HOW TO APPLY

Congratulations on deciding to advance your career with a master of business administration (MBA) degree!

Find out what makes the Vanderbilt MBA unique. Visit the Vanderbilt Advantage. If you need more convincing, discover more about MBA career paths and support available at Vanderbilt.

Below you will find the basics of the Vanderbilt admissions process. As we evaluate applications, we have a holistic and balanced approach to admissions. We will be looking for success in several main areas of your life: academic potential, professional experience and career goals and personal qualities and fit. Click here for more detailed instructions on the application process. 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.

TUITION,
LOANS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development, however 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 2016 recorded the highest salaries in our history—annual median base pay reached $110,000.

MBA Class of 2019 Profile

  • 172 Class Size
  • 23-47 Age Range
  • 5.2 Mean Years of Work Experience
  • 690 Mean GMAT Score
  • 3.3 Mean Undergraduate GPA
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APPLICATION DEADLINES

October 23, 2017

MBA Round 1 Application Deadline

Apply: October 23, 2017 Decision: December 8, 2017 Deposit: January 8, 2018
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January 08, 2018

MBA Round 2 Application Deadline

Apply: January 8, 2018 Decision: March 16, 2018 Deposit: April 23, 2018
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March 05, 2018

MBA Round 3 Application Deadline

Apply: March 5, 2018 Decision: April 13, 2018 Deposit: April 30, 2018
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ADMISSIONS EVENTS

October 28, 2017

MBA Women in Business Symposium

This event is especially targeted for individuals interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities facing women in business. Hear firsthand from students and alumni on what life is like as a woman in business school and in post-business school careers. A corporate speaker will let participants know why businesses value diversity and give advice on how to succeed. Come learn more about Vanderbilt's commitment to diversity!
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November 10, 2017

MBA Diversity Symposium

Diversity Symposium is an event geared towards underrepresented minority applicants (individuals of African American, Native American, Hispanic American or Pacific Island American descent), with a focus on challenges facing minorities in business and Vanderbilt's commitment to diversity. Registration required for this event. Click "Register Now" button for event details and registration.  
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November 11, 2017

MBA Discover Weekend

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PLAN
YOUR VISIT

As Patricia Diaz Estrada—one of our MBA grads—shared, “When I visited, I knew I had to choose Vanderbilt.” A visit to Nashville and Vanderbilt can help you and our team determine if Vanderbilt is the right fit for you.

MEET YOUR TEAM

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MEET ADMISSIONS AMBASSADORS

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MILITARY CANDIDATES

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. Contact our Military Recruiting Admissions Director to get started.

INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

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.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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.

FAQ

Admissions Criteria

Q. Does a particular academic or professional background give me any advantage in the admissions process?
A.

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.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MBA program accept transfer students or transfer credits?
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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.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MBA program require calculus, statistics or other quantitative courses as prerequisites?
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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.

Q. If I already completed an MBA or similar degree from another school, in or out of the U.S., am I still eligible for admission?
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No, Vanderbilt does not admit applicants seeking a second MBA degree or a similar graduate management degree, regardless of where the first was obtained. Exempt from this policy are graduate management degrees that were earned at a college or university outside the U.S. in order to satisfy the four-year U.S. bachelor's degree requirement. Also exempt 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.

Q. My spouse/partner and I are applying and plan to enroll together. Will you evaluate our applications together or separately?
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The Admissions Committee considers each candidate individually. Admission is always based on individual credentials.

Q. What kind of work experience does the Admissions Committee consider?
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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.

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.

Events & Visits

Q. Can I specify the subject for the class I will attend during my campus visit?
A.

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.

Q. Do I have to complete an evaluative interview during my campus visit?
A.

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.

Q. How do I get to Nashville?
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Click here for directions to Nashville and Vanderbilt. Click here for a campus map.

Q. How should I dress for my campus visit?
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Our guests usually wear business professional attire when interviewing. Otherwise, most campus visitors wear business casual attire.

Q. I live in the U.S. but prefer not to travel to Nashville until I know I have been admitted. Will failure to visit negatively affect my candidacy?
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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.

Q. May I schedule more than one class visit?
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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.

Q. With whom will I meet while visiting Vanderbilt?
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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.