EMBA & GEMBA
Admissions Requirements

Is it time
for an Executive MBA?

The decision to go back to school as a working professional is complicated. These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself: Is this the right time in my career for an Executive MBA? Do I have the kind of work experience that is a good fit for the cohort? Which program–traditional or global–is the best fit for my career goals? What is the workload like for someone with my academic background? How will this affect my family? What is the admissions committee looking for in candidates? What is involved in the interview process? What are the benefits of an Executive MBA? What is the value of an Executive MBA? How long does it take to earn an Executive MBA?

Am I ready?

Some questions you should be asking yourself before you apply:

  • Can I meet the EMBA program requirements needed to submit an application?
  • Can I dedicate 15 to 20 study hours each week outside of class and my personal and professional responsibilities?
  • Can I complete community leadership obligations and remove myself temporarily from commitments to make time for the Executive MBA or Global Executive MBA-Americas program?
  • Am I willing to dedicate two Saturdays per month for 21 months to this educational commitment?
  • Am I willing to study for and take the GMAT or the Executive Assessment (EA)?

Is my employer ready?

  • Can I arrange time away from the office? (3 weeks over the 21 months of the Executive MBA program or 5 weeks over the 21 months of the Global Executive MBA-Americas program)
  • Is my employer receptive to my new ideas so that my new MBA skills and solutions have a chance of gaining implementation?
  • Is my employer willing to offer financial sponsorship? (The majority of students in the program are partially self-funded).

Is my family ready?

  • Is my support system (spouse, partner, children) prepared for my individual and group study commitments inside and outside the classroom?
  • Is my family committed to participating in family events at Vanderbilt and connecting with my C-Team’s families?

how to apply

The program requirements for admission are the same for both the Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA-Americas programs:

  • At least 5 years of strong employment history and demonstrated management expertise.
  • Significant, proven quantitative experiences and aptitude
  • Ability to demonstrate both teamwork and leadership experience.
  • Ability to complete an online application including:
    • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable
    • GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) score
    • Career essay
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Resume
    • Personal interview

Learn more about the application process.

We take business personally

We know that  your questions and concerns are as unique as you are. So our admissions staff is available to meet with you for a personal consultation. We’ll answer your questions and help you assess whether it is time for an EMBA and if you should apply. Schedule your in-person or phone personal consultation now.

FAQ

Admissions Information

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

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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. 

One of my favorite things about the Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA-Americas programs is getting to know the students as they work through the decision-making process. It is such an interesting and diverse group of people, each with a strong commitment to furthering their education. I am here to help each student decide if the program will help them achieve their goals and then walk them through the admissions process.

Sarah FairbankDirector of Admissions, Vanderbilt Executive MBA Programs

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By the numbers

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In any given year, the percentage of Executive MBA applicants that are referred to the program by alumni.

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