Admissions Criteria

Vanderbilt is unique in our mission to provide world-class business education on a personal scale. We seek exceptionally talented individuals who will value our diverse community, meet the challenges of our rigorous program and join our collaborative alumni network. The ideal candidate has earned a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a top-quality college or university. 

As we evaluate applications, we have a holistic approach and look for success in three main areas of your life:

Academic Potential

  • Ideal candidates for the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing (MMark) program are close to completing a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or have recently graduated (within 1-2 years). If you apply before graduation, you must complete your degree before enrolling in the Master of Marketing program.
  • We rely on your academic records and test scores to assess your ability to succeed academically in the program. Ideal candidates have taken a demanding course load in any field of study and have a consistent record of high performance.

Experience and Goals

  • Full-time work experience is not required; however, we strongly recommend internships in marketing or a related field. Most incoming students find that completing a professional internship or job prior to starting the Master of Marketing program allows them to understand new concepts more fully and enable more meaningful contributions in MBA-level classes.
  • We highly value student leadership, community service and extracurricular activities that showcase your leadership skills and your ability to share unique perspectives with the class.
  • While the program offers you the opportunity to explore various marketing careers, we expect you to have invested time considering your unique career goals in marketing through research and informational interviews with marketing professionals.

Personal Qualities and Fit

  • Vanderbilt Master of Marketing students have a balanced approach to life, a history of accomplishment, a sense of social responsibility and strong interpersonal and creative skills, all showing their outstanding potential for leadership in business and society.
  • We hope your essays, recommendations and interview will reveal personal qualities that fit the Vanderbilt culture: integrity, self-awareness, professionalism, communication skills, curiosity, open-mindedness, generosity, authenticity, cooperation, motivation and excellence.

Our goal is to foster diversity of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, educational experience, backgrounds and goals to enhance the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing experience for everyone.

How to Apply

You are about to take the first step toward enhancing your professional potential, exploring and expanding your career possibilities and discovering a new community of bright people from all over the world.

Application Requirements

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,
LOANS &
SCHOLARSHIPS

Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development. We are committed to helping students afford our programs by offering scholarships and low-interest loan opportunities.

The Vanderbilt Master of Marketing degree will give you a distinct advantage in this competitive field—giving you credibility for interviews and improving your potential to succeed.

Master of Marketing Class of 2017 Profile

  • 14 Class Size
  • 23 Average Age
  • 3.51 Undergraduate GPA Average
  • 651 Average GMAT Score
  • 79% Women
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Application Deadlines

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Round2017-18 Deadlines
1November 10, 2017
2January 11, 2018
3*March 15, 2018
4*May 10, 2018

*Limited to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or International students with a 4-year U.S. undergraduate degree.

Applications are accepted and reviewed after the 4th round on a rolling basis.

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FAQ

Program Information

Q. Do you accept applications for spring entry into the Master of Marketing program?
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No. While we accept applications throughout the year, all students begin classes in July and graduate in May.

Q. Do you offer part-time Master of Marketing programs?
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No, the Master of Marketing program is a full-time, 10-month, on-campus program.

Q. What is the application process for completing an MBA at Vanderbilt after graduating with the Master of Marketing degree?
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A Vanderbilt Master of Marketing graduate who works three to five years and decides to pursue a Vanderbilt MBA is one semester ahead, with 12 credits applicable toward the 62-credit MBA program.The graduate must still complete an MBA application and be considered in the competitive applicant pool. If accepted into Vanderbilt's MBA program, the candidate can complete the MBA in three semesters instead of four. MBA applicants have an average of five years of work experience, many in the kinds of entry-level marketing and sales roles that Master of Marketing students will attain. MMark graduates will need to build the appropriate experience, then apply to the Vanderbilt MBA program and complete the remaining core classes and requirements in place at the time of MBA enrollment.

Q. What is the difference between a Master of Marketing degree and an MBA degree?
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The Master of Marketing is an accelerated, 10-month, 31-credit program that is a deep dive into all facets of marketing (fundamentals, analytics and marketing strategy) and two independent-study immersions—one in industry and one in a specific marketing content area—providing the opportunity for students to tailor the curriculum to help them secure an entry-level role in marketing that does not require full-time work experience. An MBA is a 21-month, 62-credit program providing more general management offerings, including other core management topics (finance, economics, operations, accounting, organization management, strategy). An MBA allows for a summer internship in a new field (helpful for career switchers) and generally requires full-time work experience for MBA-level job consideration. A Vanderbilt Master of Marketing graduate who works three to five years post-graduation and decides to pursue a Vanderbilt MBA is one semester ahead, with 12 credits applicable toward the MBA (if accepted).

Q. What kinds of positions will I be qualified for upon graduating from the Master of Marketing program?
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Students graduating with a Vanderbilt Master of Marketing degree will be qualified for a variety of positions within the broad scope of marketing: analytics, digital marketing (including web-based and social media marketing), advertising and promotion, sales and market research.

Q. When do classes begin?
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All Master of Marketing students are required to attend Orientation and complete on-campus course work prior to the start of the academic semester. Master of Marketing students report to campus in late July. The projected start date for the Master of Marketing program is July 24, 2017, and the projected commencement date is May 11, 2018.

Q. Will I be included in Owen's social structure (student clubs, socials, etc.)?
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Owen's active student body offers a number of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom, and Master of Marketing students will have access to a number of professional and social clubs.

Admissions Information

Q. Can Master of Marketing graduates return to Owen to complete an MBA?
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Yes, Master of Marketing students can apply to the Vanderbilt MBA program. The admissions standards for the MBA program are different and generally require three to five years of work experience. If you are admitted to the MBA program, some of the Master of Marketing course credits can be used to satisfy MBA graduation requirements.

Q. Does a particular academic or professional background give me an advantage in the admissions process?
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We seek students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds.

Q. Does the Master of Marketing program accept transfer students or transfer credits?
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No, the program does not accept transfer students or transfer credits.

Q. What kind of work experience does the Admissions Committee consider?
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We do not require prior full-time work experience for the Master of Marketing program. However, competitive applicants will have at least one internship that is applicable to career interests in marketing.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?
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Master of Marketing applicants need to have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year undergraduate institution and should have shown high academic and personal achievement. Scores on the GMAT, GRE and TOEFL (for applicants who are not native English speakers) should be competitive with other Vanderbilt graduate programs. Applicants should also have proven creative and analytical aptitude and exceptional communication skills.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MBA program accept a 3 year undergraduate degree?
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A three (3) year degree does not meet Owen’s academic admission qualifications/requirements. International students must have a degree from an accredited 4-year undergraduate program, or they must also complete the Charter Accountancy Designation OR at least one year of a Master of Commerce degree program to compliment the three year degree.