The Vanderbilt MBA offers multiple market-driven concentrations and specializations to prepare you to succeed in your field. You’ll choose at least one concentration or specialization as the focus of your study, and you may further customize your program with one or more additional disciplines of study by selecting an emphasis.

If you don’t have your path mapped out, our Academic Services team, in consultation with our faculty, are ready to help you put together a curriculum plan to meet your career goals.

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: Entrepreneurship, International Studies and Real Estate.


Corporate recruiters often cite a lack of entrepreneurial "mindset" as a deficiency in today’s MBA students. An emphasis in entrepreneurship is one way to shore up these skills, regardless of concentration or career path. Students who go through this program are prized for their can-do attitudes, perseverance, innovative thinking, creativity, analytic skills and ability to get the job done with superior results.

Eight hours of course work from the following:

Course Credits
Managing the Global Enterprise (not offered 2019/20) 2
Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 1
Innovation Strategy 2
Healthcare Innovation and Evaluation 2
User-Centered Design I: Identifying User Needs 2
User-Centered Design II: Prototyping New Products and Services 2
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
Launching the Venture 2
Entrepreneurial Finance 2


Today's global economy demands flexible leaders with transferable business expertise unimpeded by culture or language barriers. The international studies emphasis provides an appreciation of global management and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues, and it focuses on conducting business in countries outside of the United States.

Combined with our exchange programs and various international internship opportunities, the international studies emphasis offers a series of elective courses that helps students become global managers. Students examine trade policies, operations, strategy, international markets and foreign exchange. This curriculum and supplemental international experiences build a sound foundation for Vanderbilt graduates who want to advance within their fields internationally.

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 2
Project Pyramid Immersion 1
International Business Seminar 2
Global Business Association Immersion Trip 1
International Exchange Programs and Maymester Courses


Real estate is one of the most important asset classes in any economy. Real estate careers are varied and focus on key areas such as development and investment, management or finance and capital markets. Vanderbilt's emphasis in real estate is intended to help prepare students for a career in this field and also to introduce those students who concentrate in finance to an area that is now undeniably linked to the capital markets.


Course Credits
Real Estate Financial Analysis 2
Real Estate Investment and Development 2

Choose four credit hours from the following:

Course Credits
Commercial Real Estate Transactions 1
Advanced Real Estate Valuation 2
Property Law for Business 1
Real Estate Capstone 2
Contemporary Issues in Real Estate 1

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.