An emphasis allows you to delve deeper into a particular industry or area of interest with eight hours of courses. Adding an emphasis to your degree can help supplement any other concentrations or specializations you may have. The following emphases are offered: Entrepreneurship, International Studies and Sustainability & Social Impact.


The entrepreneurship emphasis can help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the innovative thinking, perseverance, and creativity that entrepreneurs are known for, regardless of concentration or career path.

Eight hours of course work from the following:

Course Credits
Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2
Innovation Strategy 2
Healthcare Innovation and Evaluation 2
User-Centered Design II: Prototyping New Products and Services 2
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
Launching the Venture 2
Entrepreneurial Finance 2
Business Models 2
Launching the Venture II 2


Today's global economy demands that leaders possess the flexibility and dexterity to work unimpeded by cultural or language barriers. The international studies emphasis equips you with an appreciation of global management and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues. Students can also take advantage of Vanderbilt's exchange programs to study outside the United States.

Eight hours of course work from the following:

Course Credits
Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social, and Governmental Issues 2
International Financial Markets and Instruments 2
Operations Strategy 2
Corporate Strategy 2
Doing Business in China 2
Project Pyramid Immersion 1
International Business Seminar 2
International Exchange Programs and Maymester Courses


Organizations are increasingly faced with new risks and opportunities posed by complex social challenges ranging from climate change to human rights, diversity, privacy, social justice, and economic development. Vanderbilt MBA students are able to complement their traditional management studies with specialized courses designed to help future leaders navigate these complex topics.


Course Credits
Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social, and Governmental Issues 2

Choose six credit hours from the following:

Course Credits
Financial Analysis of ESG Data 2
The Future of Energy Markets in a Low Carbon Economy 2
Project Pyramid 2
Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2
Women and Leadership 1
Law & Business of Climate Change 2
Strategic Business Solutions to Address Structural Racism 2
Diversity in Organizations 2
Project Pyramid—Global Trips Around the World 1
Project Pyramid Immersion 1

Additional relevant coursework outside Owen and up to 2 credits of relevant independent study/projects may be credited towards the requirements subject to approval by the faculty director.

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.