FAQ

Admissions Criteria

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.

Admissions Decisions

Q. Is there any advantage to applying in an earlier application round?
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We seek outstanding candidates regardless of the application round. However, space and scholarships are limited, so it is wise to apply as early as possible. Applying earlier means that you will receive an admission decision earlier, leaving you more time to plan your transition to the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing program.

Q. What if I don't respond to my offer in time or I don't satisfy the conditions of my admission?
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The Admissions Committee reserves the right to rescind any offers of admission or scholarships from candidates who have not responded by the specified deadline and from candidates who have not completed the prerequisites required as a condition of their admission.

Admissions Events and Visits

Q. How do I arrange a visit to Vanderbilt?
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Click here to learn more about scheduling a campus visit. 

Q. How should I dress for my campus visit?
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Our guests usually wear business professional attire if they are doing an evaluative interview during the visit. Otherwise, most campus visitors wear business casual attire.

Q. Will failure to visit campus negatively affect my candidacy?
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No, but we encourage you to visit campus because it is the best way to learn about the program, the university and Nashville, and to meet members of the Owen community. We strongly encourage you to visit before you make a final decision about attending Vanderbilt. Most candidates prefer to visit during the academic year so that they can visit while classes are in session.

Essays and Recommendations

Q. How do I choose my recommenders?
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You should submit two recommendations from professors or supervisors who know you well and are familiar with your work. If you are unable to disclose your plans to a current supervisor, provide an explanation in an additional statement and request a former supervisor to complete a recommendation.

Q. May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?
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No. It is not recommended to submit more than two letters of recommendation.

International Students

Q. Is there a special application for international students?
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No, but the U.S. government does require international students to show proof of sufficient financial resources to support themselves for the period of their studies. Therefore, international students are required to complete the Preliminary Financial Declaration portion of the online application prior to submitting.

Interview Process

Q. Do I have to come to Nashville for my evaluative interview?
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No. We recognize that it's not possible for everyone to travel to campus, so we can conduct your interview via Skype.

Q. How important is the interview in relation to the rest of the application?
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The interview (by invitation only) is an important component of the application and provides you with an opportunity to share your story, and us with a chance to get to know you! We hope to hear about experiences from your personal and professional life, to get a sense of your interpersonal and communication skills and to learn about your marketing career goals.

Q. How long do interviews last?
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The interview usually lasts 30 to 45 minutes. In general, the goal of the interview is to assess your maturity, judgment, professionalism, initiative, interpersonal and team skills, communication skills and ability to think critically.

Q. How should I dress for my campus visit?
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Our guests usually wear business professional attire if they are doing an evaluative interview during the visit. Otherwise, most campus visitors wear business casual attire.

Q. Is there an advantage to interviewing on campus?
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An on-campus interview provides an insider's view and is the best way to gain a realistic impression of life as an Owen student. Visiting campus gives you the chance to attend class, have lunch or coffee with a current student, meet with our career management staff and, if approved, conduct your evaluative interview in person.

Q. What can I expect during the interview?
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We conduct a structured conversational interview. We are interested in evaluating all candidates on a common set of criteria, but we also want to discover your individual story, unique talents and personal ambitions. Your interpersonal skills, communication abilities and professional presence are at least as important as the specific content of the interview. We expect that you will wear business professional attire.

Q. What is Vanderbilt's policy on interviews?
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An evaluative interview is required before an offer of admission can be extended. Interviews are by invitation only. You may interview with an admissions director on campus or via Skype video call. If you are invited to interview, we email you with instructions for scheduling an interview.

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.

Transcripts and Test Scores

Q. Can I take the GMAT or GRE more than once?
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Yes. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about your score.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing program require the GMAT?
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We require either the GMAT or GRE. You may self-report your scores for the admissions process. We will verify the scores if you accept an offer of admission to the program. If you last took the test more than five years prior to submitting your application, you must take it again. We review your overall highest test score. Some candidates take the test more than once to obtain a higher score.

Q. If I take the GMAT more than once, do you consider the highest score or do you average the score?
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We will only utilize the highest score when making an admissions decision.

Q. If my GMAT or GPA is significantly below the average for Vanderbilt Master of Marketing students, should I still apply?
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Although the GMAT and GPA are important indicators of your academic ability, they are not the only factors we consider. Your overall academic record, your undergraduate institution and the difficulty of your course work are also indicators of your potential for academic success in the Master of Marketing program. Candidates who are weak in one area of the application may balance that with strengths in other areas.

Q. When should I submit my official transcripts and test scores?
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Only if you are offered and accept our offer of admission will you be required to provide official test scores and transcripts.

Tuition, Loans and Scholarships

Q. Can I work as a student?
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Yes! While life as an Owen student is very demanding, many students choose to work part time (no more than 20 hours per week) to gain valuable marketing experience.

Q. How do I apply for scholarships? What are the selection criteria?
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All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Selection criteria are based on many of the same factors evaluated for an admission decision: academic performance, leadership potential and personal characteristics demonstrated through the essays, interviews and recommendations. Scholarship decisions are communicated in conjunction with admissions decisions.

Q. Is it possible for Master of Marketing students to live in university housing on campus?
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No. On-campus housing is limited to undergraduate students.

Q. Is there any advantage to applying in an earlier application round?
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We seek outstanding candidates regardless of the application round. However, space and scholarships are limited, so it is wise to apply as early as possible. Applying earlier means that you will receive an admission decision earlier, leaving you more time to plan your transition to the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing program.

Q. What is the cost of a Vanderbilt Master of Marketing education?
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Click here for the current estimated total cost of education for a single student during the academic year.

Q. Will you waive the application fee? What if I am financially disadvantaged? What if I was admitted last year but chose not to enroll?
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Vanderbilt waives the application fee only in exceptional circumstances. Please email the Master of Marketing Admissions Team with an explanation of your request for a fee waiver, a copy of your résumé and test scores (if available).

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