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The percentage of classmates you will know by name.

On the cover: Eeshat Gupta Vanderbilt MBA | 2018 Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Note: By the time you read this brochure, some of the titles for our students and alumni may be out of date. There’s a good reason for that: Vanderbilt graduates are highly valued and tend to move up quickly in the business world.

The MBA that is focused on you.

Your goals. Your aspirations. Your future. The Vanderbilt MBA is a full-time program designed for early career professionals who wish to catapult their current careers or switch career paths entirely. As with most other top MBA programs, the Vanderbilt MBA features a core foundation of general management courses and offers several choices of specializations and concentrations. This is where the similarity ends.

We seek out a different type of student.

We are looking for students who are curious, self-aware, adaptable and driven. We want those who thrive in a team environment and know that strong relationships are a critical component of business success. We welcome leaders who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones, dig deeper and work harder to develop the analytical and effective teamwork skills that will lead to lifelong career success.


Program length. . . . . . . . . 21 months, full-time

Personal Scale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Accelerated Curriculum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Leadership Experience . . . . . . . . . . 6 Immersion Opportunities. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 International Opportunities. . . . . . . . . . 10 Career Management and Support. . . 14 Career Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Consulting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Human and Organizational Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Operations and Analytics. . . . . . 26 Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Entrepreneurship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Our Community Global Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Diversity and Inclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Alumni Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Family and Friends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Student Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Vanderbilt and Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Designed for . . . . . . . . . . . .

Days in the Life Imogen Roberts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Maria Jose Rodriguez Gaitan. . . . . 32 Harsh Sundani. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

We provide a different type of education.

Vanderbilt provides a close-knit, collaborative community and the encouragement and empowerment to pursue your dreams. We consider our school a leadership laboratory in which you can learn, experiment, practice, adapt and transform.

Here are just a few more things that make us different: n An accelerated “mod” system, which ensures that Vanderbilt students

can get course work in their primary concentration before interviewing for summer internships

n Highly regarded, accessible faculty who serve as great mentors,

advisors and friends

n Career coaches who help prepare and support our students as they

identify and pursue the positions and companies that are right for them

n An incomparable leadership development program accessing the same

diagnostic tools and executive coaching used by Fortune 500 companies

n Nashville—A gem of a city that is a lively, safe and affordable place in

which to live and study for two years

Early career professionals who desire the knowledge, credentials, skills and connections to fuel a faster—or altogether different—career trajectory



IT’S TRUE. WE’RE SMALL. (WE LIKE IT THAT WAY.) Small classes? A close-knit, collaborative community? Faculty who know you by name and also happen to do ground-breaking research? Yes. Yes. And yes. But personal scale is far more than that. It defines who we are and what we do. We can offer programs that larger schools simply can’t—a leadership development program customized to you; the opportunity for you to help shape your day-to-day MBA experience; small-scale immersions and independent studies that allow you to take a deep dive into a career or an industry that interests you; ample opportunities to take—or create— leadership roles within our community.



More than anything, it’s about our heart. It’s about the Owen family and the fact that once you join our family, it’s for life. For two years and beyond, our focus is on you. Your aspirations. Your goals. Your career transformation. Your success. Don’t get us wrong. We are laser-focused on the same things as other top business schools: attracting great students; providing an exceptional business education; helping students land great internships and dream jobs; working to get the recognition we deserve in rankings. It’s just that we take it personally and do it in an environment that is competitive but not cutthroat. Personal scale. The best way to understand our community is to come for a visit and experience it for yourself. 03


Accelerated Curriculum



Year One, Mod One Financial Accounting Management Communication Managerial Finance Leading Teams and Organizations Managerial Statistics

Fall Break* Health Care Immersion BrandWeek Wall Street Week Short Courses Global Business Trip

At Vanderbilt, you’ll be immersed right away in a strong core of courses in business fundamentals. And because we follow a unique modular course format—four seven-week mods, which intensify and accelerate the learning experience—you’ll gain a solid foundation of essential knowledge in your primary concentration in a shorter period of time than with a traditional semester system. Our alumni and second-year MBA students say this approach to curriculum gives them an advantage when they interview for allimportant summer internships midway through their first year. That doesn’t happen by chance. We designed it that way. In addition, you’ll choose at least one Concentration or Specialization that will provide the intellectual capital for the career path you choose. You may further customize your program with an Emphasis of courses in one or more other areas of interest. We also offer dual degrees with other prestigious schools at Vanderbilt, including the schools of Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Education (MPP) and Divinity.

Year One, Mod Two Marketing Management Managerial Economics Operations and Analytics Elective


12 credit hours of electives in a single discipline n Accounting n Finance n General Management n Health Care n Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) n Marketing n Operations and Analytics n Strategy


8 credit hours of electives beyond the Concentration (to total 20 credit hours) n Brand Management n Corporate Finance n Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) n Investment Management



8 credit hours of approved courses n Entrepreneurship n International Studies n Real Estate


The cost to take additional credit hours at Owen or other schools within Vanderbilt University. This is a great way to learn a new language or exercise your interests in law, engineering or theology. (Or any other subject you can think of.) 04

*These optional opportunities are offered to enhance your MBA and career-seeking experience. Some options are for credit.


Spring Break*

Managerial Accounting Break

Strategic Management Elective Elective

Year One, Mod Four Business in the World Economy

Global Business Trip Project Pyramid Trip

Elective Elective Elective


Year One, Mod Three

Summer Internship

ADVANTAGE. 11:15 AM Room 218



The Leadership Experience At Vanderbilt, leadership is not an add-on or an afterthought; it is well integrated into the business school experience and is one area in which students are expected and encouraged to take ownership of their development. You’ll find that our curriculum and its team-based course work and extracurricular opportunities lend themselves to “leadership by doing” and that these are reinforced by an acclaimed Leadership Development Program. Together, these three elements work to establish our Leadership Experience and form a concrete foundation for a lifetime of career growth.



Team-based Course Work

At Vanderbilt, we develop students who have the skills to be productive with others. That’s teamwork, Vanderbilt style. In today’s business world, it is also the critical foundation for effective leadership. From the first day of Orientation until you walk across the stage at Commencement, you will complete much of your course work in small groups or teams. To ensure that you are successful, you will have significant help navigating this team-based world. Leading Teams and Organizations, a required course scheduled for the first mod, is designed to help you size up any work environment and equip you with a toolkit—and a laboratory in which to practice with those tools—that will carry you through the entire MBA program and beyond.


Leadership Development Program

A pillar of our leadership experience is our Leadership Development Program (LDP)—a distinctive program that integrates the services of an experienced LDP staff and certified executive coaches with diagnostic instruments, typically reserved for high-level executives at Fortune 500 companies, such as the Hogan Leadership Assessment. Vanderbilt’s program offers three approaches from which to choose during your first year, allowing you to take ownership of your personal development and helps shape an experience that best aligns with your learning style and developmental goals. In your second year, you will continue to uncover your strengths and target areas for improvements; learn how to give and accept feedback; and develop insights, skills and behaviors that will last a lifetime.


Extracurricular Opportunities

At Vanderbilt, we believe that leadership is a contact sport— something that you have to get in and start doing. As a result, we provide ample opportunities for students to build their “leadership muscles.” Manage a conference. Serve as an officer of one of the more than 40 clubs that exist on campus. Run for an elected position on the student body leadership team. Serve as an advisor to one of the school’s functional departments. Form a team to enter a case competition. And if the opportunity that excites you doesn’t exist, we will give you the encouragement and support to create it!

My classes in Leading Teams and Organizations range between 32 and 36 students. If you go to another top business school, you are given the same content in a class of 90. Because of our scale, I’m able to know my students a lot better than my colleagues at peer schools. I can actually give guided, relevant feedback based on the fact that I know that student. Tim Vogus Brownlee O. Curry, Jr., Professor of Management 06

Don’t just learn business.

Learn to lead.



Immersion Opportunities

Immerse Yourself.


Expand your interests. Make a difference. We think the best way to master business administration is to practice it. So we thoroughly integrate hands-on learning with real-world application in your two years at Owen.

Research and Learning Centers. Make an impact while you’re in school…and in your career after you graduate. Financial Markets Research Center n

You’ll have many opportunities to solve problems and develop strategies for “client” companies. Plan a conference. Consult for a local startup or an aspiring entrepreneur in an emerging market. Create a working plan for a well-known consumer product. Experience health care in scrubs, side-by-side with doctors and nurses in the operating room. Manage an investment fund. Participate in a short, focused immersion experience or career trek. Impress a future employer during a paid summer internship. Work on a business plan and present it to venture capitalists to start your own business.

Health Care Market Innovation n

Get involved with research on how the health care industry is changing and how new financing and delivery models can successfully meet evolving consumer needs.

The Center for Entrepreneurship n

Get access to guidance, financial support, connections, relevant entrepreneurial programming and resources for all types of entrepreneurs through The Center for Entrepreneurship.

Turner Family Center for Social Ventures n

Immersion is learning by doing. It’s not around theory and it’s not around case. It’s not around what has been. It’s around what is and what will be. And that is the most powerful way to learn. Michael Burcham Senior lecturer and serial entrepreneur Founder of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center CEO of Narus Health

Dive deep into scholarly research on financial markets, instruments and institutions. Learn from industry powerhouses and connect with governmental regulators.


Address poverty alleviation through market-based solutions. The center seeks to empower Vanderbilt students to expand opportunities for those at the bottom of the wealth pyramid. Directed by a graduate student-led programming board, the center provides resources and opportunities to leverage and combine the strengths of Vanderbilt University graduate students, faculty and business partners.


International Opportunities

It’s one thing to study international business.

Here you can Bergen, Norway

These are some of the various cities and countries in which Vanderbilt MBA students have had international immersion experiences in recent years. New opportunities arise every year.

Dublin, Ireland

Vanderbilt University Pignon, Haiti

Guatemala City, Guatemala Managua, Nicaragua San José, Costa Rica Bogotá, Colombia Trujillo, Peru

São Paulo, Brazil

Santiago, Chile


Focused electives

As with other top business schools, a global perspective is integrated into the course work in an organic and relevant manner. But if you want more, opportunities abound within Owen and other schools across Vanderbilt’s campus. Students can take International Financial Markets and Instruments, just one of the electives offered within our business school. Or they can seek out other upperlevel electives that Vanderbilt offers, such as education, economics, foreign languages, law, political science or Latin American studies (a particular focus at Vanderbilt University).


International trip courses

“Doing Business in…” and the “International Seminar to…” (over Spring Break) are both project-based for-credit courses that culminate in a weeklong immersion trip. Prior to the trips, student teams study business practices and issues within the country they will visit. The in-country experience includes visits and meetings with executives of local and multi-national firms and the completion of a project while “on the ground.” Destinations vary from year to year but have included Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland and Israel.



Project Pyramid

Project Pyramid is an innovative initiative that unites students and faculty from several Vanderbilt professional schools—business, education, law, divinity and medicine—as they seek to alleviate poverty globally through socially minded and community-focused projects. Students may find themselves in Guatemala, establishing a housing microfinance program for a low-income community. Or they may choose to work with a small company in Madurai, India to help build a finance management information framework. Each year brings new opportunities and locales; past trips have included Kathmandu (Nepal), Pignon (Haiti), Santiago (Chile), Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg (South Africa), Trujillo (Peru), Managua (Nicaragua) and Prishtina (Kosovo).

Today’s business world demands a global mindset. That doesn’t just mean knowing about geography and currency differences. Business executives—no matter what market or sector—must understand the cultural frameworks wherever they do business. That’s why Vanderbilt offers a variety of ways to gain global sensitivity and business acumen.

experience it. Cergy-Pontoise, France Paris, France Prague, Czech Republic Oestrich-Winkel, Germany

Beijing, China

Vallendar, Germany Karlsruhe, Germany

Tokyo, Japan

Vienna, Austria

Kathmandu, Nepal

Florence, Italy Istanbul, Turkey

Shanghai, China

Tel Aviv, Israel

Hong Kong, China

Madrid, Spain Stung Treng, Cambodia

Gaborone, Botswana

Madurai, India

Nairobi, Kenya

Singapore, Singapore

Cape Town, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa

International exchange programs

Owen has formal exchange programs with several select universities around the world, including Peking University, Fudan University, National University of Singapore, Melbourne Business School, the University of Karlsruhe, ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), FIA (Fundação Instituto de Administração) and University of Witwatersrand. Students may apply to go on exchange during one Mod or a Fall semester. While in the host country, students generally take a full course load.

Melbourne, Australia


Maymester and summer study abroad

Rather than spend a full semester abroad, many students choose a shorter Maymester or summer study program. Students may choose from several options, including the “Vienna Innovation Program” (University of Vienna); “Successful Leadership in Europe” (European Business School); “The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe” (Otto Beisheim School of Management) and “Doing Business in China” (Peking University). All programs are taught in English (sometimes with optional intensive language courses), and students can complete some programs prior to beginning an internship in June. 11


Organization-initiated trips

Owen has more than 40 student clubs and organizations, many of which are focused on celebrating the cultures and countries represented within the diverse student body. Each year, the Global Business Association organizes a fun and informative trip, calling on faculty members with country-specific expertise to serve as guides and companions. Past trips have included visits to Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Japan.


6:30 am

Wake up and struggle out of bed. I like to read Twitter and Instagram in bed before actually getting up. It softens the blow of the early start. Also, I often wake up to several messages from my friends in London, so I like to reply before the day takes over.

9:30 am

By the end of class it’s time for my second cup of tea. Being British, my penchant for tea is a constant source of amusement to my classmates, and they definitely know my Starbucks order now!

8:00 am

I only have one 8:00 am class this mod, which is a relief after having them every day last mod. It’s Marketing Models with Dawn Iacobucci. She is hilarious and always has cartoons to illustrate the preconceptions about Marketing. There are definitely worse ways to start the day!


11:20 am

My team is the first up to present our final project in the Operations Strategy class. We are presenting Under Armour and are all dressed in sportswear. We start the presentation with a team chant to set the scene and a team member shows off his muscles in his extremely tight Under Armour vest! This turns out to be one of the most fun presentations I’ve made at Owen.

One Day in the Life:

Imogen Roberts Vanderbilt MBA (Marketing, Brand Management and Strategy) | 2016

Imogen was a physics undergrad who called London home. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt for her MBA, she worked as a buyer for Urban Outfitters Europe and then transitioned to sales and operations for an emergency engineering company. Imogen was head of Owen’s Women in Business Association while at Vanderbilt. She interned with Deloitte, and her dream of a career in consulting came true, as she is currently a senior consultant at Deloitte.

6:00 pm

1:00 pm

I try to get out of the library in time to do a hot yoga or boxing class. When workloads are high, this is sometimes not possible, but I usually manage it.

There are always meetings or Lunch n’ Learns to attend. Today, I have a meeting with the Executive Women’s Think Tank, and my sub-group is presenting our findings. We have been researching the resources for women at Vanderbilt and have been meeting with undergraduate women’s groups, as well as key faculty and executive women in administration. It has been a fantastic opportunity to connect with incredible women on campus and has opened my eyes to all the resources we have here at Vanderbilt.

2:00 pm

I am doing an independent study with a second-year student for a local company—OVATION Events—and we meet for a few hours a couple of times a week. We worked with OVATION to create a marketing strategy to target key new clients and are now implementing a trial of the strategy. It is fun to get out of the Owen bubble and apply what I have learned to a real-world business problem. Working with a local company allows me to make a difference, as well as build my network, in Nashville. 13

8:00 pm

It’s a Monday so usually I’m having a quiet night, but there is always someone ready to have a glass of wine and go dancing any night of the week!


Career Management and Support


FOR TWO YEARS... Owen’s Career Management Center is adept at doing just what its name promises: providing you with the tools and know-how you need to build and manage your career. Fondly dubbed the “CMC,” our team will connect you to the top recruiters and alumni for the types of jobs, industries or geographic locations you seek. They’ll also empower you to make the most of those connections, with coaching preparation and other resources to help you “ace” your interviews.

AND FOR LIFE. Once you graduate, you will still have access to Owen’s career services. If there are unexpected disruptions in your industry or employment—or if you simply want to seek out new opportunities for professional growth—you can rely on the CMC for career coaching, networking opportunities and job leads.

Rachael Tunick Rachael started her career in the human capital practice of Deloitte’s Chicago office. She knew she wanted brand management experience at a large consumer goods company to prepare her for a leadership position in general management and strategy. As a career switcher, Rachael tells us that she met with her CMC coach “early and often” and gained an excellent, objective perspective. Rachael’s summer internship was as a Marketing Strategist with 3M in Minneapolis.

Vanderbilt MBA (Marketing, Strategy, Health Care) | 2016 Regional Operations Director, The Everett Clinic, DaVita Medical Group




Vanderbilt MBA Employment by the Numbers

Vanderbilt received this ranking from The Economist in their most recent ranking of business schools’ career management centers ability to open new career opportunities. (Ahead of Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg and Stern...just to name a few.)


In any given year, 99 to 100 percent of students seeking summer internships receive an offer.


In general, more than half of our students return from summer internships with full-time offers in hand.


On average, more than 90 percent of students have accepted job offers within three months after graduation.


In recent years, base salaries for graduates are in the six-figure range, with 70 to 80 percent of students receiving signing bonuses.


The top five industries that hire our students are Consulting, Consumer Brands, Financial Services, Health Care and Technology.

Owen’s CMC assistance and services include: n

Coaching to help clarify career interests, skills and values


Help with devising a career strategy and job search plan


Résumé and cover letter reviews


Preparation and practice for interviews

n Facilitating peer coaching with


Workshops on job search skills and networking



Help in connecting with companies and jobs that are of interest

Online job recruiting site for job listings, registrations for information sessions and events


Serving as a sounding board when making decisions on offers and options



Recruiter information sessions and on-campus recruiting events

Guidelines and support for international students seeking internships and post-graduate jobs in the United States



Career Treks, including Wall Street Week and other options for those interested in Consulting, Tech or Marketing Off-campus recruiting events in key markets a second-year student



Career Paths

Choose the path

that’s right for FINANCE CONSULTING The seven most common career paths for Vanderbilt MBAs


Prior to Vanderbilt, I worked as a team leader for South West Trains, a British railway company. I was managing people and processes in operations and customer services. My career vision is to lead by taking on responsibility within an organization, motivating others and building effective teams. Olumuyiwa (Olu) Adegbesan Vanderbilt MBA (HOP, Operations, Strategy) | 2015 Pathways Operations Manager, Amazon



In any given year, about 40 percent of Vanderbilt MBA students are “career enhancers”—individuals seeking to dramatically accelerate a current career trajectory. Another 35 to 40 percent are “career switchers”—those who want to change industries or disciplines and need the knowledge, career connections and support for a successful transition. Other students fall into an “aspiring entrepreneur” category and view our MBA program as an opportunity to identify and hone their management and entrepreneurial skills. Regardless of your career goals, Vanderbilt offers an excellent academic foundation, experiential opportunities and personalized career guidance and support to help you get there.



Vanderbilt MBA






Please take note of our finance faculty.

They’ve made a notable impact on business. At Vanderbilt, you will be studying finance with faculty members who are not just world-class; they are world-renowned. One uncovered a collusion scheme among Nasdaq brokers and changed how the major exchanges do business. One created the VIX, the widely used “Fear Index” that measures market volatility. Another has served as the chief economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet another is a leading expert on hedge funds. Well, you get the picture. You can study with any (and all) of them here. Along with Wall Street, recruiters from “corporate America” have noticed that Vanderbilt has one of the top finance departments in the world. As a result, our finance students have a strong track record of earning top jobs and salaries in corporate finance programs, investment banking and private wealth management.

Choose Your Focus

Finance Concentration • Corporate Finance Specialization • Investment Management Specialization

What Employers Look For

Intellectual capability • Analytical mindset • Professional presence • Ability to balance multiple priorities • Basic understanding of accounting and finance principles • Ability to work in a team environment • Valuation and financial modeling skills • Ability to perform well under pressure

What You’ll Study

Investments • Corporate Valuation • Applied Investment Management • Bond Markets • Derivatives Markets • International Financial Markets • Private Equity • Active Portfolio Analysis  • Corporate Restructuring • Entrepreneurial Finance • Financial Institutions

Résumé-Building Activities

Owen Finance Club • Wall Street Week • Training the Street • Financial Markets Research Center • Case Competitions • Max Adler Student Investment Fund  • Real Estate Club • TVA Investment Challenge • Asset Management Club

Sample Hiring Companies

American Airlines • Asurion • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Cardinal Health • Citi • Credit Suisse • Deutsche Bank • Eastman Chemical • Emerson • ExxonMobil • Goldman Sachs • JP Morgan • Jefferies • Mars/Mars Petcare • Mattel • McKesson • Nissan • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey • Thompson Research Group • Walmart • Wells Fargo


Notable Alumni

Adena Friedman (‘93), President and CEO, Nasdaq OMX Paul Jacobson (‘97), CFO and EVP, Delta Air Lines Madhu Kannan (‘00), CBO, India and Emerging Markets, Uber Eric Noll (‘90), Former President and CEO, Convergex Doug Parker (‘86), President and CEO, American Airlines John Underwood (‘98), Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Chuck Vice (‘90), President and COO, Intercontinental Exchange To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.

Professor Bill Christie

Students know Bill Christie as “the great professor who teaches Managerial Finance.” He also happens to be the man whose research uncovered the “odd eighths” trading phenomena that enabled him and his co-author to conclude that Nasdaq market makers were implicitly colluding to maintain artificially high trading profits at the expense of investors. The result? The sweeping reform of the Nasdaq market, the introduction of the SEC Order Handling Rules and a $1.027 billion settlement against the defendants.

Professor Bob Whaley

Bob Whaley is at the forefront of financial innovation. He is known as the “father of the VIX”—the CBOE Market Volatility Index commonly referred to by The Wall Street Journal and other business media as the “Fear Index.” He developed the Nasdaq Market Volatility Index (VXN), the BuyWrite Index (BXM) and co-developed the Nasdaq OMX Alpha Indexes. Between teaching, writing textbooks and directing Vanderbilt’s Financial Markets Research Center, he finds time to host students, faculty and financial luminaries at “Whaley Tavern,” a beer-on-tap establishment built into the lower level of his home.

Professor Craig Lewis

With research interests in corporate financial policy and asset pricing, Craig Lewis can be found teaching Corporate Finance as part of the MBA Core. He did take a bit of “time off” recently. In 2011, he was tapped by the Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to serve as that organization’s Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economics and Risk Analysis (DERA). His efforts during his three-year tenure served to bolster the role of economic analysis in the financial regulatory process, particularly with the implementation of the landmark DoddFrank financial reform law.

Professor Bill Christie

Professor Bob Whaley


Professor Craig Lewis




THINK HIGHLY Alex VanVliet After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Finance and Economics, Alex worked for four years as a technology analyst and consultant for Deloitte. He realized that his long-term interests were in marketing and brand management and not consulting, and he chose the Vanderbilt MBA to help get him there. After two years of enjoying the Owen community, serving as a leader of the Vanderbilt Marketing Association and completing a summer internship with Target in Minneapolis, Alex achieved his goal: working as a Marketing Manager for Frito-Lay.

Vanderbilt MBA (Marketing) | 2015 Marketing Manager, Frito-Lay


OF OURS. It’s a tribute to the caliber of students we attract to Vanderbilt (and to the faculty who teach them) that companies like PepsiCo, Mars, Mattel and Microsoft look to Vanderbilt to fill positions in brand or product management, service and digital marketing. And it’s no wonder: Vanderbilt marketing MBA graduates leave here not only with a thorough knowledge of the discipline, but also with the skills in leadership, strategic thinking, communication, creativity and teamwork that companies prize. Choose Your Focus

Marketing Concentration • Brand Management Specialization

What Employers Look For

Ability to influence • Strategic thinking • Cross-functional team experience • Ability to manipulate and analyze data • Tolerance of ambiguity • Creativity and problemsolving skills • Project management skills • Presentation skills • Passion for marketing and the consumer

Résumé-Building Activities Vanderbilt Marketing Association • BrandWeek • Case Competitions • Owen Marketing Trek

Sample Hiring Companies

Amazon • American Airlines • Bayer • Coty Inc. • Dr Pepper Snapple Group • Frito-Lay • Genentech • Hanesbrands Inc. • Kimberly Clark • Mars Petcare • Mattel • Nestlé Purina • Procter & Gamble • Target

Notable Alumni

Bryan Deaner (‘93), Director, Worldwide Brand Strategy and Marketing Strategy, Intel Lisa Foley (’08), Senior Director, Brand Marketing, Crate and Barrel Christina Menendez (’02), VP and General Manager, PepsiCo, Target Team Maria Renz (‘96), VP, Delivery Experience, Amazon Geoff Walker (‘94), EVP and Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Mattel Inc. To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn University page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.

What You’ll Study

Consumer Insights for Marketing Decision-Making • Consumer Analysis • Marketing Communications: Advertising and Social Media • Marketing Strategy • Pricing Strategies • Quantitative Analysis for Marketing Decision-Making  • Marketing Models • Selling Strategy: Promotions, Persuasion and Public Relations • Brand Management




Problem solvers

welcome. As long as businesses face challenges (in other words, as long as there are businesses), consulting organizations will fill a critical market need. At Vanderbilt, our flexible curriculum offers a great framework to build a consulting career—and to land a job with one of the elite companies that recruit here.

Students who pursue this path frequently choose more than one Concentration, pairing with Strategy a subject area such as Accounting, Finance, Operations, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) or Marketing. This gives them the wide-ranging knowledge to solve clients’ functional problems and lead strategic change. Students can further build client-facing skills through career seminars, case practice sessions with alumni, projects with companies and by networking with industry leaders.

Choose Your Focus

Strategy Concentration (often in combination with one or more additional Concentrations)

What Employers Look For

Three or more years of work experience prior to MBA • Analytical mindset • Logical thinking and sound business judgment • Demonstrated drive for results and achievement • Professional presence • Strong presentation and listening skills • Ability to work in and lead teams

What You’ll Study

Game Theory and Business Strategy • Corporate Strategy • Strategic Alignment of Human Capital • Innovation Strategy • Strategic Management of Technology • Operations Strategy • Leading Change • Marketing Strategy • Consulting for Strategy and Operations Projects

Résumé-Building Activities

Owen Consulting Club (OCC) • Consulting Career Trek • OCC Symposium • Case Prep Workshops • Case Interview Speakers

Sample Hiring Companies

Alvarez & Marsal • Bain & Company • The Boston Consulting Group • Deloitte Consulting • ECG Management Consultants • EY • Infosys • Kaiser Permanente • KPMG Management Consulting • North Highland • PwC Consulting

I studied Mechanical Engineering as an undergrad and joined my roommate in building a startup nonprofit in Kenya after graduation. In pursuing an MBA, I wanted to attain the hard skills like finance, accounting, econ, marketing and operations and learn about a wide range of career paths as I pivoted out of the nonprofit world.

Notable Alumni

Richard Burns (‘91), Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co. Fletcher Lance ( ‘95), Executive Vice President at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tom Lawson (‘79), Principal (retired), Deloitte Consulting Markus Lorenz (‘02), Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group David Rossi (‘92), Managing Director, North American Natural Resources Lead, Accenture

Nick Gordon Vanderbilt MBA (Strategy) | 2015 Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group

To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.




Human and Organizational Performance (HOP)

HOW HOP CAN MAKE YOU Meg Branson Meg Branson is on a mission. After graduating with a degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Raleigh native spent the next seven years with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. She started at the front desk; by the time she left the organization, she was a senior vice president. At Vanderbilt, she took HOP as her pathway toward her goal of becoming a chief diversity officer and to “getting more women and minorities into the C-suite.� Her current position as a human resources manager at GE Power is moving her down that path.

Vanderbilt MBA (Human and Organizational Performance) | 2016 Human Resources Business Partner, GE Power


Choose Your Focus

HOP Concentration • HOP Specialization

A BUSINESS VIP. Vanderbilt offers one of the country’s most highly regarded MBA programs in Human and Organizational Performance. As a result, MBA students on this career path are quickly recruited by some of America’s savviest and best-known corporations and consulting firms.

What Employers Look For

Strong presentation, communication and interpersonal skills • Analytical skills • Professional presence • Understanding of change management and organizations  • Mentoring or coaching experience • Connecting talent with business strategy • Ability to work cross-functionally and relate to all aspects of business

What You’ll Study

Strategic Alignment of Human Capital • Leading Change • Organizational Learning and Effectiveness • Compensation Decision-Making • Talent Management • Labor and Employee Relations • Negotiation • Innovation Strategy • Ethics in Business • Executive Coaching • Training Systems Management

We offer a greater number and variety of courses than most business schools. And unlike typical HR programs, ours prepares you to take a seat at the “C-team table” and to help a company implement business strategies.

Résumé-Building Activities

Human and Organizational Performance Association • Human Capital Case Competition • Consulting Career Trek • HOP Symposium

Sample Hiring Companies

Amazon • American Express • Cisco • Citi • Deloitte Consulting • Emerson • HP Inc. • Hewlett Packard Enterprise • International Paper • Microsoft • Procter & Gamble

Notable Alumni

Mike Dallas (‘96), SVP, Human Resources, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Ben Elrod (‘02), Vice President, Human Resources, CoreCivic Belinda Grant-Anderson (‘90), VP, Diversity and Inclusion, AT&T Aaron Sobel (‘99), VP, Human Resources and CHRO, Diamond Offshore To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.

(Left to right) Rover.com Vice President Megan Teepe, MBA’11, Chief Operating Officer Brent Turner, MBA’99 and summer intern Sarah Eaton, MBA’17.



Operations and Analytics

Learn from some

Professor Nancy Lea Hyer

Experiencing an operations course taught by Nancy Lea Hyer is something most Vanderbilt MBA students—regardless of concentration—aspire to do. “Entertaining” and “energetic” are just two of the words students use to praise her teaching. More often than not, though, the words that describe her courses are “effective and enlightening.” It’s no wonder: Nancy’s approach is rooted in the real world. She has worked for Hewlett-Packard and consulted for and led executive seminars for a number of organizations including Cigna, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Genesco, Black & Decker and the U.S. Army.


brilliant operators.

1 place

Our Operations faculty have won international recognition, notably for advancing knowledge in areas including organizational learning curves, time-based competition, category captainship, managing operations under bankruptcy risk, manufacturing cells and operations strategy.


Not only that: many have provided consulting services to clients that include some of the world’s best-known companies. So if you’re interested in the design and management of processes, supply chains and logistics within the health care, manufacturing or technology industries, or are interested in consulting, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the best.

Choose Your Focus

Operations and Analytics Concentration

What Employers Look For

Ability to work in diverse teams • Quick thinking • Desire to measure or quantify outcomes • Ability to manipulate and analyze data • Creativity and problemsolving skills • Project management and presentation skills • Understanding of supply chain theory and production environments • Focus on the customer experience

What You’ll Study

Supply Chain Management • Management of Service Operations • Operations Strategy • Health Care Operations • Strategy and Operations Consulting • Strategic Management of Technology • Spreadsheets for Business Analytics • Managing and Improving Processes • Sports Analytics

Résumé-Building Activities Operations Management Club • Operations Career Symposium • Club Field Trips • Case Competitions

Sample Hiring Companies

Acadia Healthcare • Amazon • AT&T • Eaton • Emerson • Johnson & Johnson • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Over the past 10 years, five Vanderbilt MBA teams have taken first place in national and international operations management competitions.

Notable Alumni

Matthew Davis (’05), VP and GM of Powertrain Components, Illinois Tool Works David Farr (’80), Chairman and CEO, Emerson Josué Gomes da Silva (’89), Chairman and CEO, Coteminas Heiki Miki (’96), Managing Executive Officer & GM, Shinagawa Refractories Joseph Saoud (’95), President, Trucks and Bus Radial and Retread, Bridgestone Richard Wargo (’91), EVP and COO, Commercial Banking, Citizens Financial Group To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.

As an engineer, I was unaware of many of the business-related functions and the wealth of opportunities in the business world. I felt that going to business school would help expand my knowledge in these areas and introduce me to career paths that I didn’t even know existed. Kristen Stieger Vanderbilt MBA (Operations, Strategy) | 2015 Business Consultant, Industrial Lubricants, Chevron



Health Care

Nobody else does health care business


400 The number of health care companies that have operations in Nashville.

like this.

Combine Vanderbilt’s top-ranked business school with its world-class medical center and put them in a city named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “hottest places for health care.” What you get is a health care management curriculum that delivers innovation in ways that no other MBA program can. You can immerse yourself in the delivery of health care (like standing next to a surgeon in the operating room). You can network with health care executives (relationships that often lead to jobs). You can learn from one of the U.S. Congress’s foremost experts on health care policy. And you can solve real challenges for local health care companies through exclusive residencies. Because you’ll learn the field from the inside out, you’ll be uniquely prepared for the future of health care. And be prepared to shape it.

500,000 The number of jobs Nashville-based health care companies create globally, along with more than $84 billion in revenue. Choose Your Focus

Résumé-Building Activities

Health Care Concentration (in combination Health Care Immersion • Vanderbilt with one or more Concentrations) Health Care Conference • Vanderbilt Health Care Improvement Club • Vanderbilt Business Healthcare What Employers Look For Association Passion for the industry • Leadership abilities • Demonstrated analytical and communication skills • Strong functional Sample Hiring Companies skills in marketing, finance and/or Acadia Healthcare • Amgen • Cardinal operations • Ability to work in a team Health • Cigna • Cerner • DaVita environment • Genentech • Humana • Johnson & Johnson • Kaiser Permanente • McKesson • Medtronic • UnitedHealth What You’ll Study Group • Vanderbilt University Medical Health Care Economics and Policy • Center Health Care Delivery Organizations • Health Care Marketing • Health Care Operations • Modeling and Analysis of Health Care Data • Health Care Law and Regulation • Health Care Quality Improvement • Health Care Data Analysis • Health Care Immersion • Heath Care Strategy


Notable Alumni

Matt Cantonis (‘11), AVP, Accountable Care Organization, Clinical Care Lines, Scripps Health Hayley Hovious (‘08), President, Nashville Health Care Council A.J. Kazimi (‘94), Founder, Chairman and CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Cindy Kent (‘99), President and GM, Infection Prevention Division, 3M Jameson Norton (‘15), CEO, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Outpatient Clinics Marisa Rowell (‘08), Director, Product Operations, DaVita Health Solutions Jim Sohr (’90), Founder, AIM Healthcare Services (sold to UnitedHealth Group in 2009), Principal, Five Star Ventures To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.


Entrepreneurship We connect you with all kinds of resources within Nashville’s vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem that assist dedicated entrepreneurs in securing funding and other resources for ventures. At Vanderbilt, you will not only have access to the Center for Entrepreneurship and our very own Wond’ry—a campus epicenter for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship—but also access to local entrepreneurs and organizations including the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville Capital Network and Jumpstart Foundry.



The Wond’ry

Connect with other “makers” at the Wond’ry. Build, innovate, explore and turn abstract ideas into realities that can make a difference in people’s lives around the world. At the Wond’ry, MBA students will have opportunities to gain realworld experience in creating new processes, building new technologies and forming fresh insights. Just one more way Vanderbilt is committing to the future of entrepreneurs. Visit Vanderbilt.edu/TheWondry for more information.



The amount of money awarded to date to fund student business ideas and startups. The money comes from a grant established in 2011 by health care entrepreneur Jim Sohr and his wife Leah. (And good news for aspiring entrepreneurs: there is more to come!)

Chris Gerding | Leiya Hasan Chris and Leiya began working on the idea for Boomalang after they were paired up in a class on entrepreneurship. Boomalang matches language learners of similar interests and backgrounds—like age, profession or hobbies—in different countries. The app then facilitates the logistics of setting up video chats that are designed to enhance language skills and protect user privacy. “It’s similar to having an international pen pal, only now in the Internet age, with a focus on speaking,” said Leiya, who previously worked for an education technology startup in Dallas. “Think of it like Match.com meets Skype, coupled with a gamified language-learning app like Duolingo.” Once Chris and Leiya developed the core of their idea, they turned to Nashville’s growing startup network by participating in Jumpstart Foundry, as well as tapping into the marketing, technology, finance and legal expertise of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Vanderbilt MBA (Entrepreneurship) | 2015 | Vanderbilt MBA (Operations and Marketing) | 2015


Choose Your Focus

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

Required Characteristics

Adaptability • Persistence • Work ethic • Passion • Open-mindedness  • Constant flow of ideas • Ability to delegate and manage time effectively  • Willingness to seek help • Ability to manage high-risk situations • Confidence  • Ability to promote and present oneself and product or service • Focus on results • Ability to monetize an idea


What You’ll Study

Innovation Strategy • Health Care Innovation and Evaluation • Entrepreneurial Finance • Launching the Venture • Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship • Innovation Realization • User-Centered Product Design

Résumé-Building Activities

Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Association • Firestarter Sessions • Sohr Award Competition • Mentoring and Workshops at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center • Owen Technology Club

Notable Alumni

Henry Guy (‘98), President and CEO, Modern Holdings Gigi Lazenby (‘73), Chairman and CEO, Bretagne Megan Maner (’12), Co-Founder, Georgie Beauty Rich May (’87), Investing Partner, M Street Entertainment Scott Sohr (‘90), creator of 13 companies in four industries Brent Turner (’99), COO, Rover.com To view more alumni and to see their career progression and most current titles, visit the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School LinkedIn page. You may view and sort alumni by graduation year, degree program, function, company or location.




“The best way to learn,” says Maria Jose Rodriguez Gaitan, “is to get out of your comfort zone.” She’s been pushing that boundary for much of her life. In her native Ecuador, she joined a mountainclimbing club even though she’s afraid of heights. She went to college in a foreign country. Being outside of her comfort zone, Maria says, was one of the things that attracted her to Vanderbilt. “There are a lot of opportunities to try new roles, to learn, to meet people from different backgrounds, so with this program I feel like I am getting a wider glimpse of the world.” Here’s how she describes one day from her first year.

One Day in the Life:

Maria Jose Rodriguez Gaitan Vanderbilt MBA (Marketing) | 2018

5:55 am

2:00 pm

9:00 am

4:00 pm

11:20 am

5:30 pm

Wake up and do yoga. I’m an early bird, and having some In my Business in the World Economy class today, “me time” first thing in the morning helps me maintain two Owen alumni are coming to talk about how my focus during the rest of the day. macroeconomic trends impact their work!

I’m doing some research on cosmetics regulation in the U.S. for a meeting that I have tomorrow with my Israel Project team. We travelled to Israel during Spring Break to learn about innovation and startup culture, and now we’re working on a consulting project with one of the companies we visited to help them enter the U.S. market.

I’m meeting my Marketing Strategy team. My team and I are in the middle of a simulation where we are running a car company, and today we have to decide whether to invest in developing an electric vehicle.

1:00 pm

I’m meeting a friend for coffee near school. We need to discuss logistics for our trip to Ecuador with the Global Business Association this summer.

Back at the Owen lobby, I am meeting with the other members of the Global Business Association board. We had our big event, the Global Food Festival, last week, and now we need to plan our activities for next year.

The Career Management Center 7:30 pm organized a lunch session to help Dinner with a friend. international students prep for our internships this summer. I’m 11:00 pm always amazed at all the resources I’ve finally finished my case write-up for Brand we have here. Management! It’s time to get some sleep.



Global Perspective

To achieve a global perspective,

we build a global Historically, 20 to 25 percent of the Vanderbilt MBA student body is comprised of students from a variety of countries outside of the United States. Their diverse perspectives and in-depth knowledge of the business cultures and practices of their home countries are invaluable additions to our MBA community, broadening and enhancing the viewpoints of all students and faculty. Intelligent. Highly motivated. Ambitious and adaptable. These students bring a world of talent to the Owen experience.





Vanderbilt MBA | 2015 Goldman Sachs

Vanderbilt MBA | 2015 PepsiCo



Vanderbilt MBA | 2017 North Highland


community. The close community culture—not only with students but also with staff and faculty—really helps international students establish a new network. Andres Riera, Vanderbilt MBA (Operations and Strategy) | 2016 Senior Analyst, Domestic Sales Strategy, American Airlines








Vanderbilt MBA | 2015 Google

Vanderbilt MBA | 2017 Amazon


Vanderbilt MBA | 2015 Mercer


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Melissa Thomas-Hunt Vanderbilt University Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Professor of Management

Dan Concepcion Vanderbilt MBA | 2019





All great business schools have great professors. But ours will know you by name.

Vanderbilt’s business faculty have a worldwide reputation for their research and scholarship. They’re renowned as classroom teachers. But what students often say they appreciate most about our faculty are the relationships they form at Vanderbilt. When you have questions or need guidance, faculty doors are open. They are mentors. Champions of student initiatives. Advisors to invaluable real-world projects and independent studies. People who genuinely listen to your ideas.

Professor Bart Victor, Faculty Director for Project Pyramid and the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, works closely with Vanderbilt students in collective efforts to help alleviate global poverty.

Professor Mumin Kurtulus enjoys working with students both inside and outside of the classroom. You may find him teaching a class in Operations Management, acting as faculty advisor and cheerleader for student club activities and case competition teams or joining Closing Bell festivities on Thursday evenings.

Professor Jenny Escalas teaches Marketing Communications, which includes advertising, social media and marketing research. As coowner of AgonSwim, maker of high-quality, custom-dyed swimwear, she successfully practices what she preaches.


Professor Luke Froeb, is an author and expert in antitrust issues. He is currently working with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division serving as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics. At Vanderbilt Luke teaches Managerial Economics, a core course. A favorite among students, he is known for “cold-calling” in class, which brings out the best (or worst) in students. He also likes to lead ambitious bike rides through Nashville backroads.

Professor David Owens teaches Innovation and New Product Development to User-Centered Design I and II. He is the former CEO of Griffin Technology and consults with companies such as LEGO, NASA and Nissan USA. His most recent book, Creative People Must Be Stopped, details ways that companies inhibit innovation without really trying.

Professor Jessica Kennedy was the recipient of the 2017 Dean’s Research and Productivity Award.

Professor Mark Cohen, a leading expert on environmental and criminal justice policies, led a research team that advised the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on ways to improve the safety culture of the offshore drilling industry.

Accessibility to Faculty

One of the things that students consistently tell us they love the most about Owen. (How many top B-schools can say that?) Professor Mark Cohen



Alumni Network


9,506 coaches and friends on your side.

We can’t claim our network of high-achieving alumni is bigger than those of many top business schools. Instead, we believe they’re something much better than big. They’re active members of the Vanderbilt Business community who will be personal, and personable, parts of your experience here. (Why? Because they benefitted from alumni engagement while they were students at Owen.) Our alums routinely go out of their way to help you. They regularly coach MBA students in preparing for crucial interviews during their first year. They make introductions. Serve as mentors (and friends). And when students have questions, they’re just a phone call or email away, ready with answers and advice.

Erika Bogar King Erika is one of our many alumni who continue to connect with students and invest in Owen. You may see Erika on campus, as she has served as the chair for the Owen Alumni Board, and she has also been a guest speaker and helps recruit students to Owen.

Vanderbilt MBA | 1999 Global Chief People Officer, Sutherland





With his master’s degree in engineering, Harsh has traveled the world leading new product and process improvement teams within the semiconductor industry. He originally thought he would build a career by mastering purely technical roles. Later, he set his eyes on positions in senior management and realized that he would need the business acumen afforded by a top MBA program. Harsh is now in Pittsburgh and an Analytics Manager at Eaton.

One Day in the Life:

Harsh Sundani Vanderbilt MBA (Operations and Strategy) | 2016

6:30 am

Wake up and get ready for the gym.

8:00 am

Make breakfast and catch up on news.

9:00 am

Meet my Independent Study team to work on our project—developing a business plan to help launch a Nashville-based tech startup called Spotwise.

10:30 am

1:00 pm

First meeting of the Operations Management Club’s new leadership team! Discussing plans for our threequarter term with Robert, Thomas, Mayur and Lauren.

6:00 pm

Dinner with James and Chase, the founders of Spotwise. They’ve ordered beer and pizza for everyone working tonight. Ahh…the perks of working at a startup!

Answer emails and finish details on my summer internship (where I will work on developing energyefficient LED light bulbs). Exciting!

8:00 pm

11:20 am

10:00 pm

Business in the World Economy class. This is my favorite class this mod, as it guides us through the causes and impact of the various financial crises in the last 100 years…things I have wanted to learn about for a long time.

Arrive home and spend some quality time with my wife, Meesha.

Catch up on emails and make my “to-do” list for tomorrow. Read cases for classes tomorrow. I’m excited to discuss the Intel case in the Operations Strategy class.

11:30 pm To bed!



Family and Friends

WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR FAMILY. (And that goes double for your family.) You’re not the only one who will find a supportive environment at Vanderbilt. Through the Owen Partners Association (OPA), we help connect spouses, fiancés and fiancées, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends and families to the Owen community. All partners are invited to be part of social events and Owen clubs. And along with a network, we can connect you to resources for job opportunities, childcare, local schools and more.



On average, the percentage of Vanderbilt MBA students that are married or engaged.

Dining out. Brewery tours. Ski trips. Pumpkin patch rides. Library and story time. Museum visits. Potlucks. Just hanging out and talking. These are just a few activities that members of OPA (and their kids) enjoy.

Although you may not be from Nashville or have extended family here, Owen becomes your family. Paris Bilodeau Wife of AJ Wullschleger (Class of 2016) Former Co-president, Owen Partners Association




Student Life



It’s fascinating how many students, in looking back on their decision to come to Vanderbilt, say the same thing. They noticed something different from the moment they arrived on campus. A feeling they didn’t find when visiting other schools. A feeling that they belong here, in the fullest sense of the word. You’ll feel it in the way people—students, faculty, staff— support and cheer for one another. You’ll find it in the social gatherings and service projects. In the way that colleagues tend to become long-time friends. Once you belong to the community, you belong for life.

Just a few of the events and activities you’ll experience Closing Bell • Marketing Madness • Trivia Night • Capitalist Ball • Owen Follies • Global Food Fest • Talent Show • Owen Olympics • Football Tailgates • Martin Luther King Jr. Observance • Distinguished Speakers

Closing Bell is a Thursday-night tradition that unites students, faculty, staff, significant others, children and pets and offers a way to wind down and have fun after a productive week. (At Owen, “ABC” stands for “Always Be at Closing Bell.”)

Student clubs and organizations Professional Consulting Club Distinguished Speaker Series Energy Club Entrepreneurship Association Finance Club Human and Organizational Performance Association Marketing Association Max Adler Student Investment Fund Music Club Operations Club Owen Adam Smith Society Owen Speaking Club Real Estate Club Strategy and Consulting Club Tech Club TVA Investment Challenge Vanderbilt Health Business Association

Affinity Armed Forces Club Asian Business Association Black Students Association Christian Business Association Global Business Association Greater China Business Club Indian Business Club Japan Business Club Jewish Business Association Latin Business Association Out & Allied (LGBTQI) Owen Partners Association Women’s Business Association Governance Owen Student Government Association (OSGA) Honor Council 46

Service and Outreach 100% Owen Net Impact Project Pyramid Athletic Golf Club Outdoor Adventure Club Sports Club Special Interest Cork & Barrel Society Culinary Society Social Activities Club Texas Club

Three support teams that Owen students love! Academic Programs and Student Life In addition to helping students get the classes they want and need, the Academic Programs and Student Life team serves as information central, advisors, cheerleaders, counselors and sounding boards. Walker Management Library The recently renovated Walker Management Library serves as the go-to place for gathering, study, meetings and information. The four “information consultants� (a.k.a. librarians) offer more than 70 workshops and training sessions to help students become more effective researchers. Information Technology Services This team is ever-present and always on call, ensuring that the technology needed for a great academic experience is in place and works as it should. They are easy to find: their Help Desk is right in the first-floor lobby.





When you’re a part of Owen, you’re fully a part of one of the world’s leading research universities. You can take classes from other schools and departments across Vanderbilt University, if you choose. Owen students are charged a flat rate tuition per semester or per year. There is no additional tuition cost if a student takes a course offered in a Vanderbilt program outside of the business school. And, of course, you’ll have full access to everything the campus has to offer (it’s a lot)—from Southeastern Conference athletics to intramural sports to big-time concerts to the fine arts. All on one of America’s most naturally beautiful campuses in the middle of a lively, cosmopolitan city.

More than


The number of tree and shrub varieties that exist on Vanderbilt’s 330-acre campus. Located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, the campus was designated a national arboretum in 1988.


1873 The year that Cornelius (the Commodore) Vanderbilt—an American railroad and shipping magnate—gave $1 million to endow and build our university. It was his first major gift of philanthropy.




Nashville’s cost of living compared to the national average. Nashville is a safe and affordable place to spend two years. areavibes.com

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The number of top metro areas in the United States that are within a two-hour nonstop flight from Nashville.

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Average high and low temperatures during the year in Nashville. U.S. Climate Data



Nashville is eclectic and diverse. It is a bustling billion-dollar economy that offers equal parts urban sophistication and down-home, welcome-to-the-BBQ friendliness. What else? A low cost of living and high quality of life. Great live music every night and of every genre. A variety of restaurants from Ethiopian to Brazilian to soul food to “meat-and-three.” Pro football. NHL hockey. Big-time SEC sports. Beautiful parks and hundreds of miles of trails and greenways. Discover why The New York Times, Forbes and CNNMoney rank Nashville high among places to live and do business. business.vanderbilt.edu/mba

We’re a different type of business school. We’re competitive, not cutthroat. We dig deeper. Work harder. (And like it that way.) We know that winning doesn’t mean leaving others behind.

Vanderbilt is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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