Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development – a Vanderbilt MBA is an investment worth making. We are committed to helping students afford the Vanderbilt MBA program by offering scholarships and low-interest loan opportunities.
However you choose to finance your MBA, know that the competitive post-MBA jobs our students secure often make the loan payback period significantly shorter. In fact, our graduates from the class of 2019 recorded the highest salaries in our history—annual average base pay reached $118,888.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Deadline to Apply- Oct. 14, 2019
Decisions Released- Dec. 13, 2019
Deposit Deadline- Jan 17, 2020
Deadline to Apply- Jan. 6, 2020
Decisions Released- Mar. 27, 2020
Deposit Deadline- Apr. 20, 2020
Deadline to Apply- April 6, 2020*
Decisions Released- May 4, 2020
Deposit Deadline- May 18, 2020
Priority consideration for Scholars Day and Diversity Scholarships is given to those who apply by Jan. 6, 2020, Round 2.
*Because we cannot ensure that admitted international candidates will be able to secure their visas in time to start the program, we are no longer accepting applications from international candidates for Fall 2020.
In response to the global spread of the coronavirus, Vanderbilt MBA is waiving the $200 application fee for Round 3 applicants. Due to the temporary suspension of GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS testing in countries affected by the coronavirus, we are temporarily accepting self-reported test scores for admissions consideration and will work with you if you have had your exams cancelled (official scores will be due upon admission). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your test has been cancelled and you have concerns. Students are encouraged to take advantage of virtual testing options, including the GRE (available March 27) and the TOEFL (available March 26).
You can view Vanderbilt University’s most updated response to COVID-19 here.
In light of the current situation, we have added Round 4 to our application cycle. Please see information below for details.
To help navigate the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), Vanderbilt MBA is offering a new Round 4 deadline
Deadline to Apply- June 1, 2020*
Decisions Released- June 15, 2020
Deposit Deadline- June 30, 2020
Round 4 provides an expedited admissions process for prospective students who may be just beginning to consider business school for the Fall 2020 term in this uniquely challenging environment. Round 4 applications will be considered on a rolling basis, leading up to a June 1 deadline. Applicants will be provided a decision within a week of application completion.
Applicants that are unable to provide a test score will still be moved through the normal admissions process, with interviews, admission committee review, and other standard procedures. The lack of testing availability is affecting many prospective students, and Vanderbilt hopes that this additional application round will alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty around the application process. Upon submitting an official test score, students will receive an admissions decision within one week.
*Because we cannot ensure that admitted international candidates applying during Round 4 will be able to secure their visas in time to start the program, we are no longer accepting applications from international candidates for Fall 2020.
Congratulations on deciding to advance your career with a master of business administration (MBA) degree!
Below you will find the basics of the Vanderbilt admissions process. As we evaluate applications, we apply a holistic and balanced approach. We will be looking for success in several main areas of your life: academic potential, professional experience, career goals, personal qualities and fit. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to apply. If you have any questions during the admissions process, please contact us.
Start or continue your application process today. We look forward to seeing your application and learning more about you!
Explore the links below for our general admissions criteria and details on how to apply. Then, please complete your online application.
In addition to being a top-ranked MBA program that will help you achieve your career goals, Vanderbilt prides itself on being military-friendly and providing an environment and programs especially suited to military candidates. Check out our resources available to military candidates to get started.
Vanderbilt values the worldview international students bring to our program. In addition to a dedicated International Recruiting and Relations Director, we offer resources and scholarships specifically for international candidates.
Because we cannot ensure that admitted international candidates will be able to secure their visas in time to start the program, we are no longer accepting applications from international candidates for Fall 2020.
Vanderbilt is a place where you will be challenged to achieve your potential, find support as you shape your future, discover lifelong friends and mentors and open doors to new possibilities. Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt here.
As a result, we are currently not accepting campus visit requests at this time.
We certainly want to stay in touch and answer any and all of your questions about the program. Our MBA Recruiting Team is available to chat via ZOOM meeting, phone call, or email. For questions about campus visits, please email email@example.com. For non-campus visit related questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit vu.edu/coronavirus for the latest information about COVID-19.
No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits. If we do admit an individual who is already enrolled in another full-time MBA program, we will not accept transfer credits. The student will be expected to complete all 62 credits required for the Vanderbilt MBA degree.
The Admissions Committee considers each candidate individually. Admission is always based on individual credentials.
No. We seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity in all forms—academic, professional, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, socioeconomic and so on—is an important component of the Vanderbilt MBA experience.
No, there are no specific prerequisites. However, candidates with little or no business background are strongly urged to review algebra 2, statistics, basic finance, accounting and/or economic principles. Our program is highly quantitative in the first year, so to prepare for this, quantitative pre-work will ensure that you are successful in those classes. The Admissions Committee looks for a variety of abilities in all applicants, including critical thinking and analytical skills, communication abilities and interpersonal and leadership skills. Most students who have successfully completed introductory courses in college-level calculus and statistics find that they are adequately prepared to meet the quantitative demands of the program. Before classes start, Vanderbilt offers optional online reviews for incoming MBA students who want additional preparation. Click here for a detailed explanation of our admissions criteria.
All kinds, but only full-time post baccalaureate work experience is counted in the official statistics we report. When we evaluate your application, we consider all full-time work, military experience, part-time work, internships, co-op assignments, summer jobs and volunteer work.
No. Vanderbilt does not admit applicants seeking a second MBA degree or similar graduate management degree, regardless of where the first was obtained. Exempt from this policy are master's degrees that focus on a specific functional area of business (such as accounting, finance or management information systems) and do not offer a broad general management curriculum typical of the MBA degree.
A three (3) year degree (B.Com, B.A. or B. Sc) will be accepted when accompanied by a WES evaluation certifying that the degree is equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree. Alternatively, applicants may complete the Chartered Accountancy Designation or the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation OR at least one year of a Master's of Commerce degree program to compliment the three-year degree. If you have questions, please contact Kim Killingsworth, Director of International Recruiting & Relations.
Events & Visits
No. In general, you are encouraged to visit campus at least once because it is the best way to introduce yourself to members of the Owen community and to learn about the Vanderbilt MBA program, the university and Nashville. If you have not visited campus before receiving an offer of admission, we strongly encourage you to visit before you make a final decision about attending Vanderbilt. Most candidates prefer to visit during the academic year while classes are in session. However, we encourage you to visit at any time.
It depends. The availability of hosts, suitability of classes, number of visitors and other demands on our resources often make it difficult to arrange for you to attend more than one class during your campus visit. Our graduate assistants will work with you to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Vanderbilt.
Our graduate assistants will try to organize your visit around your individual background, interests and goals. The unpredictability of your travel schedule, the availability of student hosts and the activities of a certain class on any given day prevent us from guaranteeing that we will be able to fulfill everyone's desires all of the time. Regardless of the class you attend, the host you meet or the duration of your stay, we know you will find your visit to Vanderbilt to be a pleasant and productive experience.
Our guests usually wear business professional attire when interviewing. Otherwise, most campus visitors wear business casual attire.
During a personalized campus visit, you will be introduced to a student host, who will take you to his or her class, introduce you to faculty and fellow students and accompany you to lunch. After lunch, you can participate in a small group discussion with a member of our Career Management Center. You can arrange an evaluative interview or information session with a member of the Admissions Committee as a part of your visit.
Many applicants consider it ideal to complete an admissions interview while visiting campus; however, it is not required. You may skip the evaluative interview during your visit, or you may replace it with an informational meeting with a member of the Admissions Committee. When limited interview slots are available, priority is given to the most competitive applicants.