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Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management Full Time MBA

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management offers a variety of degree and non-degree programs for every stage of a career—from the first rung on the career ladder to the corner office. The school is noted for its small student body, collaborative community, highly accessible and engaged faculty, and a focus on teamwork. A popular feature across all degrees is its Leadership Development Program designed in partnership with Korn-Ferry International. Vanderbilt is located in Nashville, a friendly and cosmopolitan city within a two-hour flight from nine of the Top 10 metro areas in the United States.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 166
Tuition (Total) $92,097
Average Starting Salary $101,301

Program Information

Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management Says

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management offers a variety of degree and non-degree programs for every stage of a career—from the first rung on the career ladder to the corner office. The school is noted for its small student body, collaborative community, highly accessible and engaged faculty, and a focus on teamwork. A popular feature across all degrees is its Leadership Development Program designed in partnership with Korn-Ferry International. Vanderbilt is located in Nashville, a friendly and cosmopolitan city within a two-hour flight from nine of the Top 10 metro areas in the United States.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration and Management, Human Resources, International Business, Investment Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Real Estate, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#25 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#15 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#23 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#4 Best Administered
#6 Best Professors
#8 Best Campus Environment

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 685
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

With an incoming class size of approximately 200 students each year, the Vanderbilt MBA program is one of the world's most selective. Admission to the full-time MBA program is highly competitive. Admissions officers seek out an "exceptionally talented and diverse group of students who are willing and able to grow, prosper, and contribute in an envi...With an incoming class size of approximately 200 students each year, the Vanderbilt MBA program is one of the world's most selective. Admission to the full-time MBA program is highly competitive. Admissions officers seek out an "exceptionally talented and diverse group of students who are willing and able to grow, prosper, and contribute in an environment that is academically rigorous, professionally rewarding, and personally enriching." In selecting candidates for admission, incoming students are evaluated for their academic aptitude and interest, experience and goals, and personal qualities and potential. The class which entered in fall of 2009 had an average GPA of 3.3 and an average GMAT of 653.

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

1

Deadline
August

20

Start
Round 2
November

25

Deadline
August

20

Start
Round 3
January

6

Deadline
August

20

Start
Round 4
March

3

Deadline
August

20

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This Program Include: Deloitte, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, General Electric, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Johnson & Johnson

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Consulting 21% $104,160
Technology 17% $99,425
Financial Services 14% $98,667
Consumer Products 14% $96,647
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 13% $98,069
Other 8% $118,625
Petroleum / Energy 8% $99,504

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 162
Percent International Students 20%
Total Full-Time Faculty 39
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

By in large, students at Owen embrace the age-old, “work hard, play hard approach.” Students “are competitive academically but not to the point [that] they are unwilling to help or that they don’t have a social life.” The Owen culture “embraces diversity but we are collaborative in our social, personal, and professional discourse. We work hard and intelligently and moreover, [we] take advantage of Nashville-based social outlets to reduce stress and activate an intense sense of camaraderie.” A nostalgic second year adds, “I have developed friendships in business school at Owen that are just as strong as the friendships I had in college. It’s important to have such a welcoming atmosphere like the one at Owen so that you can balance your life as well as possible while in business school.” Nashville “is a great city.” As one resident confesses, “I’m from the north and was very reticent to move below the Mason Dixon line. I’m convinced Nashville is a diamond in the [rough]—a city that has yet to be discovered and appreciated for its great food, live music, and expanding economy.” Every Thursday night, “students...and the faculty min­gle at a social for several hours. The relationships we are building with each other and the teachers are a vital part of our education.” In addition, “the city has plenty of options for outdoor activities, music, food, bars, and sports.” However, students lament, “there is no on-campus housing for post-graduate students,” and a “bigger library with more study rooms would be great!”

Career

From the top brass to those working in career management, “the school is extremely well-organized and unfailingly prepared.” Owen’s Career Management Center “has beefed up efforts significantly given the recession.” That said, students are always hop­ing to “increase the volume of on-campus recruiting.” Others add, it’s “easy to navigate a wide range of social and cultural activities balanced by dozens of neighboring market leaders in diverse industries that allows insights into career tracks and opportunities. The alumni community, stretched all over the world, is very generous with [its] time and insight, too.” In 2011, 87 percent of full-time MBA graduates seeking employment had received a job offer within three months of graduation. For those who accepted positions, the mean base salary was $91,653. Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Healthcare, Financial Services, and consumer products are the industries attracting the majority of recent Owen gradu­ates with General Electric, Goldman Sachs, and Johnson and Johnson listed as the top five employers in 2009.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Students are drawn to Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management for its “outstanding reputation, world-class professors, impressive network of alumni, prestigious program, [and] competitive employment rates upon graduation.” However, above and beyond the prestige of attending a top university, students universally cite the “small school size” as the “number one” draw. The tight-knit community “gives Owen a big advantage when it comes to administration and classes.” As one student attests, “There has never been a class that I was not able to take, with the professor I wanted to take it with. Furthermore, it is very easy to get access to the world-class faculty here. I have great experiences working for hours one-on-one with celebrity professors [that] it might be impossible to even get into class with at a different institution. I was particular­ly impressed by the school’s ability to have classes taught by Senators, Congressmen, and Fortune 500 CEOs.” Owen has a great reputation for energizing “a sense of camaraderie between the students as well as between the students and faculty.” Though course work is “a very challenging and demanding experience,” “students are very driven to excel, but do so while support­ing one another.” The academic atmosphere is “competitive, while maintaining a sense of camaraderie.” All students “have a strong sense of honor.” In essence, Owen “gives back a multiple of your effort.” Due to the small class sizes, students benefit from indi­vidual attention. “You really get to know everyone in your class which helps to develop a strong network for your professional career.” This sense of camaraderie pays off down the line when it comes to seeking out a career; “Given the small size of the student body, alumni are very receptive when you reach out for networking and advice.” Owens’s MBA program “is known for its strong performance in the finance sector,” as well as “one of the best healthcare MBA programs in the country.” The school “is effi­ciently run, and the professors are accessible, social, and are willing to help in any way they can.” Overall, the academic experience here “is extremely pleasant.” Garnering equal praise as that attributed to professors, the school administrators are “fantastic and accessible.” “Both the Dean and other administrators are more than willing to meet with students to address concerns.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Financial Markets Research Center; Owen Entrepreneurship Center; e-Lab; Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Global Business Association

    The Global Business Association strives to serve as the official link between Owen to the world of Global Business where we live and work.

    In the past, the Global Business Association has served mainly as a forum for cultural exchange which, while important, is only part of the purpose of the club. Our current vision is to provide tangible value to the Owen experience through initiatives aimed at increasing the globally focused academic and career opportunities.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Owen Black Student's Club

    Mission:

    * To provide vehicles for the attainment of success for students of African descent during and after the Owen experience.
    * To create and sustain an awareness within the Owen community of unique African/African-American contributions.
    * To provide leadership assistance to the African-American community.
    

    Latin Business Association

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Peer Coach Program Overview

    The purpose of the program is to utilize a select group of second-year students to provide resume review, interview preparation and functional area career advice in conjunction with the counseling provided by the CMC. In addition to resume and cover letter reviews, peer coaches can also provide insight based on their first year experience with recruiting to the incoming first year class. Peer coaches can share “real world” experience with the first-year class on the process of internship recruiting, research, networking, company information, job and industry information.

    Peer Coaches Responsibilities

    Peer coaches work as an extension of the Career Management Center, and the program is managed by the CMC. Peer coaches work with first-year MBA students on resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews and job search advice. In Mod I, peer coaches will primarily focus on assisting students in developing a solid career area of interest. Peer coaches will also focus on resume and cover letter reviews and advise students on company/industry research. In Mod II, peer coaches will assist the CMC in the mock interview program for first-year students, both for behavioral and industry specific interviews. In Mods III and IV, peer coaches will continue to assist students with their internship search by conducting mock interviews and reviewing cover letters. Peer coaches will assist the CMC with career development programming, provide advice and feedback on issues relating to CMC activities and help the CMC in the selection process for the next year's peer coaches.

  • Research Facilities:

    Financial Markets Research Center; Owen Entrepreneurship Center; e-Lab; Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

  • Study Abroad:

    Europe

    VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Vienna, Austria

    MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL Manchester, England

    ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES SCIENCES ÉCONOMIQUES ET COMMERCIALES (ESSEC) Cergy-Pontoise, France

    UNIVERSITY OF KARLSRUHE Karlsruhe, Germany

    ROTTERDAM SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    OTTO BEISHEIM GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT - WHU-KOBLENZ Koblenz, Germany

    EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL (EBS) Oestrich-Winkel, Germany

    BOCCONI UNIVERSITY Milan, Italy

    NORWEGIAN SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Bergen, Norway

    ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE ADMNISTRATION Y DIRECCÃŒON DE EMPRESAS (ESADE) Barcelona, Spain

    Africa

    WITS BUSINESS SCHOOL Johannesburg, South Africa

    Asia

    FUDAN UNIVERSITY Shanghai, China

    INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF JAPAN Niigata, Japan

    HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Hong Kong, China

    GUANGHUA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, PEKING UNIVERSITY Beijing, P. R. China

    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE Singapore

    Australia MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL Melbourne, Australia

    Latin America INCAE Alajuela, Costa Rica

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE Santiago, Chile

    UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO São Paulo, Brazil

    Korea University Business School (KUBS) Seoul, Korea

  • Women Support Groups:

    Women's Business Association

    WBA Mission The mission of the Women's Business Association is to provide all women at Owen with social and professional opportunities to interact, exchange ideas, network, and develop strong business leadership skills to ensure success while at Owen and long after graduation.

    Membership Requirements All women at Owen are members of the Women's Business Association. In order to make certain that each woman feels a part of the organization, we charge no membership dues.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management include:

Josue Gomes de Silva - President, Coteminas (Brazil)

Doug Parker - Chairman, President & CEO, U.S. Airlines

Adena Friedman - Carlyle Group, Chief Financial Officer

David Ingram - Chairman & President, Ingram Entertainment

David Farr - CEO, Emerson Electric

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $87,587

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, General Electric, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Johnson & Johnson

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 43% $89,755
Business 43% $93,302
Finance / Accounting 28% $89,968
Consulting 19% $105,632
Marketing / Sales 19% $88,226
Consulting 19% $108,500
Financial Services 19% $90,889
Other 14% $82,407
Technical 14% $96,128
General Management 11% $84,909
Human Resources 10% $94,250
Operations / Logistics 7% $86,286
Manufacturing 7% $83,400
Other 6% $75,875

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 67%
Three Month Employment 83%
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