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Complete the form to receive the Ultimate Guide to MBA Admissions, as well as additional information about the Vanderbilt MBA.

Complete the form to receive the Ultimate Guide to MBA Admissions, as well as additional information about the Vanderbilt MBA.

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Admissions Criteria

We take business personally.

The Vanderbilt MBA is designed for early career professionals who want to accelerate their career or switch career paths entirely.

At Vanderbilt we're looking for students who are inquisitive, self-aware, adaptable, and driven. We are a close-knit and collaborative community and our holistic approach to the admissions process ensures that we take the time to get to know you. Most students in our program have more than 2 years of work experience, with the majority of students having an average of 4-6 years of full time post-baccalaureate experience. While we have found that several years of work experience really makes a difference in both classroom learning experience and career opportunities upon graduation, we recognize each candidate is unique and evaluate each application thoughtfully. To learn more about what our class looks like, visit our class profile.

HOW TO APPLY

A complete Vanderbilt MBA application includes the following:

  • a submitted online application,
  • an official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score,
  • academic transcripts,
  • a letter of recommendation,
  • a resume,
  • video responses,
  • short written statements, and
  • an evaluative interview.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact us.

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TUITION,
LOANS & SCHOLARSHIPS

We recognize that business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development and are committed to helping students afford the cost of tuition by offering scholarships and low-interest loan options.

However you choose to finance your MBA, know that the post-MBA jobs and salaries secured by our students often make the loan payback period significantly shorter than anticipated. For more information on post-MBA salaries, view our exceptional outcomes.

MBA Class of 2023 Profile

  • 182 Class Size
  • 23-40 Age Range
  • 5.7 Mean Years of Work Experience
  • 690 Average GMAT Score
  • 3.33 Median Undergraduate GPA
SEE THE FULL MBA CLASS PROFILE

APPLICATION DEADLINES

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

RoundApplication DeadlineDecision Release DateDeposit Deadline
1Oct. 12, 2021Dec. 17, 2021Jan. 14, 2022
2*Jan. 5, 2022Mar. 25, 2022Apr. 14, 2022
3*Mar. 29, 2022May 6, 2022May 20, 2022
4May 16, 2022Rolling AdmissionRolling Admission

We anticipate your application will be complete on the application deadline date. Applicants who are missing checklist items two weeks after the deadline will be moved to the next round.

*Apply by Round 2 for consideration for the Dean's Scholars Award Program and Round 3 for priority consideration for other merit-based scholarships.

*To ensure adequate time for visa processing, Round 3 is the final deadline for international applicants.

**All decisions for the round will be released on the decision release date. We are unable to provide early decisions.


Vanderbilt is pleased to offer GMAT/GRE/EA test waivers to qualified candidates for the 2021-22 MBA application cycle. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are interested in a GMAT/GRE/EA waiver must start an application, then complete the test waiver request form and upload supporting documentation. Additional information on test wavier requirements can be found on the application instruction page.

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

VIRTUAL VISIT EXPERIENCE

The Vanderbilt MBA Virtual Visit experience is designed to help you get to know Vanderbilt Business and better connect with our community.

FOR VANDERBILT UNDERGRADS–OUR VU2MBA ADMISSIONS PROGRAM

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MILITARY CANDIDATES

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.

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. Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt here.

MEET YOUR RECRUITING MANAGER

Amanda Fend
Amanda Fend
Director, MBA Recruiting
Email
615-343-0621
Kim Killingsworth
Kim Killingsworth
Director, International Recruiting & Relations
Email
615-343-4418
Rob Schickler
Rob Schickler
Associate Director, Recruiting & Admissions
Email
615-875-1024
Ashley Lomax
Ashley Lomax
Assistant Director, Recruiting and Admissions, Lead Diversity Recruiter
Email
615-875-1979
Mckenzie Mulligan
Mckenzie Mulligan
Assistant Director, Recruiting & Admissions
Email
615-343-4775
Colleen Pagnani
Colleen Pagnani
Recruiting and Admissions Specialist
Email
615-343-6569
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Frequently Asked Questions

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?
A.

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.

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

We seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity in all forms—academic, professional, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, and socioeconomic—is an important component of the Vanderbilt MBA experience.

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

There are no specific prerequisites for our program. Our program is highly quantitative in the first year so candidates with little or no business background are urged to review statistics, basic finance, accounting, and/or economic principles. 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 online reviews for incoming MBA students who want additional preparation. Click here for a detailed explanation of our admissions criteria.

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

No. We are unable to not accept transfer students or transfer credits. If we do admit an individual who is already enrolled in another full-time MBA program, transfer credits will not be accepted and the student will be expected to complete all 62 credits required for the Vanderbilt MBA degree.

Q. Does the Vanderbilt MBA program accept a 3-year undergraduate degree?
A.

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.

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

All kinds. When we evaluate your application, we consider all full-time work, including military experience and volunteer work.

Q. My spouse/partner and I are applying and plan to enroll together. Will you evaluate our applications together or separately?
A.

The Admissions Committee considers each candidate individually. Admission is always based on individual credentials.

Events & Visits

Q. Can I conduct an on campus visit?
A.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, on campus visits are currently suspended. However, we are offering virtual campus visits that includes lunch with current students, a Career Management Center Small Group Session, a session with our Recruiting & Admissions Team, and the opportunity to attend our Vanderbilt Insider events.