Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

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Vanderbilt University has been producing business leaders since it was established in 1873. Owen Graduate School of Management began formally educating students in 1969. This vibrant community has been recognized for having the happiest students and offering the best quality of life in the nation by the Princeton Review. Professors are able to invest in their students, with small class sizes of a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students come from a diverse array of economic backgrounds, and 65 percent receive financial aid.

Kiplinger and Money Magazine have placed Vanderbilt among best value universities. The 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings list Vanderbilt among the Top National Universities. Owen Graduate School of Management has a powerful reputation in the business world. Alumni currently reside in and make a daily impact on over 100 countries.


The intentionally small design of the school means students receive 1-on-1 career coaching beginning their first year. The MBA layout features two seven-week modules every semester. Students can take advantage of optional extended learning opportunities during breaks, such as The Wall Street Trek, an international trip, a healthcare immersion, or a social entrepreneurship project. There are multiple ways to customize the learning experience through a 20-credit hour specialization, 12-hour concentration, or eight-hour emphasis. Specializations include Brand Management, Corporate Finance, Human and Organizational Performance, or Investment Management. The career-focused concentrations offered are Accounting, Finance, General Management, Healthcare, Human and Organizational Performance, Marketing, Operations and Analytics, and Strategy. An emphasis in Entrepreneurship, International Studies, and Real Estate are available.

The 21-month Executive MBA will take your leadership abilities to the next level. This highly effective program designed to push your boundaries features an Executive Edge or Global Immersion Track, which will be selected during the second year of study.

Additional specialized master’s programs offered include the MS in Finance, Master of Marketing, Master of Management in Healthcare, and the MAcc. MAcc students are able to pursue the Assurance or Valuation route.

Student Life

Students who want to become their best selves will be challenged and see exponential personal growth through the Leadership Development component. After undergoing the Hogan Assessment or Korn Ferry 360, students receive five career coaching sessions. These sessions help students transform their thoughts into a leadership mindset. Nashville has been named among the Best Big Cities for Jobs by Forbes. The thriving economy leads to a 100% summer internship placement rate. Half of these positions lead to continued employment opportunities.

Another exceptional program for students is the four-week Accelerator Summer Business Immersion. Students will tackle a wide range of consulting projects for companies such as American Airlines, Coca-Cola, FedEx, and Habitat for Humanity. The Accelerator Business Fellowship is a unique program available for business students who are athletes. 10% Owen is ideal for students seeking to build their resume through volunteer experience. Latin American students can network through the ALPFA Vanderbilt organization, and South Asian students can join the South Asians Student Association. Vyn provides an outlet for students to design and launch their products.

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