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A 9-month degree. A lifetime of career possibilities. The Vanderbilt MS Finance offers a fast track to a wide array of career possibilities in corporate finance, investment banking, 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 four 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—50 Women—17% Undergraduate GPA Average—3.6 Average GMAT—692 Foreign Nationals—21% Underrepresented Minorities—­7 % Examples of hiring firms

*Multi-year average for the Classes of 2016-2018

Bain & Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies & Co.,J.P. Morgan, Raymond James, Robert W. Baird, Stephens Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Wells Fargo



The percentage of students with job offers within 90 days of graduation.

Based on the graduating Class of 2017



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

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

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

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

On the cover: Read the story of Meredith

Harding, Vanderbilt MS Finance Class of 2017, at business.vanderbilt.edu/msfinance.

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 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 business.vanderbilt.edu/msfinance to view the most recent Vanderbilt MSF Employment Report and discover the benefits of our program.

STEM Designation The Vanderbilt MS Finance program has been designated as a STEM degree program. This designation allows international students on F-1 visas to remain in the U.S. for an additional 24 months.

The STEM designation gives our international students additional advantages to stay in the U.S., practice the skills they have honed and really solidify an experience base over three years that will complement the education they received at Owen. Cherrie Clark, MS Finance Director, Owen Graduate School of Management

G A JOB. “I chose Vanderbilt because the program is highly ranked and the job placement history is stellar. The location in Nashville was icing on the cake.”

“What stood out about the Vanderbilt MS Finance program is the ability to customize your curriculum. I was able to choose my classes based on what type of finance I wanted to go into.”



MS Finance | 2017 Research Associate Stephens, Inc.

MS Finance | 2017 Equity Research Analyst Goldman Sachs

“The program prepared me by providing the technical skills needed to perform my job at a high level. It also opened my eyes to various cultures and personalities among my classmates.”


MS Finance | 2017 Investment Banking Analyst Raymond James

“Owen has shown me how much potential there is at the intersection of law and business.”


JD/MS Finance | 2016 Corporate & Securities Associate Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

“Being in the Vanderbilt MSF program opened my eyes to networking and allowed me to interact with people from different backgrounds. Thanks to everyone’s help at Owen, I was able to start my dream job coming out of the program.”

VANESSA ARNDT MS Finance | 2016 Associate Consultant Bain & Co.

Learn more about Brandon, Sarah, Ryan, William and Vanessa (as well as other amazing Vanderbilt MSF students) at business.vanderbilt.edu/msfinance.

Q: Where can a Vanderbilt MSF take you? A: Where do you want to go? There isn’t just one great career path with this degree from Vanderbilt. Designed for recent college graduates with strong analytical skills and a quantitative aptitude, this program will prepare you for long-term success in the world of finance. The Vanderbilt MS Finance degree is recognized on Wall Street and around the world and is key to an array of opportunities.

Investment Banking

Investment Research

For more info about each career path, visit business.vanderbilt.edu/msfinance.

Advisory Services & Consulting

Vanderbilt MS Finance

Private Wealth Management

Corporate Finance

Real Estate Finance

I was really swayed to Vanderbilt by the program directors and MSF career coach. They put a tremendous amount of effort into ensuring you are prepared for a career in finance. They don’t let you fall behind and are always there if you need help or guidance. Experience a “Day in the Life” of a Vanderbilt MSF student. Visit business.vanderbilt.edu and meet Sarah Davis, Vanderbilt MS Finance, Class of 2017.

Cameron Toler Vanderbilt MS Finance | 2017 Investment Banking Analyst TripleTree Merchant Bank (Minneapolis)

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 Nick Bollen A prolific publisher and expert on hedge funds and mutual funds, Nick Bollen’s work has been referenced throughout academia and mainstream media. Since joining Owen in 2001, Nick has published over 20 papers in several journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Economics, and Financial Management. He has also has earned Owen’s Research Productivity Award and Research Impact Award.

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

Financial Reporting I

Financial Reporting II

Financial Elective

Financial Elective

Financial Economics II

Corporate Valuation

Financial Elective

Financial Elective


Financial Elective

Financial Elective

Financial Elective

Financial Modeling

Financial Elective

Financial Elective

Spring Break

Module 4

Winter Break

Module 3

Financial Elective


SPRING Module 2

Fall Break

Orientation: Financial Economics I Professional Dev. and Communications

FALL Module 1

Degree requirements and course information are subject to change. Visit vanderbilt.edu/catalogs 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. During 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.

Vanderbilt is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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