Admissions Requirements

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is a unique community. As we evaluate applications, we have a holistic and balanced approach to admissions.

Vanderbilt Global Executive MBA-Americas students are in positions with global responsibilities or are aspiring to take on an international assignment in their next role. They seek to advance their careers and immerse themselves in international business, without disrupting their career momentum. Most typically they are mid- to senior-level managers who work for companies with a global presence and face the everyday challenges of working with international peers, partners or vendors.

Since the students in this program are professionals who expect to manage teams and projects across borders, they find that the leadership development program, paired with deep cultural immersion experiences enables them to advance more quickly in their careers and gain a deeper, broader global 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 global leader and discovering a close-knit community international alumni from Vanderbilt as well as the Americas Alliance Partner Schools.

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.

Tuition, Financing & Scholarships

Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. Many executive students are self-funded, yet some receive some level of financial support from their employers. Both students and employers tend to see immediate ROI from the Global Executive MBA Americas program.

Average Class Profile

  • 48 Average class size
  • 33 Percentage of women
  • 20 Percentage of Military
  • 64 Percentage of married students
  • 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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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.

Admission Events

November 09, 2017

Executive MBA Forum - Atlanta

Please join us for a unique evening featuring top MBA programs for working professionals. Come learn about the many different program formats (executive, global, part-time, evening and more), admission requirements, and program focuses available to you.
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November 18, 2017

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. Register to attend.  
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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. You’ll have a chance to talk with current students and get candid answers to your questions from a panel of alumni. You’ll hear from faculty who teach in the Executive MBA program and even have the chance to sample a class. The Executive Program administrative team will also be there to help answer any and all questions about the experience, the application and admissions process. Preview Day offers the most intensive insight into the Vanderbilt experience; if you are seriously considering this degree, this program is a must. We encourage spouses and significant others to attend with you and bring their questions and concerns as well. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND.
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November 09, 2017

Executive MBA Forum - Atlanta

Please join us for a unique evening featuring top MBA programs for working professionals. Come learn about the many different program formats (executive, global, part-time, evening and more), admission requirements, and program focuses available to you.
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FAQ

Program Information

Q. From which school will I earn my degree?
A.

If you apply through Vanderbilt to the Americas program, you will work to receive an MBA degree from Vanderbilt. In addition, you will work toward an Americas Alliance MBA Certificate awarded by the Americas Alliance partner schools (FIA, ITAM, SFU and Vanderbilt).

Q. How do I learn more about the partner schools?
A.

Click here to find more information about our Americas Alliance Partner Schools.

Q. How long is the program?
A.

If you choose to enroll at Vanderbilt in the Americas MBA program, you will complete the Vanderbilt MBA degree and the Americas Alliance MBA Certificate in 21 months. Vanderbilt's program begins in August with the Week-in-Residence in New Harmony, Indiana. Classes are then held on the Vanderbilt campus two Saturdays per month in Year One. Year Two programming consists of the four residencies in August (Vancouver), October (Ṣo Paulo), February (Mexico City) and April (Nashville); and an Americas Capstone Strategy Project to be completed by May 1.

Q. How will I meet/when will I meet my classmates for Year Two?
A.

While Americas MBA students will complete their first year of study at their host (degree-granting) university, online tools will be available during Year One so that all Americas MBA students from the Americas Alliance schools can start networking right away. Your Americas cohort will be comprised of up to 15 Vanderbilt Executive MBA students from your class so you will know them at the time of admission and get to know them well during Year One. Your C-Team in Year One, comprised of other Americas MBA candidates from Vanderbilt, will be dissolved at the end of the year to make room for your Year Two International C-Team with student executives from the other Americas Alliance Partner Schools: ITAM (Mexico City), FIA (Ṣo Paulo) and Simon Frasier University (Vancouver). Together this team will work throughout Year Two on a Capstone Strategy Project; this will require frequent virtual meetings as well as face-to-face meeting time during the four residencies. Learn more.

Q. How will the International C-Team be determined? How will teams be selected?
A.

Americas Capstone Strategy Projects will be determined by the Americas Alliance Partner School faculty based on the credentials of the Americas cohort that matriculates. Sponsoring organizations will influence the nature of these projects. Year Two Americas teams are selected by the Americas Alliance Partner School faculty and administration. Learn More.

Q. What do I need in the way of VISAs and inoculations?
A.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for VISA requirements by country.

Q. What happens if any of the other three schools drops out or doesn't live up to its expectations?
A.

All four partner schools have been vetted for traditions of excellence and history in Executive MBA education, sensitivity to the needs of multinational corporations in our markets and agility and desire to be customer focused. If one of these partners does not continue its proven track record of excellence, we will fulfill the obligations to those students enrolled as part of our contracted Americas Alliance agreement among the institutions.

Q. What happens if I need to miss one of the 10-day in-country immersions?
A.

The Americas MBA is a cohort-based, lockstep program. Each residency and the year-long International Capstone Strategy Project are required to complete the degree. Failure to participate fully and to complete the coursework as scheduled will lead to a delay and possible failure in completing the requirements for graduation as determined by the rules of the degree-granting institution.

Q. What language will the program be in? Does it help to know another language?
A.

All Americas instruction at all Americas Alliance Partner Schools will be in English. However, strong applicants will demonstrate a multinational outlook, prior experience or globally oriented career track. In addition, other language skills, especially Spanish or Portuguese, will be beneficial.

Q. What will I get that will designate that I've gone through this program?
A.

You will receive an Americas Alliance MBA Certificate awarded by the Americas Alliance partner schools (FIA, ITAM, SFU and Vanderbilt).

Q. What, if any, security precautions are being taken for out-of-country travel?
A.

Americas students should be seasoned travelers. All Vanderbilt Americas students on VU-sanctioned trips must coordinate international travel with our preferred travel partner, part of the USTAO (the industry's gold standard for tour operators), which ensures monitoring by International SOS, the State Department and local suppliers to maximize safety. The wisdom of host schools, which secure hoteling and plan events in their respective cities, provides additional assurance that our students are in good local hands at each residency. Students sign a release of liability and are briefed prior to departure on international trips about safety, emergency procedures and smart conduct. The university makes safety in learning a priority.

Q. Who issues the final grades? How is the final GPA determined?
A.

The faculty member teaching each course determines the grades for that course. Seventy-five percent of Americas coursework will be taught and graded by Vanderbilt faculty. For the 25 percent of courses taken at Americas Alliance schools, Vanderbilt will convert the grade earned to Vanderbilt's grading scale. To graduate and obtain a Vanderbilt MBA, Vanderbilt Americas students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete the prescribed 60 credit hours of instruction. A strike system is in place to ensure academic performance (refer to Vanderbilt's Executive MBA/Americas student handbook or The Bulletin of Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management for more details).

Q. Who will be my classmates during the second year?
A.

Your Americas cohort will be comprised of up to 15 Vanderbilt Executive MBA students from your class (determined at time of admission) plus up to 45 student executives from ITAM (Mexico City), FIA (Ṣo Paulo) and Simon Frasier University (Vancouver). Your C-Team in Year One, comprised of other Americas students from Vanderbilt, will be dissolved at the end of Year One. You and likely one of your C-Team members will be cast in an Americas project team for Year Two with team members from the other schools.

Q. Why did Vanderbilt select these partner schools?
A.

Our first goal was to select partners in the four predominant economies in the Americas, namely, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. The Americas program builds on a decade-long relationship with the executive programs at FIA in Ṣo Paulo. All Americas Alliance Partner Schools have national prominence and international reach as well as long-standing traditions of excellence in executive degree education, sensitivity to the needs of multinational corporations in our markets and a customer-focused philosophy that is apparent in the student experience.

Admissions Information

Q. Do I have access to the Leadership Development Program during both years of the program?
A.

Yes. The Leadership Development Program is available to all students during the entire program. Although you will not be coming to campus as often during Year Two, you may work with your executive coach to determine a way to connect virtually. Learn More