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Applying to the Executive MBA  program is a two-step process that involves completing an application and a formal interview. During this process, you will also be required to take the GMAT or the Executive Assessment (EA). If you have any questions about the process, the application, the GMAT or the EA, please contact us at emba@vanderbilt.edu or 615.322.3120.

10 Reasons to Apply to the EMBA Program

Personal Consultation

We understand that your questions and concerns are as unique as you are. Our admissions staff is available to help answer your questions and help you assess whether the timing is right for you to apply. Schedule your in-person or phone personal consultation now.

Program Requirements

Click here to begin the online application process. To be considered, all applicants must provide:

  • A completed, submitted online application
  • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable)
  • GMAT score or Executive Assessment (EA) score*
  • Career essay
  • Two professional recommendations*
  • Résumé
  • Personal interview

*GMAT or EA test scores and professional recommendations may be submitted separately after your initial application. Please contact us for more information. Email us.

Transcripts

  • We require a separate unofficial transcript from every college or university you are attending or have attended.
  • If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide official transcripts from each institution you have attended.
  • If you have not graduated, and your conferred degree will be issued later, please wait to order a copy of your official transcript. Official transcripts must reflect the date that the degree was conferred and the degree was awarded.
  • If you cannot calculate your cumulative GPA or convert it to a four-point scale, leave the field blank. We will evaluate your academic record accordingly.
  • Undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable)**

    **Transcripts can be sent either via the postal service or via secure electronic delivery. In order to be considered official, transcripts and other documents must come directly from the institution attended. Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of transcripts. These submissions may be made to cdm@vanderbilt.edu.

    Transcripts sent via the postal service should be addressed as follows:

    CDM-Owen
    PMB 407833
    2301 Vanderbilt Place
    Nashville, TN 37240-7833

  • Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of official transcripts. These submissions may be made to prior-degree-review@vanderbilt.edu.

Test Preparation

Complimentary test preparation resources are available to qualified submitted applicants. Contact us to find out if you qualify.

Personal Interview

The required interview with the Executive Director is an opportunity for you to share your:

  • Background, professional experience and career progression.
  • Academic preparation (college and post-grad).
  • Current role, including proven leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to apply the program’s content to your organization.
  • Potential contributions to the classroom and C-Team.

Timeline and Rolling Admissions

Application review is on a rolling basis for the class entering in August. Once your application is complete, we will notify you of the admissions decision within ten business days. While applicants may apply at any time, please consider these scholarship deadlines:

Nonprofit Management Scholarship March 31, 2020
Global Immersion Track Scholarship May 31, 2020
Forté Fellowship for Women May 31, 2020
Ingram Scholar Award Scholarship May 31, 2020
Diversity Scholarship May 31, 2020
ROMBA Scholarship May 31, 2020

FAQ

How to Apply

Q. Do I have to submit my completed application all at once?
A.

Most application documents are submitted online directly to the Executive MBA Admissions Office. We will accumulate all your admissions materials and you can verify with our office whether your application is complete. The most important first step is to begin the online application. Some candidates will await seeking financial sponsorship until after the interview with the Executive Director.

Q. What do you want to see in the letters of recommendation?
A.

Each of the two letters should address your career to date, intellectual capacity, and current and potential leadership roles. One letter should be from the executive you report to, and the other should be from someone else who has relied on your work. We require that you use the online recommendation system within the application.