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.



MBA Class of 2021 Profile

  • 147 Class Size
  • 21-36 Age Range
  • 5.3 Mean Years of Work Experience
  • 680 Median GMAT Score
  • 3.36 Median Undergraduate GPA


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.

Round 1

Deadline to Apply- Oct. 14, 2019

Decisions Released- Dec. 13, 2019

Deposit Deadline- Jan 17, 2020

Round 2

Deadline to Apply- Jan. 6, 2020

Decisions Released- Mar. 27, 2020

Deposit Deadline- Apr. 20, 2020

Round 3

Deadline to Apply- April 6, 2020

Decisions Released- May 11, 2020

Deposit Deadline- May 22, 2020

Priority consideration for Scholars Day and Diversity Scholarships is given to those who apply by Jan. 6, 2020, Round 2.

Due to the temporary suspension of GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS testing in China, we will work with you if you have had your exams cancelled. Please contact if your test has been cancelled and you have concerns.

Applications are accepted and reviewed after Round 3 deadline on a rolling basis if seats remain. 


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 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. Contact our Military Recruiting Admissions Director 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.

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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Criteria

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

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

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

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

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 require calculus, statistics or other quantitative courses as prerequisites?

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

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. 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?

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 the Vanderbilt MBA program accept a 3-year undergraduate 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

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?

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?

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

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. How do I get to Nashville?

Click here for directions to Nashville and Vanderbilt. Click here for a campus map.

Q. How should I dress for my campus visit?

Our guests usually wear business professional attire when interviewing. Otherwise, most campus visitors wear business casual attire.

Q. With whom will I meet while visiting Vanderbilt?

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.

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