Vanderbilt Business® MBA Programs
Traditional, weekday MBA programs for early career professionals and Executive programs for mid- to senior-level working professionals who aspire to more.* MBA
A weekday MBA that offers an outstanding personalized experience If you want to catapult your current career or switch to another entirely, the traditional weekday MBA may be right for you. This program features a core foundation of general management courses and your choice of specialization, concentration and/or emphases that help you on your desired career path. The MBA program is known for its experiential learning as well as its Leadership Development Program (LDP) that offers highly personalized career coaching and support throughout your Owen experience.
Health Care MBA
A specialized, weekday MBA that prepares you for the challenges of leadership in the health care industry The Vanderbilt Health Care MBA is a specialization within the weekday MBA program and is known for its hands-on immersion experiences and industry partnerships. You will learn in Nashville, the city with the largest concentration of health care services in the world, gathering insight into all facets of the U.S. health care system and enabling you to make an immediate impact on the job.
An MBA designed for working professionals in or approaching senior leadership The Executive MBA offers the same degree as the weekday MBA program, designed to accommodate a working professional’s schedule. It is a highly ranked, 60-credit MBA program proven to help accomplished managers and executives develop the advanced strategic vision and leadership skills essential to achieving full executive potential. Executive MBA program graduates realize immediate ROI, by applying best-practice knowledge learned on Saturday to their jobs on Monday morning and throughout their careers.
Americas MBA for Executives
An MBA for working professionals managing cross-border business in the Americas and beyond The Americas MBA for Executives is a track within the Executive MBA program that also offers the same MBA degree. This program is designed to equip you with specialized knowledge and insights to handle global responsibilities. Offered in partnership with leading business schools in Brazil, Canada and Mexico, the program provides a strong foundation in core management as well as a deep dive into their unique cultures and business practices with 10-day, in-country immersions. *All programs are 21 months in length.
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Vanderbilt Business® MBA Programs
Which program is right for you? Traditional, Full-time Programs
Vanderbilt MBA Programs for Executives
Health Care MBA
Weekday program offering a core foundation of general management courses, career-focused specializations, and immersion learning opportunities. Program features a seven-week modular calendar, summer internship, and support from the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and Career Management Center (CMC).
Specialization within the weekday MBA program that is the result of a partnership between a nationally ranked business school and a top academic medial center both located in Nashville, the capital city for established and entrepreneurial health care companies and experts. This program offers unique immersion learning opportunities.
Americas MBA for Executives
MBA program designed for a working professional’s schedule, meeting on alternating Saturdays. The rigorous academic, classroom experiences are tailored specifically to the needs of those who are in, or aspire to, positions of senior leadership. Features a “lockstep” concentrated curriculum with a special focus on advanced financial frameworks, strategic vision and leadership skills.
Shares the year one curriculum and schedule with the Executive MBA cohort, then diverges in year two to form a traveling cohort comprised of students from 4 international business schools. Attend four 10-day immersions in Brazil, Cananda, Mexico and the U.S. instead of attending classes on alternating Saturdays.
All four of these programs provide leadership development and career management support.
Degree Earned Program Length
All programs earn the Vanderbilt MBA degree. 21 months From August to May, classes offered Monday through Thursday; Fridays reserved for group study, career search or other events.
Year One: The program starts with a week-in-residence in early August; classes meet all day, every other Saturday. Year Two: An abbreviated week-in-residence takes place at the beginning of fall semester. Classes continue to meet every other Saturday, with a break between fall and spring semesters. A Capstone Strategy Project spans the second year, and the experience culminates in a one-week international residency prior to graduation.
Year Two: Students from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. form a traveling cohort and meet once per quarter for 10-day academic, business and cultural immersions in each of the four countries. In-country immersions are delivered by faculty at each of the four “Americas Alliance” schools. Cross-border teams complete a Capstone Strategy Project that spans the entire year.
Features an academic calendar based on a modular system of intensive courses, each seven weeks in length. Two “mods” equal one semester. There are opportunities for immersion courses, trips between mods, and a paid internship between year one and year two. Year One: Core curriculum plus specialization and at least one concentration area. Year Two: Specialization and concentration focused courses. Career Specializations: Brand Management, Corporate Finance, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) and Investment Management. Industry Specialization: Health Care. Concentrations: Accounting, Finance, General Management, HOP, Marketing, Operations, Strategy. Emphases: Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Real Estate.
Year One: “Lockstep” curriculum offers a unified experience for the group and emphasizes working in cross-functional teams, as well as skills and perspectives needed by those who aspire to senior leadership roles. Year Two: The traditional track features a curriculum that rounds out the core management foundations with a special focus on advanced finance, entrepreneurship and strategy. It also includes a business strategy sequence and Capstone Project. The Americas track features the international immersion experiences including an international strategy project with a cross-equator cohort school.
Early to mid-career professionals seeking advancement or career transition with opportunity for specialization. Average five years work experience.
Mid- and senior-level professionals who want the benefits of an MBA degree without disrupting their career momentum. Average 12 years work experience.
The numbers below are for a typical MBA class in its entirety.
The numbers below are for a typical Executive MBA class in its entirety. The Americas MBA cohort within the class is limited to 15 students per year.
Class Size: 166 Average Age: 28 Work Experience: 4-6 years GMAT: 688
Class Size: 55 Average Age: 36 Work Experience: 12 years (range 5-30) GMAT: 602
Women: 31% Military: TBD Foreign Nationals: 20% Married: 22%
Women: 37.5% Military: 12.5% Prior Graduate Degree: 27% Married: 70%