Executive MBA
FUNDING your education


Tuition is paid in five installments during the time you are enrolled at Vanderbilt. During the first year, you will need to make payments in fall (40 percent), spring (40 percent), and summer (20 percent). During the second year, payments are due in fall (50 percent) and spring (50 percent). Students Accounts must show all tuition and fees paid from a previous semester in order to proceed to the next semester. All student accounts balances must be paid in full prior to graduation. Tuition for the academic year 2021-22 is $62,750. The program fees* in the first year, for both tracks, are $4,500.

You will be responsible for the cost of transportation to all residencies, including the optional second-year International Residency in the Executive Edge track OR the four international residencies in the Global Immersion track.

*Additional Program fees cover: books, printed course materials, most meals while classes and residencies are in session, lodging for all residencies, special events and receptions, library and database access, academic services and graduation expenses. Additional university fees are not included. All fees are subject to change. 

Financing and Loans

Company Sponsorship

Many executive students receive some level of financial support from their employers. Sponsoring organizations enjoy many benefits from this investment.

Return on Investment for Your Organization

If you are seeking sponsorship from your organization, we’d like to help. Here is a sample sponsorship letter; we are happy to customize this for your employer.


Most of our Executive MBA students self-fund some or all of the program. In addition to personal resources, students may apply for U.S. government loans as full-time students via the Vanderbilt Financial Aid Office.

To learn more about your loan options, visit the following websites:


The following scholarship opportunities are available for Executive MBA students (where indicated). Contact our Executive MBA Programs staff for information on how to apply.

Brockenborough Family ScholarshipBoth TracksMay 31
Ingram Scholar Award ScholarshipBoth TracksMay 31
Forté Fellowship for WomenBoth TracksMay 31
Nonprofit Management ScholarshipExecutive Edge Track OnlyMarch 31
Global Immersion Track ScholarshipGlobal Immersion Track OnlyMay 31
Underrepresented Minority ScholarshipBoth TracksMay 31

Nonprofit Management

Full-tuition Scholarship Award

This full-tuition scholarship, (valued at over $100,000) is awarded annually to one nonprofit executive at a qualified 501(c)3 organization who has demonstrated commitment to serving in the nonprofit sector. The recipient is responsible for fees and travel expenses. This scholarship is only applicable to the Executive Edge Track of the Executive MBA program.

Learn More and View Past Recipients


Brockenborough Family Scholarship

The Brockenborough Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Bruce Paxton Brockenborough (EMBA 2001) to provide financial support for deserving students enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at the Owen Graduate School of Management.


Ingram Scholar Award Scholarship

The Ingram Scholar distinction is one of the most prominent awards at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. These outstanding MBA candidates are among a select group of individuals with exceptional academic abilities, substantial professional experience, excellent personal qualities, and strong leadership potential.

The business world knew E. Bronson Ingram as founder and head of Ingram Industries, Inc., one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the United States. The community knew him as a dedicated leader and generous philanthropist. Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Vanderbilt Cancer Center knew him as a great friend. Mr. Ingram joined the University Board of Trust in 1967 and served as its president from 1991 until his death from cancer in 1995. During that time, he also chaired The Campaign for Vanderbilt, which raised $560 million for the university, including a donation from Mr. Ingram earmarked for cancer research at Vanderbilt.


Forté Fellowship for Women

We offer Forté Fellowships starting at $10,000 per academic year. Nominees are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates should exhibit exemplary leadership in one or more ways: academic leadership, team leadership, community leadership, and creative leadership.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to women and girls via personal mentorship or community involvement. Such commitment is in alignment with the mission of the Forté Foundation.
  • Nominees will represent diverse educational and work backgrounds, career goals, ethnicities, and citizenships.

To be considered for a Forté Scholarship, please submit an essay describing the most relevant experiences that qualify you for this award. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by the May 31 application deadline.

Global Immersion Track Scholarship

In addition to strong academic credentials, candidates should exhibit leadership and professional background in a global capacity. This scholarship is only applicable to the Global Immersion Track of the Executive MBA program.

Underrepresented Minority Scholarship

Vanderbilt offers several partial scholarships each year to qualified underrepresented minorities. These scholarships are awarded based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates how he or she has supported the academic, personal, or professional advancement of underrepresented minorities (individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and are of African American, Native American, Hispanic American, or Pacific Island American descent). On average, it takes 1.8 years for Executive MBA graduates to pay back the financial investment in their degree.

Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) is the global association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer MBA students and alumni.

In addition to being a resource for MBA candidate and students, ROMBA offers Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA fellowships. The fellowships are a joint effort between top business school programs and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBTQ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow.

Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management will provide up to two fellowships of a minimum amount of $10,000 per academic year.

Special Funding

Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program


Vanderbilt University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. At Vanderbilt, all students who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program are entitled to receive a Yellow Ribbon award.

Once your eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program has been confirmed, if your tuition charges exceed the amount of the national cap, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding up to the maximum approved by the VA based on unmet need. At the present time, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management will award up to 50% of the unmet need in Yellow Ribbon funds, to be matched by the Veterans Administration.  For additional information regarding veterans’ educational benefits at Vanderbilt University, please contact Vanderbilt’s VA school certifying officials at VASCO@vanderbilt.edu.

Details on Vanderbilt University's Yellow Ribbon Program benefits and military benefits are available through the Office of the University Registrar. A full description of the Yellow Ribbon program can be found on the Veterans Benefits Administration website.


Tuition Information

Q. Are scholarships available?

There are limited scholarships available that can be viewed on our Tuition and Scholarships page. Executive MBA students are often working managers and executives who can fund their education through a combination of sponsorship or employer reimbursement, loans and working cash flow. Most U.S. citizens complete the FAFSA and take advantage of government loans for a portion of their education.

Q. How much does it cost to attend the Vanderbilt EMBA program?

View the full tuition and costs for the program, including both tracks, HERE. Once you are admitted, a $1,500 deposit is required. This deposit is credited toward your first tuition payment. Tuition is paid in five installments during the time you are enrolled at Vanderbilt: October (40 percent), February (40 percent) and June (20 percent) of the first year and October (50 percent), February (50 percent) the second year. Student Accounts must show all tuition paid prior to graduation and tuition paid from a previous semester in order to proceed to the next semester.

You will be responsible for the cost of transportation to all residencies, including the optional second-year International Residency in the Executive Edge track OR the four international residencies in the Global Immersion track.

Q. Is corporate financial support required for the EMBA program?

No. Although many Executive MBA students receive some level of corporate financial support, it is not a factor in the admissions process. Managers need to understand the time demands, including the Week-In Residence at the beginning of the program, the residency commitment to launch Year Two and the optional one-week International Residency in the spring of Year Two. This is especially important if you choose to enroll in the Global Immersion Track which will require more time out of the office.

Q. Is financial aid available?

Student loans are available for those who do not receive full financial support. Additional information is available through the Office of Financial Aid.