CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE

The Vanderbilt MBA curriculum will help prepare you for success. After your first year, you will head into your summer internship with core tools ready to put into practice. Then after graduation you will be ready to hit the ground running.

Vanderbilt gives you the flexibility to shape your own curriculum to your needs and career goals. And the small-by-design closeness of our community means that you have opportunities to form deeper and more rewarding relationships with our faculty and staff who have helped shape entire industries and fields of study. Classes include an unusual degree of practical learning and real-world projects.

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FALL YEAR ONE

Orientation

Mod 1

Course Credits
Managerial Finance 2
Introduction to Financial Accounting 2
Leading Teams and Organizations 2
Managerial Statistics 2
Management Communication 1

Fall Break

Optional Short Courses and Career Opportunities
Course Credits
The Financial Services Industry—Wall Street Trek (Finance) 1
Essentials of Project Management (Operations) 1
Healthcare Immersion (Healthcare) 2
Training Systems Management (HOP) 1
Global Business Seminar—International Trip 1
Advanced Business Research—Library Resources 1
BrandWeek (Marketing) 0
Consulting Trek (Strategy) 0

Mod 2

Course Credits
Managerial Economics 2
Marketing Management 2
Operations Management 2
Elective 2

Winter Break

Optional Short Courses and Career treks prior to Mod 3.

SPRING YEAR ONE

Mod 3

Course Credits
Strategic Management 2
Introduction to Managerial Accounting 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Spring Break (optional courses)

Course Credits
International Seminar 1
Project Pyramid—Global Trips Around the World 1

Mod 4

Course Credits
Business in the World Economy 2
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Summer Break

Students are expected to spend their summer in an internship. Last year 100% of our students had a summer internship and approximately 50% of our students came back from their internship with a full time job offer.

FALL YEAR TWO

Mod 1

Course Credits
Ethics in Business (Taken in Mod 1 or Mod 2) 2
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Fall Break

Optional Short Courses and Career Opportunities
Course Credits
The Financial Services Industry—Wall Street Trek (Finance) 1
Essentials of Project Management (Operations) 1
Healthcare Immersion (Healthcare) 2
Training Systems Management (HOP) 1
Global Business Seminar—International Trip 1
Advanced Business Research—Library Resources 1
BrandWeek (Marketing) 0
Consulting Trek (Strategy) 0

Mod 2

Course Credits
Ethics in Business (Taken in Mod 1 or Mod 2) 2
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Winter Break

Optional Short Courses and Career treks prior to Mod 3.

SPRING YEAR TWO

Mod 3

Course Credits
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Spring Break (optional courses)

Course Credits
Global Business Seminar—International Trip 1
Project Pyramid—Global Trips Around the World 1
Social Entrepreneurship Projects—Follow Up From Project Pyramid Trips 1

Mod 4

Course Credits
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Commencement

It’s a time for celebrating and at Vanderbilt we do! The Class of 2016 reported 94% of those seeking employment had received an offer and they reported our school’s highest median base salary of $110,000.

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

The Vanderbilt MBA academic calendar is based on a modular system of intensive courses, each seven weeks in length plus an exam week. Two "mods" equal one semester.

Mods give you a fast start by allowing you to take courses in your chosen specialty as early as Mod 2 of your first year. You can complete significant study in your field of interest before taking on a summer internship.

The total number of courses over a two-year period allows you the freedom and flexibility to take electives within your chosen specialty or branch out by taking courses in cross-functional areas of interest within Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management or other schools at Vanderbilt.

As a candidate for a Vanderbilt MBA, you will study on campus for two years for a minimum of 62 credit hours. During your first year you will receive an intense and immediate immersion in the fundamentals of management through 11 required core courses. The majority of core courses are taken during the first two mods.

During your second year, you will take a required ethics class while customizing your electives to your desired career goals. Each student will complete at least one Concentration, which consists of 12 credit hours in a single discipline beyond the Core. Students are then free to take a wide variety of elective courses that best match their career aspirations. 

Students interested in a "deeper dive" into a discipline may choose to pursue a Specialization of 20 credit hours. Emphases allow students to augment their course of study with 8 credit hours in one of three areas.

*Degree requirements and course information are subject to change; not all courses are offered every year. Click here to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CURRICULUM

You’ll choose at least one concentration as the focus of your study and may further customize your program by adding a second concentration, a specialization and/or an emphasis.

Concentrations

A concentration represents a minimum of 12 credit hours beyond the Core in a single discipline that is usually the foundation for your chosen career. We offer several career-focused concentrations, including:

Specializations

Specializations are focused course tracks for students desiring an in-depth study of the functional area for their chosen career. Specializations require 20 credit hours of course work beyond the Core. The 20-credit-hour requirement represents the 12 credit hours earned in the related concentration plus an additional eight hours. The following specializations are offered:

Emphases

An emphasis allows you to delve deeper into a particular industry or area of interest with eight hours of courses. The following emphases are offered: 

Dual Degrees

At Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management we offer dual degrees with the following other prestigious professional and graduate schools at Vanderbilt: the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Law School, the School of Music, the School of Education and the Divinity School. Vanderbilt also has an alliance with Meharry Medical College and Fisk University.

There is a significant benefit of time savings in pursuing an MBA as a joint degree. The traditional MBA program requires 62 hours (four full semesters) of course work. However, when pursued as part of a joint degree, the requirement is reduced to 50 credit hours (three semesters), since we will accept 12 hours from the partner school as electives.

For more information on Joint Degree programs, read the full descriptions in our course catalog.

LEARN THROUGH IMMERSION

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At Vanderbilt learning is an active experience. You will have access to wide array of hands-on activities, including industry-focused immersion experiences, conferences, career treks, case competitions, entrepreneurial opportunities and more.

INTERNATIONAL STUDY

Global knowledge is essential to success in today’s economy, and Vanderbilt business students receive considerable international experience that will give them an advantage in this rapidly changing marketplace. Students can choose from a wide range of electives with an international focus. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in international seminar/research trips and may also choose to study overseas through exchange programs with schools throughout the world.

FACULTY PROFILES

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Jessica A. Kennedy
Assistant Professor of Management
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