CUSTOMIZE YOUR MBA

As a Vanderbilt MBA student, you will choose at least one concentration as the focus of your study and may further customize your program by adding additional concentrations, specializations, or emphases.

A concentration represents a minimum of 12 credit hours beyond the core in a single discipline. 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 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’s world-renowned finance faculty provide students with a strong grasp of the fundamental techniques required for the practice of financial management. The finance curriculum is continually updated 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

This custom-designed concentration allows you to take advantage of the full spectrum of courses offered at Vanderbilt and build your ideal plan of study, in consultation with a faculty member and the Student Programs Office. The resulting proposal must be approved by the professor charged with overseeing your 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 unique insight into the complex world of healthcare through a blend of solid business basics plus experiential and integrative learning. You will complete a rigorous curriculum that requires more healthcare courses than other programs of its kind. In addition, the innovative seven-week modular framework allows you 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 you 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 Behavior 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.

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 2019/20) 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 II 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. The most recent Course Catalog contains academic policies, degree requirements, and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs.