, the syllabus will establish the criteria by which the course grade is computed. Please keep in mind that each class grade is a combination of your individual test scores and individual or team assignments, presentations and special projects. A grade of 2.0 is required to graduate.

Q. How many students are on a C-Team? Do C-Teams change membership during the course of the program?

A C-Team usually has four to five members, maximizing diversity in industries and backgrounds. C-Teams are comprised of members whose depth of experience casts them in roles of CFO or CAO/CEO, COO, CIO, CMO, CPO and CHRO. The teams are arranged at the beginning of the Week-in-Residence, and they remain intact throughout the entire program.

Q. How much time will I need to devote to the program?

Throughout the 21 months it takes to complete the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program, a typical student studies 20 hours per week outside of class and work time. Much of the work is completed by the individual, and in year two, many assignments are completed by the C-Team (assigned study group).

Q. How will graduation be handled?

All graduates of Vanderbilt degree programs are invited to participate in the May graduation (for all Owen Graduate School of Management graduates) following completion of degree requirements.

Q. Is a laptop computer required?

A laptop computer is recommended for success in the program. In addition, Executive MBA students use a VOIP product and an electronic blackboard to enable online meeting collaboration and updates from faculty and the Vanderbilt Executive MBA office.

Q. Is it okay to miss school occasionally?

There may be a time when an unavoidable event dictates an absence; for example, if you become ill or an important family or work commitment arises. However, in order to enable graduation, Executive MBA students must cover a large amount of material on Saturdays. In those rare cases when you must miss a class, you must clear your absence with the faculty. Exams are not to be missed. Individual faculty members reserve the right to refuse makeup exams. In addition, someone from your C-Team needs to be willing to share class notes and handouts. You should make every effort to learn the missed material and prepare for the next set of classes so that you don't risk falling significantly behind in any courses.

Q. Is the Executive MBA program accredited?

Yes, our Executive MBA program is accredited by the AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the world's leading accrediting association. To achieve and retain AACSB accreditation, a business school must meet a wide range of rigorous quality standards, including an approved curriculum, a high quality of research produced, appropriate admissions criteria and graduation requirements and a library and computer facilities. No national or regional accreditation is more demanding or prestigious than that of AACSB.

Q. Is this the same degree as the daytime MBA program?

Yes. Students earn the Vanderbilt Master of Business Administration (MBA) by completing 60 academic credit hours. The programs are distinguished by students' ages, experience levels and the EMBA curriculum's deeper core and strategic integration courses. 

Q. What is the size of the program?

The Vanderbilt Executive MBA program enrolls approximately 50 students each August. The largest class was 62 students.