During Year One, all Global Executive MBA-Americas students begin with a one-week residency in New Harmony, IN and continue alternating Saturday classes on Vanderbilt’s campus with the traditional Executive MBA students until the beginning of Year Two. In the second year, you will stop coming to classes in Nashville and instead travel to four different countries to join an international class of students in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. This intense yet innovative schedule allows students to minimize time away from their job and better balance work, home and school. The program is cleanly segmented into semesters with allowances for breaks and holidays. Concentrated class days during Year One are heavy on class instruction (about nine hours per day) but also allow ample time for meetings with faculty and group work sessions. Class days during international immersions in Year Two are a mix of classroom instruction and visits to local corporations while also giving students with built-in opportunities to work with your international team and International Capstone Strategy Project. The leadership development program is a large part of the program, but as it is voluntary (though highly recommended), it is not built into the formal curriculum. Students must successfully complete 60 credit hours of course work to graduate with a Vanderbilt MBA.
New Harmony, Indiana
August: Vancouver, Canada Immersion
|Global Capstone Strategy Project||8|
October: São Paulo, Brazil Immersion
|Corporate Social Responsibility||2.5|
|Strategic Management for Emerging Markets||2.5|
|Global Capstone Strategy Project (Cont.)|
January: Mexico City, Mexico Immersion
|Competitiveness and Strategy||2.5|
|Global Capstone Strategy Project (Cont.)|
April: Nashville, United States Immersion
|Creating and Launching New Ventures||2.5|
|Leading a Global Innovation Strategy||2.5|
|Global Capstone Strategy Project (Cont.)|
Degree requirements and course information are subject to change.
Year Two of the program offers valuable experiences through international immersions in four countries—Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The four residencies are strategically placed across a full calendar year—one per academic quarter to maximize vacation time at your job. You will attend classes on the campuses of each of the four Americas Alliance Partner Schools where you are taught by faculty who are local experts in their fields.
In Canada, you will attend classes at Simon Fraser University. Coursework will focus on global strategy as Year Two kicks off. You will also meet and begin working with your newly assigned international cross-cultural team.
In Brazil, you will attend classes at the Fundacao Instituto de Administracao, known as FIA.
Coursework will focus on corporate social responsibility and doing business in emerging
Mexico City, Mexico
In Mexico, you will attend classes at the Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico, known as ITAM. Coursework will focus on family business and global competitiveness.
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
In the United States, you will attend classes at Vanderbilt University. Coursework will focus on creating and launching a venture as well as innovation. This residency will conclude the Year Two experience and will culminate in a celebration ceremony.
Since most successful executives tackle problems in teams, we’ve always believed business students should too. That’s why at Vanderbilt, unlike anywhere else, you will complete much of their work as part of a cross-functional “Team” of peers. Throughout the program, teams will integrate the tools and concepts from coursework to build a strategic plan for a real international client company, culminating in an International Capstone Strategy Project. In the Global Executive MBA Americas program, the Year One Team is comprised of Vanderbilt-based Americas students. In Year Two, students are reassigned to an international cross-cultural team with students from each of the four Americas Alliance Partner Schools in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
You will receive an Americas Alliance MBA Certificate awarded by the Americas Alliance partner schools (FIA, ITAM, SFU and Vanderbilt).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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