Application Checklist

A complete Vanderbilt MBA application includes several pieces: a submitted online application, video responses, short written statements, resume, an official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score, academic transcripts, an evaluative interview, and a letter of recommendation. For additional information on any of these pieces of the Vanderbilt MBA application, please click below.

Online Application

The Vanderbilt MBA application is hosted online. To begin, you will be asked to provide basic information such as demographic and contact information, areas of interest, activities and education, and work history. Applications are considered complete when each supplemental item has been received and processed by our team. You can check your application status at any time by accessing the application checklist.

All applications are due by 11:59PM Central Time on the deadline date.

 

 

GMAT, GRE,
or EA

We require the official GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment score as a part of the application. While you can submit your application with a self-reported test score, your application will not be considered complete and you will not receive an admissions decision until your official score report has been received from the testing service. Applicants who are missing checklist items two weeks after the round deadline will be moved to the next round.

Vanderbilt does not have a preferred test and you are encouraged to take whichever test you feel more comfortable with. GMAT, GRE, and Executive Assessment exams taken in person and online are given equal consideration. If you have taken the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment multiple times, we will consider your total highest test score. For GRE scores, we will evaluate your test independently and convert your exam score to a GMAT using the GRE conversion tool.

Applications will be evaluated with the test score(s) indicated at the time of application submission. If you are taking a test again, it is your responsibility to update the Admissions Office via email of any new test score(s) you wish to be included in the application evaluation. In addition, you will need to request the new official test score(s) be sent to Vanderbilt.

When requesting official score reports, the GMAT testing center does not require a school code and you will only be asked to provide the school name. Our institution code is 1871 for the GRE.

GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment Waiver. Recognizing the extraordinary challenges faced by many applicants, Vanderbilt is offering waivers for the required admissions tests (GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment) to qualified candidates for the 2020-21 MBA application cycle. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are interested in being considered for a test waiver for the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) requirement must start an application, then complete the test waiver request form and upload supporting documentation.

Applicants who demonstrate multiple examples of academic and professional accomplishment are more likely to receive a waiver. Examples of relevant quantitative success include, but are not limited to:

  • strong performance in previous quantitative and analytical coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level,
  • five or more years of professional work experience with proven analytical experience, and
  • earning a CPA or CFA certification or additional professional certification.

* An approved GMAT/GRE/EA waiver is not an admissions decision or an indication of an admissions decision and we are unable to offer a GMAT/GRE/EA waiver if you have already submitted GMAT, GRE, or EA test scores to Vanderbilt University.

Applicants should consider a number of factors before submitting a GMAT/GRE/EA waiver request including their overall candidate profile. Submission of a test score is an additional data point considered by the Admissions Committee when determining merit-based scholarships. There are also some employers who may request a GMAT/GRE/EA score as part of their MBA hiring screening process. This is particularly true in industries such as consulting or finance. Candidates are encouraged to consider all factors before submitting a GMAT/GRE/EA test waiver request.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application submission. Please upload a copy of an academic transcript from every college or university you attended.

Official transcripts will be verified prior to your enrollment and admitted students are required to mail official transcripts from each institution they have attended upon acceptance of their offer of admission.

What is an official transcript? The final official transcripts must prove successful completion of a four-year U.S. bachelor degree or its equivalent and show the date that the degree was conferred and awarded. Please submit a copy of the diploma for any earned university degrees that are not explicitly specified on an official transcript. If a cumulative GPA is not specified on the transcript for each degree earned or institution attended, please have your registrar’s office include an explanation of the grading scale. If a cumulative GPA cannot be converted to a four-point scale, leave the field blank and we will evaluate your academic record accordingly. Non-U.S. students should leave this field blank if the degree was not obtained in the U.S.

In order to be considered official, transcripts and other documents must come directly from the institution attended.

Official Transcripts sent via email should be sent to: cdm@vanderbilt.edu.

Official Transcripts sent via the postal service should be addressed as follows:

CDM-Owen
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

If an official or unofficial transcript is not in English, provide a notarized English translation from a certified professional and upload it with the original transcript or copy. If your university retains the only official copy of your transcript, a duplicate copy certified by an officer of the university is acceptable. Applicants who have studied at a university outside the United States may want to describe their relative academic performance and achievements (such as scores on entrance exams, class rank, academic honors, etc.) in an additional statement.

Letter
of Rec

One letter of recommendation is a required component of the application. We encourage you to choose a professional recommender, preferably a supervisor familiar with your work. If you are unable to disclose your plans to a current supervisor, you may provide an explanation in the optional explanatory statement and request a former supervisor, client, or vendor to complete a recommendation.

After you enter your recommender’s contact information within the application, instructions on submitting the recommendation securely online will be included in an email sent to your recommender

Your recommender may either use the Vanderbilt recommender form or the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation template. The GMAC Common LOR template can be used for MBA applicants applying to multiple schools and is available for reading purposes in six other languages (Simple Chinese French, German, Korean, Spanish and Italian). Instructions on using the LOR is found on the GMAC site.

Our preference is for your recommender to complete an online recommendation form itself. However, if your recommender is not an English speaker, he/she may write a letter of recommendation in his/her native language and have it translated by a professional translator. The original letter, the translated letter, and a certification by the translator should be combined into one document and uploaded by the recommender into the online recommendation system.

RESUME & WORK EXPERIENCE

Your resume is an opportunity to tell your story on paper and should focus on your transferrable skills and quantifiable results. Please upload a current professional resume that highlights your educational background, work experience, and any other activities or interests that are significant to you. For MBA applicants, a one page resume should be sufficient. You may use the detailed work history section in the online application to provide additional information.

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.

VIDEO RESPONSE

The video response is a chance for you to provide a glimpse of the authentic you, speaking without a script. The video questions are designed to be easy to answer and help us to get to know you as a person. You will have time to prepare your response and the application will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to record your answers.

SHORT WRITTEN STATEMENTS

Your written statements give us great insight into your unique qualities, goals and personality. We have four required written statements and all have a 75 word limit. Three statements are career-focused and one is a more creative statement.

  • Statement 1: What are your short-term career goals after obtaining your MBA and what functional area do you plan to study while in the MBA program?
  • Statement 2: What are some specific skills that you want to develop during your time in business school to help you achieve your career goals?
  • Statement 3: The role of the Vanderbilt MBA Career Management Center is to partner with students to discover and define their career goals; to educate and coach students in developing and refining skills and experiences to achieve their career goals; to facilitate partnerships among students, the business community and the Vanderbilt community. How do you plan to direct your career search and collaborate with the Career Management Center to work toward your career goals?
  • Statement 4: Our mission is to provide world-class business education on a personal scale. What does personal scale mean to you?
  • Optional Explanatory Statement: You may provide an additional statement to explain anything that you think is important for the Admissions Committee to know about you that is not already addressed elsewhere in your application. Many applicants use this statement to explain significant gaps in full-time employment, lack of recommendation from a current supervisor, or subpar academic performance.

Evaluative Interview

Interviews are an essential component of the application and all enrolled students have completed an interview. Interviews are conducted by invitation, after review of application materials. The interview is a great opportunity to share your story beyond your resume and how a MBA can help you achieve your goals. Interviews are 30 minutes and are conducted by our Recruiting & Admissions Fellows or members of our Recruiting & Admissions Team. You can expect the admissions interview to be structured like a professional interview and should prepare accordingly. Due to COVID-19, all interviews are currently being conducted virtually.

International Educational Requirements

Refer to the International Educational Requirements for a list of degrees that are considered equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor's degree.

PRELIMINARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT

A preliminary financial statement within the application is required of applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

An official TOEFL or IELTS score is a required component of the application. Your official TOEFL or IELTS score must be received and verified in order for your application to be considered complete.

A TOEFL or IELTS waiver is automatically granted if a candidate scores 90 percent or higher on the verbal component of the GMAT or GRE. We will also waive your TOEFL or IELTS requirement if you have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (not just an English-speaking institution or country where English is spoken) or have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

As an additional way to demonstrate your English language proficiency you are welcome to take the DuoLingo English test and have your results submitted. However, the DuoLingo test may not substitute for the IELTS or TOEFL.

You may submit the official TOEFL or IELTS test score to Vanderbilt University at this address:

Center for Data Management-OWEN
Vanderbilt University (Institution Code 1871)
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN
37240-7833

Contact ETS with questions about the TOEFL here.

To contact IELTS email ielts@ieltsintl.org.

Additional Information

APPLICATION FEE: There is a $200 fee for the MBA program application.

DUAL DEGREE APPLICANTS: Dual degree applicants complete both the MBA application and the application for the other program to which you plan to enroll. Vanderbilt’s dual degree partners have their own admission and application policies, procedures, and deadlines that may differ from those of the Vanderbilt MBA program.

While we accept the GMAT and GRE, we are unable to accept the LSAT or the MCAT in lieu of the GMAT or GRE.

DEFERRED ADMISSION: The Vanderbilt MBA program may offer deferred admission on a case-by-case basis. If admitted to the program you may request approval for a deferral. Merit-based scholarships are not guaranteed from one year to the next.

REAPPLICATION: We welcome re-applicants and will retain your application for two years. If you reapply, please use the same login credentials. Some of your former application data will transfer into your new application Please provide us with an updated resume,  statements, recommendation, and new test scores, if applicable. You are encouraged to use the explanatory statement to describe how you have improved your candidacy.

MAILING SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: We recommend that you keep copies of everything you submit to Vanderbilt for the duration of the application process. Please mail any supplemental application materials not submitted electronically to:

Center for Data Management-OWEN
Vanderbilt University
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

ADMISSION DECISIONS: All Admissions Committee decisions are final, and applicants will be considered for admission only once in any given academic year. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny any applicant, rescind any offer of admission or dismiss any enrolled student if any part of the application is inaccurate, misrepresented, falsified or otherwise untrue.

QUESTIONS: We appreciate the time and effort you will put into applying to business school and we look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us if you have any questions. The MBA Recruiting & Admissions office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, U.S. Central Time. You can reach us by sending an email to mba@vanderbilt.edu or calling us at 615.322.6469.