MS Finance


Vanderbilt’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) offers you an experience unlike any other MS Finance program in the country. Learn more about yourself and your work style by leveraging industry wisdom, industry-proven assessments and executive coaches to help you turn personal insights into personal success strategies.

How it Works.

Success Factors from Industry

How will you differentiate yourself from your peers? How will you become your boss’s go-to person? How will you maximize the connections you make in your career? Consider collective advice from finance industry leaders, alumni, and executive coaches to expand your perspective throughout your Vanderbilt MS Finance experience.

Hogan Assessment & Executive Coaching

Add a competitive advantage to your career by understanding your talents more fully, and identifying underdeveloped areas that may need bolstering in order to achieve your future goals. By employing a leadership assessment used to develop leaders in more than half of the Fortune 500, and by working with a certified executive coach to unpack your personal information and goals, you’ll position yourself as a more promotable leader.

Launch to Full-Time

Develop practical strategies for building networks/relationships within your company and establishing your professional reputation all in a way that’s consistent with your career goals and personal values. By establishing a personal success strategy for your first job post-graduation, you will be prepared to impress your future boss from day one.

By the numbers


The way we approach leadership development in the MS Finance program.

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Learship Development Program

Q. Is the Leadership Development Program part of the curriculum?

No, LDP is not part of any curriculum at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. By design, LDP supplements your academic work to help you develop as a more capable, well-rounded business professional. Just like in business—when your company offers you access to resources dedicated to high-potential leaders—your level of initiative, openness to new challenges, and drive for success are demonstrated by how you leverage those resources.

Q. If MS Finance LDP is not part of the curriculum, why should I participate?

What you learn about yourself through LDP can shape how you tackle your job search, how you respond to interview questions, how you lead or contribute to high-functioning student and work teams and how you build your career.

Q. What is the Hogan Assessment?

Hogan is a personality-based assessment used by more than half of the Fortune 500 companies, including companies like Bank of America, Citi, and HSBC. Hogan was developed to improve workplace performance and is used among companies globally.

Q. Who are the executive coaches?

Our executive coaches in the Owen Coaching Network are a carefully vetted, high-performing set of independent coaches whose full-time job is to coach executives, leaders and future leaders in industry. Their primary clients are corporate leaders, and they take on as many Owen student coaching clients as their schedules will allow in a given year. Our coaches are qualified and certified by the International Coach Federation, and the coaches who work with MS Finance students are a specific subset of the larger network. Our MS Finance coaches have extensive experience working as a finance professional, working with finance professionals, and/or coaching finance and early career stage professionals.