The Vanderbilt EMBA Executive Edge

Business to a higher degree.

While all Executive MBA programs offer management fundamentals, the Vanderbilt Executive MBA adds the essential layers that help you reach your full potential as an executive (and add value to your organization).

The Vanderbilt Executive Edge.

Leadership Development

The leap from manager to leader requires depth in self-awareness, organizational awareness, strategic alignment to corporate strategy and skills in negotiation and influencing teams. The quality and depth of support that Vanderbilt business students receive in the Leadership Development Program are typically reserved for high-level executives and reflect the latest thinking and best practices used by top organizations.

Strategic Skills and Vision

Building upon sophisticated financial frameworks, the program embeds strategic theory and case studies in both first- and second-year curriculum. A hallmark of the program is a yearlong Capstone Strategy Project that takes place throughout the second year of study and features a team-based consulting project with a client company.

Advanced Financial Frameworks

The program builds on the quantitative MBA foundation with a thorough overlay of advanced financial frameworks including valuation, globalization and foreign exchange exposures—all of which are critical for truly understanding strategic choices and risk.

Management Fundamentals

The core curriculum—the same used in the Vanderbilt weekday program—lays the foundation in quantitative and soft skills including statistics, economics, finance, accounting, operations, marketing and organizational management.

I joined the Executive MBA program seeking to be exposed to new experiences, gain knowledge at an accelerated pace, study with seasoned professionals and experience extreme personal and professional growth. Earning an MBA at Vanderbilt afforded me all of these opportunities

Kimberly Barboza Executive MBA 2015


Make an impact in your organization with beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities.

The Executive MBA program offers a number of apply-it-now experiences designed to widen your perspective and build upon the knowledge you gain.

Over the course of the program, you will:

  • Complete a yearlong Capstone Strategy Project working with a real client. Your team will work with a company of your choosing or an international client with a global problem to solve, to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization.
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom to real problems within your organization. For example, you might seek to revise an incentive plan that inadvertently leads to undesired behaviors (Managerial Economics), redesign a supply chain process (Operations) or build a new spreadsheet model that provides better information for management decisions (Managerial Accounting).
  • Develop a new venture business plan from scratch that you prepare and present to real venture capitalists who will judge your final presentations for quality and viability in the market.

I wanted to fundamentally understand the conversations that were taking place around me every day by my management. I had good instincts in business, but I wasn’t able to communicate effectively across all departments in a quantitative manner.

Jonathan OsborneExecutive MBA 2012