Vanderbilt Business Travel Brochure

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Full-Time MBA

Full-Time MBA The program: The Vanderbilt Master of Business Administration is a two-year, on-campus program located in Nashville, Tennessee. It features a core foundation of general management courses with your choice of concentrations. Program length: 18 months plus a three-month internship or international exchange opportunity. Designed for: Early career professionals who desire the knowledge, credentials, skills, and connections to fuel a faster—or altogether different— career trajectory.

“Vanderbilt Business is an incredible community— a great place to spend two years! Our school is filled with authentic and amazing students. It is a very friendly culture in which to pursue an MBA.”

CHRISTIAN ZAVATTI Purchasing Advisor, Dell VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 1 9

TH E VA N D E R B I LT A D VA N TA G E . At Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, we’re looking for students who are inquisitive, self-aware, adaptable, and driven. Here you’ll discover what it means to lead and manage effective change by learning to think critically, take risks, and build versatile teams. Because we’re small by design, we offer programs that larger schools simply can’t—from leadership development to tailored independent studies to personal immersion experiences. And because of our close-knit and collaborative community, we can invest fully in who you are and where you want to go. That’s the Vanderbilt Advantage.



T H E C U R I O U S. We’re a different kind of business school, and we invest in a different kind of student. Don’t be surprised if we do things a little differently around here. At Vanderbilt Business, we take the time to get to know you personally and understand each of your goals. Unlike other MBA programs, we’re intentionally small. This gives us the flexibility and focus to help you propel your career forward. With our accelerated curriculum, highly regarded faculty, and incomparable Leadership Development Program, here you’ll lead with your ideas, not your ego.

A UNIQUE CURRICULUM. AN UNDENIABLE A D VA N TA G E . Our accelerated curriculum is designed to do just that—accelerate your success. With our modular course format, you’ll study a core of business fundamentals that gives you a steady foundation to dive into your summer internship. Through the Vanderbilt MBA program, you will choose at least one concentration and you may add a specialization, which will provide the intellectual capital for the career path you choose. You can further customize your program with an emphasis in one or more areas of interest. We also offer dual degrees with other prestigious schools at Vanderbilt, including the Law School, the School of Medicine, the Blair School of Music, the School of Nursing, the Divinity School, and the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

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


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


8 credit hours of approved courses Customized Emphases Entrepreneurship International Studies Real Estate

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Financial Accounting Leading Teams and Organizations Management Communication Managerial Finance Managerial Statistics


Managerial Economics Marketing Management Operations Management

Opportunities during fall, winter, and spring break will enhance your MBA and career-seeking experience. Some options are for credit. BrandWeek Consulting Trek Global Business Trip Health Care Immersion Short Courses Tech Trek Wall Street Week


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WINTER BR E AK Managerial Accounting Strategic Management Elective Elective

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SPRING BREAK Business in the World Economy

China Trip Global Business Trip Israel Trip Project Pyramid Trip

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Maymester International Exchange Summer Internships


MENTORS WHO TA K E Y O U ST R A I G H T T O TH E T O P. Vanderbilt professors know your name and understand your goals. In addition to being renowned classroom teachers, our faculty are leading experts, directors, CEOs, award winners, and authors. But what our students often say they appreciate most about their time at Vanderbilt are the relationships they form with their professors. Because here, our faculty are interested in your ideas and invested in your success.



Best Professors

Relationships with faculty

J E S S I C A A. KENNEDY Assistant Professor of Management

Based on MBA student ratings of their professors’ teaching abilities, the integration of new business trends into the curricula, and the intellectual level of their peers’ contributions in class discussions (The Princeton Review).

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One thing that students consistently tell us they love most about Vanderbilt Business. (How many top B-schools can say that?)

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Kennedy studies hierarchies and gender in work organizations. Her research has been featured in places like The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Time. She teaches the core Leading Teams and Organizations course and an elective on negotiation for the MBA program.



Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership

Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation

Victor works closely with Vanderbilt students in collective efforts to help alleviate global poverty. He’s also the faculty advisor for Project Pyramid and for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures.

Owens is the former CEO of Griffin Technology and consults with companies such as Lego, NASA, and Nissan LEAF. He also directs the Vanderbilt University Accelerator–Summer Business Institute. His most recent book, Creative People Must Be Stopped!, details the ways that companies inhibit innovation without even trying. 5

D O N’T J U ST LEARN BUSINESS. LEARN TO LEAD. At Vanderbilt Business, leadership isn’t an add-on or an afterthought; it’s well integrated into our business school experience. It’s also an area where you’re expected to take ownership of your development. And in our smaller program, you’ll have even more opportunities to lead.

Work on a team.

Lead outside the classroom.

Train like a top executive.

Collaboration is a critical foundation for effective leadership, and it’s a part of everything we do. You’ll gain experience in navigating teams, which will prepare you for the work environment after Vanderbilt.

Explore and elevate your personal leadership style through our many extracurricular opportunities. Whether it’s planning a conference, serving as officer on a student club, or running for student government, you’ll be growing your versatility in all areas of leadership.

Our Leadership Development Program isn’t a class you take. It’s an experience you participate in. With access to executive coaches and experienced mentors, you’ll hone your skills through personalized instruction and diagnostic instruments.

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“The time I invested in the Leadership Development Program allowed me to gain a different perspective of myself and understand what can drive my successful leadership in the future.”

KATIE SMIGELSKI Summer Consulting Intern, The Boston Consulting Group VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 2 0


Inquisitive We are curious and relentlessly invested in discovering better solutions.

EX P E R I E N C E TH AT S E T S Y O U A PA RT. At Vanderbilt Business, we don’t believe in living life on the sidelines. That’s why our immersive opportunities give you plenty of chances to integrate hands-on learning with real-world application. So whether it’s riding with LifeFlight at Vanderbilt University Medical Center or working to help alleviate poverty in Guatemala, we help you get the right experience to broaden your business world.

We provide many ways to travel internationally and gain global experience:

Focused electives

International trip courses

Project Pyramid trips

International exchange programs

Maymester study abroad

Organizationinitiated trips

Interested in finding out more about international opportunities? Check out

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Bergen, Norway Cergy-Pontoise, France Dublin, Ireland Florence, Italy Karlsruhe, Germany Madrid, Spain Oestrich-Winkel, Germany Paris, France Prague, Czech Republic Vallendar, Germany Vienna, Austria Cape Town, South Africa Gaborone, Botswana Johannesburg, South Africa Nairobi, Kenya


Bogotá, Colombia Guatemala City, Guatemala Managua, Nicaragua Pignon, Haiti San José, Costa Rica Santiago, Chile São Paulo, Brazil Trujillo, Peru


South America

Here are some of the cities where our MBA students have recently had international experiences.


We give you opportunities not only to travel, but also to gain invaluable business acumen and global sensitivity.

Beijing, China Hong Kong, China Kathmandu, Nepal Madurai, India Seoul, South Korea Shanghai, China Singapore, Singapore Stung Treng, Cambodia Tokyo, Japan


A global mindset is imperative to today’s business world.

Melbourne, Australia

Our research and learning centers help you generate impact, now and after you graduate. Center for Health Care Market Innovation Experience how industry research is shaping how we best meet the evolving needs of patient care. The Vanderbilt Marketing Hub Engage with marketing professors as they guide Vanderbilt students who are interested in understanding the ever-evolving role of marketing within the organization. Center for Entrepreneurship Find guidance, financial support, and connections alongside relevant entrepreneurial programming. Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Help expand opportunities for those at the bottom of the wealth pyramid through market-based solutions.

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NICK DASON Corporate Development and Strategy Intern, AMSURG VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 2 0

Want to find out how our immersion experiences give you the hands-on learning you need? Visit mba/immersion


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Relentlessly curious about health care, he used Immersion Week to dive right in. Nick Dason was intrigued by the health care concentration at Vanderbilt Business, but he was an Army veteran with limited experience in the industry. That’s why he found Health Care Immersion Week to be such a life-changing experience. Over the course of several days, Nick shadowed doctors and nurses, visited care facilities and companies, and listened to leaders from health organizations large and small. These opportunities have granted him a vital understanding of the industry as he continues toward the completion of his degree in 2020.

Driven When there isn’t a way forward, we forge one.

I M A G I N E E X A CT LY W H E R E YO U WAN T TO BE. NOW, L E T US TAKE YO U TH E R E. At the end of your two years here, you can expect exceptional outcomes. Whether it’s managing new products at Amazon, consulting with BCG, working in finance at Nissan North America, or advancing health care at Genentech, a Vanderbilt MBA will land you at the top.

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of our students’ summer internships turn into full-time job offers.

Discover just a few of the incredible companies that employ our graduates: Acadia Healthcare Allstate Alvarez & Marsal Amazon American Airlines American Express Amgen Asurion AT&T Bain & Company Bayer BofA Securities Boston Consulting Group Cardinal Health Cerner Chevron Cigna Cisco Systems Citibank Coty Credit Suisse DaVita Dell Deloitte Deutsche Bank Dr Pepper Snapple Group Eastman Chemical Company Eaton ECG Management Consultants Emerson ExxonMobil EY Frito-Lay Genentech Goldman Sachs

Hanesbrands HD Supply Houlihan Lokey HP Humana Infosys International Paper Jefferies Financial Group Johnson & Johnson JPMorgan Chase Kaiser Permanente Kimberly-Clark KPMG Mars Petcare Mattel McKesson Medtronic Microsoft Nasdaq Nestlé Purina Nissan North America North Highland Optum Procter & Gamble PwC RBC Capital Markets SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Target Thompson Research Group UnitedHealth Group Vanderbilt University Medical Center Walmart Wells Fargo West Monroe Partners Workday

Want to learn just how much you can make at one of these companies? View our graduates’ statistics and salary ranges online at 10 Vanderbilt MBA

Even The Economist is taking note of our extraordinary outcomes:



student rating of career services

“I wanted to have access to offer guidance and the op my interests. Vanderbilt places that was able to of

THAYER ROSENBERG Clinical Specialist, Genentech VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 1 8

Vanderbilt’s MBA program was rated high in a global ranking by current students and alumni who were asked if the school’s career services met their expectations and needs.



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She recognized a global need. Now she’s dedicated to finding creative solutions. After working with a global health organization in Nicaragua, Thayer Rosenberg understood the need for high-quality health care around the world. So she decided to pursue an MBA to get the additional skills she needed to develop creative solutions to society’s challenges. At Vanderbilt, she built a foundation of leadership skills and strategic thinking to help her move her vision forward.

Adaptable We identify problems and then work to actively solve them.


Health Care We offer a health care management curriculum unlike any other. So whether you’re working directly in a hospital, networking with health care executives, or learning from Congress’s foremost policy experts, you’ll gain experience in the city ranked by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “hottest places for health care.”

With the Vanderbilt MBA, you can tailor the program for your unique skills and passions as you plan your trajectory. So whether you’re looking to accelerate your current career, hoping to switch vocations entirely, or aspiring to be an entrepreneur, you can route your career path toward exceptional success.



Operations and Analytics This is an ideal path if you’re interested in the design and management of processes, supply chains, and logistics within the health care, manufacturing, or technology industries. You’ll learn from internationally recognized faculty and have opportunities to work with some of the world’s most soughtafter companies.

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With a career in consulting, you'll meet a critical market need. You’ll learn how to solve clients’ functional problems and lead strategic change. You’ll gain invaluable client-facing skills through seminars, case practice sessions with alumni, company internships, and networking with industry leaders.

You’ll study finance with experienced faculty members who are known worldwide. Because of our legacy and robust curriculum, Vanderbilt is recognized as one of the top graduate finance programs in the world. Our students have a strong track record of earning top jobs and salaries in corporate finance programs, investment banking, and private wealth management.

Marketing It’s no secret that brands like Microsoft, Mattel, Mars, and PepsiCo seek out our graduates to fill roles in brand or product management, service, and digital marketing. You’ll gain thorough knowledge of the discipline and excel with leadership skills that will catapult you to success.

Entrepreneurship You’ll have access not only to our Center for Entrepreneurship but also the Wond’ry— our very own catalyst for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. You can also work with local powerhouses like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville Capital Network, and Jumpstart Foundry. In addition, Vanderbilt offers grant money to fund student business ideas, so your startup dreams can become tangible realities.

Human and Organizational Performance

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ALNEAD A BIGGERS Senior Consultant, Deloitte VA N D E R B I LT J D A N D M B A 2 0 1 6

We offer one of the country’s highestregarded MBA programs in human and organizational performance. Thanks to the number and variety of our courses, you’ll be prepared to take a seat in the C-suite and help implement company strategies across the board.

Learn more about how you can accelerate or switch your career at Vanderbilt. Visit


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Always resilient, she never backs down from a challenge. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in government and Afro-American studies, Alneada Biggers enlisted in Teach for America. She spent two years teaching kindergarten to ESL students in Houston—and in her spare time, also earned a degree in education. Able to adjust easily to new challenges, Alneada then decided to attend law and business school simultaneously. Invested in a consulting career, she chose a Vanderbilt MBA because the program aligned with her interests and offered a clear understanding of both legal and business solutions. She was also attracted to Vanderbilt’s collegial atmosphere: here she got to know her classmates and engaged with professors who are leaders in the field.

Self-Aware We know ourselves well, and we know what success looks like for us.

Y O U B E LO N G HERE. We’re committed to an inclusive and diverse community, because we believe we thrive best with a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. Because of that, we work with partners who introduce us to candidates from underrepresented populations, and we offer scholarships specifically for minority students.

“As an international student from Venezuela, I found many opportunities at Vanderbilt to showcase my culture, experiences, and leadership style in a very welcoming environment. Vanderbilt fosters a culture of inclusiveness where all ideas are respected.” GABY RIOS DE GIACONA Senior HR Business Partner, Unity Technologies VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 1 4

Our promise We make the same promise to every student, year after year, because we believe it. We promise that you’ll be incredibly challenged and relentlessly supported. We also promise that you’ll discover potential you didn’t even realize you had. And all along the way, you will meet lifelong friends and mentors who will propel you into a future full of possibility. Welcome to Vanderbilt. We’re family here. Find out more about resources for diverse candidates and students online at

“Because of the incredible diversity of students at Vanderbilt—in terms of nationality, age, backgrounds, and hobbies—I have learned way more than I ever imagined.” JULIEN BOUSQUET Senior Marketing Manager, PepsiCo VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 1 5

“After coming to Vanderbilt from the Marines, I immediately felt a sense of belonging similar to the close-knit nature of the military. The teamoriented culture was very familiar, and I was happy to be involved with another high-caliber group of people who respect and value each other’s unique experiences while also looking out for one another.”

TREVOR HUNT United States Marine Corps Veteran Product Owner, Confirmation

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Here are just a few of our partners.

“It was important to me to find the program where I truly felt as though I fit in the predominantly white business school environment.�

CLEON RICE Clinical Oncology Specialist, Genentech VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 1 8


He was looking for a personalized approach. And Vanderbilt was exactly it. After spending several years working with Teach for America, Cleon Rice decided to pursue a career in health care. He was attracted to Vanderbilt’s MBA health care concentration, knowing that a small class size in a diverse, personalized environment would expedite his goals. After his experience at Vanderbilt Business, he was able to naturally pivot into a role as an associate in Genentech’s commercial rotational development program and now works as a clinical oncology specialist.

PU T 10,1 24 C O A C H E S AND MENTORS ON YOUR SIDE. We may not have the biggest alumni network, but we certainly have the most personal and connected one. Our alumni routinely go out of their way to help current students. They regularly coach MBA candidates in preparing for crucial interviews during their first year. They make introductions and serve as mentors and friends. So whatever you need, someone is always just a phone call or email away.

“Vanderbilt Business ensured that women were well represented throughout the community. I became a stronger business woman because of those role models.”

RAVYN MILLER Global Marketing Director, Medtronic V A N D E R B I LT M A S T E R O F DIVINITY 2009 V A N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 0 9

Through the dual master’s program at Vanderbilt, Ravyn Miller was able to pursue her two greatest passions: ministry and business. After earning degrees in both areas, she now strives to promote ethical leadership in corporations and also serves as a minister. When she isn’t preaching, Ravyn works as global marketing director for Medtronic. Thanks to Owen, she says, “I am ready to take on the world.” 16 Vanderbilt MBA

Industry heavyweights. In your corner. Our alumni go on to do extraordinary things and land at notable companies. This is a testament to the quality of our program, but also to the strength of our connected network. So wherever your aspirations lead you, chances are, Vanderbilt alumni will already be there to show you the way.




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Executive Officer & General Manager, Shinagawa Refractories

Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines

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In 2015, Forbes listed Adena Friedman among the 40 most powerful women in the world. At Nasdaq, she’s president and CEO, making her the first woman to lead a major U.S. stock exchange operator. Reflecting on her time at Vanderbilt, Friedman says, “From modeling a company to personal and leadership skills, I’ve used what I learned here consistently throughout my years as a product manager and business leader.”

Heiki Miki travels the globe as Shinagawa Refractories’ executive officer and general manager of overseas business for the Americas, Europe/Middle East, and Oceania— and as one of Vanderbilt’s most visible and appreciated international supporters. Miki says the MBA curriculum helped him expand his skills and connect the dots in areas where he’d already had some experience, like finance, marketing, and operations.

Doug Parker was named chairman and CEO of American Airlines in 2013. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of US Airways, and before that, vice president and assistant treasurer at Northwest Airlines. Parker was first recruited for American Airlines on the Vanderbilt campus, and he credits his MBA for helping prepare him for his future success: “If it weren’t for Vanderbilt,” he says, “I don’t think I would have been in this business.” 17


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Vanderbilt offers you full access to the resources and amenities of a world-class university. On top of that, we offer you a world-class city. Our hometown is a vibrant, engaging city. Eclectic and diverse, Nashville offers live music every night of the week and boasts some of the region’s best restaurants, parks, and sports stadiums. You’ll easily see why The New York Times, Forbes, and CNNMoney rank Nashville high among places to live and do business. 18 Vanderbilt MBA

“Nashville is the place every talented, highly mobile person wants to move to these days. Startups also migrate to where the ecosystem is most conducive to success. In Nashville, we have a very strong mix of creative talent, established industries, and capital sources.” VIC GATTO CEO of Jumpstart Foundry VA N D E R B I LT M B A 2 0 0 2

We’re called the “It” City for a reason. Come discover why Nashville has been ranked in the top 10 for “Cities Americans Are Flocking To,” “Best Big Cities for Jobs,” and “Friendliest Cities.” We also ranked #5 on Travel and Leisure’s “Best Cities in America” list.

Our family is your family. And it will always be that way. Through the Owen Partners Association, families and partners can connect with one another and the larger Nashville community, as well as participate in clubs and social events on campus.

Engage, connect, lead. Whether it’s student government, global business, the music industry, or athletics, we’re known for our variety of clubs, service opportunities, and student organizations. For a full list, visit:



TO T H E D R I V E N . At Vanderbilt Business, we’re committed to those with ambition. Those who actively seek to better their lives and who persevere in the face of challenge. Those who step into change, instead of away from it. We exist for those who are compelled to work harder, who raise one another up, who are constantly curious. We attract exceptional students. And it’s no surprise that our graduates go on to shape the business world for the better. Start your application today. Visit

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Our experienced Vanderbilt Recruiting and Admissions team would love to walk through the admissions process with you. Go to to download our guide.

What does it mean to be a different kind of business school? It means being competitive without being cutthroat. It means digging deeper and working harder. It means embracing ideas, not egos. It means collaboration and connection. It means building a different kind of leader. Together.

Inquisitive, self-aware, adaptable, driven.

Sound like you?

Let’s connect. Telephone: +1-615-322-6469 Email: Web: Hours: 8:30 AM –4:30 PM , U.S. Central Time Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203-2422 United States