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Master of Science in Finance


Jump start a rewarding career. In just nine months. This nine-month program offers a fast track to a wide array of career possibilities in corporate finance, investment banking, sales and trading, asset management, real estate, consulting, investment research and more. You’ll learn from the faculty in Vanderbilt’s world-renowned, industry-shaping finance department. And you’ll reap the rewards of a rigorous yet flexible curriculum that allows you to tailor your studies with a robust selection of electives. The Vanderbilt Advantage n Accelerated nine-month program n Over 98% job offer average for the last three graduating classes n One-on-one career coaching, interview preparation and networking visits n Small, diverse cohort with dedicated faculty, admissions and career services staff n Support in designing a curriculum based on your interests and career aspirations n A global network of Vanderbilt finance alumni stretching from New York to Hong Kong n Ability to take electives with MBA students n Exceptional career services including on-campus employer info sessions and recruiting n Individualized leadership development coaching and tools embedded in the program Program length

Nine months, full-time

Designed for

Recent college graduates with strong analytical skills and a quantitative aptitude

Class profile* Class Size—46 Women—20% Undergraduate GPA Average—3.53 Average GMAT Range—640-760* Foreign Nationals—24% Minorities—11% Examples of hiring firms

*Multi-year average for the Classes of 2014-2016

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, Capital One, Deutsche Bank, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies & Co., J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Raymond James, Robert W. Baird, Stephens Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Wells Fargo, William Blair



The percentage of students who accepted a job offer within 90 days of graduation. Based on the graduating Class of 2015



The percentage of course work that can be customized with electives.

9:1 The approximate ratio of Vanderbilt MS Finance students to faculty. Our programs are small by design.

34 The number of MBA-level finance electives from which students may choose.

Deutsche Bank. Goldman Sachs. Morgan Stanley. Raymond James. Stephens Inc. Just a few of the companies that have hired Vanderbilt MS Finance students.

On the cover: Read the story of Shelby Moats, Vanderbilt MS Finance Class of 2015, at

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.


GET AN EDGE IN GETTING Throughout the nine-month program, you’ll benefit from extensive training and resources at Vanderbilt, all focused on helping you achieve your goal: landing a great job after graduation.

A hallmark of the Vanderbilt MS Finance program is the invaluable one-on-one support provided by your student services team, including a dedicated career coach who is there for you at every step in your job search. With the help of your coach, you will consider career paths that best fit your skills and interests. Customize a job search plan. Identify companies in which you are interested. Develop networking skills. Hone your résumé, interviewing and negotiating skills. Gain access to some of the world’s most prestigious companies with the help of our alumni network and on-campus interviewing. All of which begins when you are accepted to and choose Vanderbilt.

There’s more. n Career

development workshops coaching with second-year MBAs who are studying finance n Finance treks to several leading financial firms n Activities and events sponsored by the Owen Finance Club and Max Adler Student Investment Club n Alumni networking events n Mock interviews n On-campus information sessions and recruiting n Online job postings n Peer

Want more information? Visit to view the most recent Vanderbilt MSF Employment Report.

Learn more about Jamie, Vanessa, Aka and Alena (as well as other amazing Vanderbilt MSF students). Visit

G A JOB. “The Vanderbilt MSF provides balance. Finance is about people skills as much as it is quantitative skills. Owen will teach you everything you need to know about both and you will have fun while you’re at it!”

“In undergrad all I did was answer questions in a textbook and occasionally speak about current events. Here at Owen, I am pulling data from real companies and valuing them, as would any other finance professional. I now feel very ready to begin working at a high level.”

“If you’re looking for a challenging program that gives you a great network of alumni, faculty and peers as well as the latitude to explore careers in finance, this MSF is a great program for you.”

“I came into the program with really high expectations—my experience didn’t just meet these expectations; it far exceeded them.”





MS Finance | 2015 Deutsche Bank New York, NY

MS Finance | 2015 Booz Allen Hamilton Washington, D.C.

MS Finance | 2015 Jefferies & Co. New York, NY

MS Finance | 2014 Deutsche Bank Jacksonville, FL

Q: Where can an MS Finance take you? A: Where do you want to go? There isn’t just one great career path with a finance degree from Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt MS Finance is a degree recognized on Wall Street and around the world and is key to an array of opportunities. Investment banking. Help client corporations acquire capital by creating and issuing debt and equity securities. Play a key role in facilitating financial reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions. Investment research. Examine and evaluate a firm’s financial statements and economic trends. Produce reports and models used by banks or large investors to make portfolio recommendations and decisions. Private wealth management. Serve a base of high-net-worth clients by providing comprehensive and personalized financial planning services such as investment and risk management strategies.

Real estate finance. Produce information that helps a company or client locate, purchase, develop and sell buildings and properties. Corporate finance. Ensure the financial wellbeing of a company by producing financial statements, developing forecasts, creating models, studying potential acquisitions and developing capital spending programs. Advisory services and consulting. Conduct expert and independent analysis on matters such as asset valuation or financial issues required for litigation.

The MSF program allowed me to open up the job market and get into some different areas that I wouldn’t have been able to reach coming out of undergrad. Experience a “Day in the Life” of a current student. Visit and meet Robert Bray, Vanderbilt MS Finance, Class of 2015.

Sam Gillespie Vanderbilt MS Finance | 2013 Private Banking Analyst, J.P. Morgan (New York)

VANDERBILT MS FINANCE Please take note of our finance faculty. They’ve made a notable impact on business. Professor Bob Whaley Bob Whaley is at the forefront of financial innovation. He is known as the “father of the VIX”—the CBOE’s 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); and the BuyWrite Monthly 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’s 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 the 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 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Professor Bill Christie Students know Bill Christie as “the great professor who teaches Managerial Finance and Bond Markets.” He also happens to be the man whose research uncovered the “odd eighths” trading phenomena, enabling 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.

Get rigor without rigidity. At Vanderbilt, you’ll get a solid grounding in finance with an accelerated core curriculum. More important, you’ll be able to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals. More than half of your courses will be electives that you will choose from the 34 MBA-level courses available to you.

MS Finance Curriculum at a Glance Module 4

Financial Economics II (2)

Corporate Value Management (2)



Econometrics I (2)

Econometrics II (2)



Accounting* (2)

Derivatives Markets (2)



Financial Modeling (2)


(x) = credit hours * Students with prior accounting classes may substitute Financial Reporting (411) for Introduction to Accounting (311) with approval of the Program Director.


Spring Break

Module 3

Winter Break

Module 2




Module 1

Fall Break

Orientation Financial Economics I (2) Professional Dev. and Communications (1)


Degree requirements and course information are subject to change. Visit to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs.

MS Finance Leadership Development Program Vanderbilt’s MS Finance program includes a leadership development component that will help you during your job search as well as offer lessons that will last a lifetime. You gain insights into your strengths, challenges and personal motivators and learn how they impact your working relationships with others. Throughout the year, along with your classmates, you will work with a professional executive coach who will help you turn these insights into strategies for personal and professional growth.

We’re a different type of business school. We’re competitive, not cutthroat. We lead with ideas, not egos. We have a name in finance you can bank on.

Master of Science in Finance

Vanderbilt is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203-2422

Telephone: 615.322.6469 Fax: 615.343.1175 Email: Web: Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, US Central Time

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MS Finance Brochure 2016  
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