APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Complete all data fields on the online application. Please submit your application only when it represents your best effort, and only after everything is complete. Submitting an incomplete application may significantly delay the processing and review of your file.

TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES

Transcripts

  • We require a separate unofficial transcript from every college or university you are attending or have attended.
  • Official transcripts are required from each institution only if you accept an offer of admission.
  • If you have not graduated, and your conferred degree will be issued later, please wait to order a copy of your official transcript. Official transcripts must reflect the date that the degree was conferred and the degree awarded.
  • If you cannot calculate your cumulative GPA or convert it to a four-point scale, leave the field blank. We will evaluate your academic record accordingly.

Transcripts can be sent either via the postal service or via secure electronic delivery. In order to be considered official, transcripts, and other documents must come directly from the institution attended. Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of transcripts. These submissions may be made to cdm@vanderbilt.edu.

Transcripts sent via the postal service should be addressed as follows:

CDM-Owen
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

GMAT or GRE Scores

We require the GMAT or GRE as a part of the application. Vanderbilt does not have a preferred test and you are encouraged to take whichever test you feel more comfortable with. While you can submit your application with a self-reported GMAT or GRE test score, your application will not be considered complete and you will not receive an admissions decision until your official score report has been received.

If you have taken the GMAT or GRE multiple times, we will consider your total highest test score. For GRE scores, we will evaluate your test independently and convert your exam score to a GMAT using the GRE conversion tool.

Please request that the testing agency send your official scores to:

Center for Data Management-OWEN
Vanderbilt University (Institution Code 1871)
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

GMAT or GRE Waiver. Recognizing the extraordinary challenges faced by many applicants, Vanderbilt is offering GMAT/GRE test waivers to qualified candidates for the 2020-21 MMark application cycle. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are interested in a GMAT/GRE waiver must start an application and upload supporting documentation.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores (International Students Only)

  • In most cases, international applicants are required to take the TOEFL. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be waived only for candidates who have earned a university degree in an English-speaking country—not just at an English-speaking institution—or those who have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years.
  • We will also accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in lieu of the TOEFL.
  • If you last took the test more than two years prior to the date of application, you must take it again because results are valid for only two years.
  • You must take the TOEFL or IELTS before submitting your application so that you can record the scores in the application.
  • Because we rely on the accuracy of self-reported test scores, you are not required to provide an official TOEFL or IELTS score report at the time of application. Only if you are offered and accept admission will you be required to have ETS send official test scores to the Admissions Office.
  • You should not submit an application until you are satisfied with your test results, as we prefer not to hold applications while waiting for new scores.

Your application will not be considered complete until your test scores have been verified. You should not submit an application until you are satisfied with your test results. We prefer not to hold applications while waiting for new scores. Our institution code is 1871 for the IELTS and TOEFL. When choosing the department, please proceed as follows to ensure your scores are reported to Vanderbilt. Please select “Graduate,” not "Undergraduate," as the type of test you are taking. A drop-down menu will then ask you to choose the “Department.” Choose the last option in the drop-down menu and click on “Any Department Not Listed.” 

You can contact ETS with questions about the TOEFL here, or by calling 609-771-7100, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, ET.

To contact IELTS, email ielts@ieltsintl.org.

ESSAYS

Essays

  • Your two essays give us great insight into your thinking, communication style, personality, and other unique qualities.
  • Be prepared to explain your short-term (post-graduation) and long-term career plans as specifically as possible and to demonstrate your creativity. Log into the application to see specific questions for the current application round.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Recommendations

  • Your recommenders can submit references securely online as part of your application materials.
  • Instructions will be included in an email sent to your recommenders after you enter the person's contact information in the Recommender section. Be sure to alert your recommender to look for an email from Vanderbilt.
  • Acceptable recommenders include a current or former professor who knows you well and a current or former employer or business professional who has relied on your work.

RESUME

Please upload a current professional resume that highlights your educational background, any work or internship experience, activities, interests, and hobbies that are significant to you. Your resume should be in a format that you would present to a prospective employer.

EVALUATIVE INTERVIEWS

Based on application screening, candidates may be invited to continue the application process with an in-person or video interview. Interview invitations are sent via email with instructions on how to schedule an interview convenient to you.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS

Your application is considered complete and ready when we receive your online application, the above documents (at least a scheduled GMAT or GRE test date) and application fee. Although still required before any offer of admission is given, the evaluative interview and any other supplemental items are not required for the Admissions Committee to deny or waitlist an applicant at any stage.

Click here to check the status of your completed application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

APPLICATION FEE: There is a $100 application fee for the Master of Marketing program.

DEFERRED ADMISSION AND REAPPLICATION: The Master of Marketing program may offer deferred admission on a case-by-case basis.  If admitted to the program in a year in which you choose not to enroll, you must request approval for a deferral. Financial aid is not guaranteed from one year to the next. If you are reapplying, please use the same log-in credentials you previously used. Some of your previous application data will transfer into your new application.

MAILING SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:  We recommend that you keep copies of everything you submit to Vanderbilt for the duration of the application process. Please mail any supplemental application materials not submitted electronically to:

Center for Data Management - OWEN
Vanderbilt University
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

APPLICATION STATUS: You can check your status at any time by logging into your Application Status page, keeping in mind it may take a short time to process applications.

ADMISSION DECISIONS: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates may be invited to continue the application process with an in-person or video interview. If you are chosen for an evaluative interview, you will receive an invitation via email. The evaluative interview and any other supplemental items are not required for the Admissions Committee to deny or waitlist an applicant at any stage. You will receive an email to notify you that a decision has been made. In general, we will notify you within four weeks of receiving your application. All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final, and applicants will be considered for admission only once in any given academic year.