CUSTOMIZE YOUR MBA

You’ll choose at least one concentration as the focus of your study and may further customize your program by adding a specialization and/or emphasis. 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: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Healthcare, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Marketing, Operations & Analytics and Strategy.

ACCOUNTING

Vanderbilt's accounting courses help you understand and assess how well a company's accounting performance reflects economic reality. Our courses turn you into a sophisticated interpreter of accounting information. You will know the functions, limitations and challenges of financial accounting and understand and evaluate financial accounting reporting practices. You will understand the role of financial reporting in the capital markets and appreciate its importance as a tool for business managers.

Vanderbilt's accounting faculty are actively involved in accounting and auditing research. Accounting faculty members serve on the editorial boards of leading accounting research journals and are often cited in leading business media like The Wall Street Journal.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Financial Reporting l 2
Financial Reporting ll 2

Electives

Choose eight credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Taxation of Business and Investment Transactions 2
Accounting Information Systems 2
Federal Income Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions 2
Federal Taxation of Business Entities 2
Financial Statement Analysis 2
Advanced Financial Reporting for Mergers and Acquistions 2

FINANCE

Vanderbilt is recognized worldwide for its finance faculty, who have received many awards for their research and teaching and also serve on prestigious editorial boards. Corporate recruiters know that Vanderbilt MBAs receive rigorous training that enables them to accept challenging assignments after graduation.

Vanderbilt’s finance courses provide students with a strong grasp of the fundamental techniques required for the practice of financial management. Relying upon our extensive experience in the classroom, we continually update the finance curriculum to incorporate the latest developments and important innovations in the markets, as well as academic research.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Investments 2
Corporate Valuation 2

Electives

Choose eight credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Corporate Financial Policy 2
Applied Investment Management 2
Bond Markets 2
Advanced Corporate Valuation 2
Mergers and Acquisitions 2
Private Equity and Venture Capital (short course) 1
Risk Management 2
Derivatives Markets 2
Financial Data Analysis 2
Derivative Securities Valuation 2
Portfolio Analysis and Trading 2
Corporate Restructuring for Distressed Firms (short course) 2
Financial Institutions 2
Corporate Restructuring for Non-Distressed Firms (short course) 2
International Financial Markets and Instruments 2

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

The general management concentration is for the student who wants to chart his or her own path in the business world. This concentration allows students to select courses from the full spectrum of those offered; this flexibility gives students a change to experience a variety of courses and work toward new goals.

The custom-designed program of electives allows the student to build the ideal plan of study for his or her career, in consultation with a faculty member and the Office of Academic Programs. The resulting proposal must be approved by the professor charged with overseeing the student’s course of study.

Many students who have an interest in entrepreneurship choose general management as their concentration. Students who feel that a general management concentration might work for them are encouraged to consult with the Career Management Center to receive guidance and coaching to achieve their career goals.

HEALTHCARE

The Vanderbilt healthcare concentration provides a unique insight into the complex world of healthcare through a blend of solid business basics plus experiential and integrative learning. Students complete a rigorous curriculum that requires more healthcare courses than other programs of its kind. In addition, the innovative seven-week modular framework allows students the flexibility to take a variety of healthcare electives.

Electives

Choose 12 credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Practice of Transplant Administration 4
Healthcare Quality Improvement 2
Healthcare Marketing 2
Healthcare Delivery Organizations 2
Healthcare Strategy 2
Healthcare Analytics 2
Healthcare Operations 2
Healthcare Clinical Immersion 2
Healthcare Innovation and Evaluation 2
Healthcare Economics and Policy 2
Healthcare Law and Regulation 2
Healthcare Finance and Accounting 2
Healthcare Data Analysis 2

HUMAN & ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE (HOP)

Vanderbilt is known for an exceptionally strong human and organizational performance (HOP) program built by award-winning professors and scholars who are experts in organizational design, motivation, leadership, strategic human resource management, compensation, negotiation, teams, managing change and business ethics. The HOP concentration prepares students to implement business strategies and enhance individual and organizational performance.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Strategic Alignment of Human Capital 2
Managerial and Organizational Effectiveness 2
OR CHOOSE
Leading Change 2

Electives

Choose eight credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Healthcare Quality Improvement 2
Healthcare Delivery Organizations 2
Managerial and Organizational Effectiveness 2
Talent Management and Human Resources Analytics 2
Compensation Decision Making 2
Employee Relations (not offered 2017/18) 2
Negotiation 2
Innovation Strategy 2
Ethics in Business 2
Executive Coaching (short course) 1
Training Systems Management (short course, not offered 2017/18) 1
Special Topics in Organization Studies: Practicum on Employment Discrimination: EEOC 2
Leading Globally Diverse Organizations (Peabody College) 3

MARKETING

Our marketing faculty is diverse in its knowledge; areas of expertise include advertising, consumer research, branding, service marketing, networks, customer satisfaction, quantitative psychological research and new products. The marketing program is flexible, offering students a wide variety of electives beyond the concentration requirements.

Electives

Choose 12 credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Healthcare Marketing 2
Marketing Communications: Advertising and Social Media 2
Consumer Insights for Marketing Decision Making 2
Consumer Analysis 2
Quantitative Analysis for Marketing Decision Making 2
Selling Strategy: Promotions, Persuasion and Public Relations 2
Marketing Analytics 2
New Product Development 2
Brand Management 2
Marketing Strategy 2
Internet Marketing Strategy and Analytics 2
Pricing Strategies 2

OPERATIONS & ANALYTICS

The courses in the operations and analytics concentration focus on the design and management of the processes by which products are manufactured and services are delivered to customers. The core operations and analytics courses provide an overview of the field and elective courses examine critical processes in depth. Critical processes enable service delivery systems, supply chains and quality improvement efforts.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Supply Chain Management and Information 2
Management of Service Operations 2

Electives

Choose eight credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Healthcare Analytics 2
Sports Analytics 2
Healthcare Operations 2
Operations Strategy 2
Essentials of Project Management (short course) 1
Business Forecasting 2
Data Management and Business Intelligence 2
User-Centered Design I: Identifying User Needs 2
User-Centered Design II: Prototyping New Products and Services 2
Consulting for Strategy and Operations Project 4
Strategic Management of Technology 2
Data Visualization (short course) 1
Spreadsheets for Business Analytics 2
Spreadsheet Macros (VBA) for IT Applications 2
Managing and Improving Processes 2

STRATEGY

The strategy concentration is designed to equip you with the core concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management that are essential to a career in consulting and beneficial to a leadership role in any field. Courses are analytical and focus on senior management decisions that enhance profit maximization while taking into account the competitive response to those decisions.

Required Course

Course Credits
Corporate Strategy 2

Electives

Choose at least six credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social and Governmental Issues 2
Game Theory and Business Strategy 2
Managing the Global Enterprise (not offered 2017/18) 2
Life Cycle of an Enterprise 2
Strategic Alignment of Human Capital 2
Innovation Strategy 2
Strategic Management of Technology 2

Choose no more than four hours from the following:
Course Credits
The Future of Energy Markets in a Low Carbon Economy 2
Corporate Valuation 2
Managerial and Organizational Effectiveness 2
Operations Strategy 2
Innovation Realization (2 of the 4 credit hours) 4
Healthcare Economics and Policy 2
Mergers and Acquisitions 2
Leading Change 2
Doing Business in China 2
Consulting for Strategy and Operations Project 4
Launching the Venture 2
Pricing Strategies 2
Strategy and Operations Consulting (2 of the 4 credit hours) 4

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.