Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

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

Phone: 800-288-OWEN (6936) or 615-322-6469
Fax: 615-343-1175

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Vanderbilt MBA is currently training students from all branches of the U.S. Military for preparation to enter or return to the business world.

Vanderbilt MBA offers the following to current and former U.S. military personnel:.

  • Eligible veterans can attend Vanderbilt University at a significantly reduced cost thanks to the school’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program. A $10,000 discount from both Vanderbilt and the government will be available for veterans who enroll in the Owen Graduate School of Management.
  • We are committed to providing merit scholarships and financial aid to every qualified military personnel who transitioned from the service in the two years prior to enrolling in their program.
  • We will waive the application fee for military persons who were on active duty within three years of applying.
  • We will provide a one-year deferment if admitted military students' plans are delayed by their service branch.


Read an article in Vanderbilt Business magazine about our military graduates…
“Military Discipline: From battlefields to business fields”
Excerpt: Ray Sumner, MBA’10, woke up in a bed with white sheets. He recognized his mother, who was holding his right hand. She had traveled from their family farm on Staten Island to keep vigil at his bedside in Bethesda Naval Hospital. Sumner did not know she would be there. Until someone told him, he did not even know where “there” was. The last thing he remembered was being with his unit, the 25th Marine Division, on the debris-strewn streets of Haditha, Iraq… (read more)

Read what our military graduates have to say about Vanderbilt…
“I don’t know any other program where I could take three different classes with a congressman, senator and former health care CEO all in the same day. ”

Kyle Clay
Vanderbilt MBA 2009
Captain, United States Army
Regional Operations Director
Read more about my Vanderbilt experience and see my video here.

“It’s nice to know I’ve put my faith in an academic institution that has lived up to its name while helping me to create a better one for myself.”

Lindsey White
Vanderbilt MBA 2010
Captain, United States Army
Presidential Management Fellow-Operations Division
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Read more about my Vanderbilt experience and see my video here.

“Coming to Owen was definitely the right choice for me. The faculty and staff go out of their way to make sure you are achieving your goals, helping me bridge the gap from Special Forces to the world of finance.”

Michael Strupe
Vanderbilt MBA 2009
United States Marine
JPMorgan Chase
Read more about my Vanderbilt experience and see my video here.

“I started this program with very limited knowledge of the business world. As an Owen graduate, I will be able to walk into any business environment, speak with confidence and provide valuable input.”

Jesse Marsalis
Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2009
Rear Detachment Commander, 101st Airborne Division, United States Army
Assistant Program Manager-Fire Support
US Army
Read more about my Vanderbilt experience and see my video here.

“The Leadership Development Program here at Owen is something that’s really unique. I had lots of leadership experience from the military…but here I learned how to build consensus and get buy-in.”

John Robella
Vanderbilt MBA 2010
Platoon Leader, United States Army
Financial Analyst
Read more about my Vanderbilt experience and see my video here.

“After four years at West Point and six years in the Army, I realized there was plenty to learn. Owen provided me the opportunity to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. I chose two fields: Finance because I wanted to learn the technical skills required in today’s markets. HOP because I desire not only to contribute as a member but also as a leader.”

Spencer Clouatre
Vanderbilt MBA 2004
Black Hawk Pilot; Captain in U.S. Army and West Point Graduate
Assistant Professor of Economics
West Point

The Vanderbilt MBA

As you target your entry into the business world, we encourage you to learn more about the unique Vanderbilt MBA experience.

Consider it our promise to you…a return on your investment that pays incredible dividends for your future. In this ever-changing global business community, you need to develop the skills necessary not only to keep up, but also to shape your world…and the world around you.

The Vanderbilt MBA program is specifically designed to help you do just that. With a class that is small by design, offering market-driven career concentrations, world-renowned faculty and extensive opportunities for hands-on experience, our program delivers outstanding preparation to help you shape your career goals in a place that is friendly, welcoming, supportive, collaborative and open to your ideas and energies. These qualities define the spirit of this place.

The school’s leaders have always recognized that the best learning results when students play an active part in shaping their own experience; when they have dynamic opportunities to work with and learn from talented peers from across the United States and the world, representing an incredibly diverse array of professional experiences; when they’re empowered to make a real difference in the community; and when world-renowned faculty are unleashed to do some of their best teaching outside the classroom, one-on-one.

All MBA Degree Programs

  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • MS Finance
  • Master of Accountancy
  • MAcc Valuation
  • Health Care MBA
  • Master of Management in Health Care
  • Americas MBA


Vanderbilt also offers a number of joint degrees - learn more here.



The Owen Graduate School of Management is accredited by the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and is a Full Member of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC).

Admission Requirements

Welcome to a journey toward a successful career in business. We encourage you to explore our website and discover whether a Vanderbilt MBA is the right fit for you. With an incoming class size of approximately 175 students each year, the Vanderbilt MBA program is one of the world's most selective--and one of the best. Learn more about admissions.

Description of Learning Environment for Students

You’re not just part of a school. You’ll be part of a community of colleagues and friends who work hard, play hard and enjoy Owen’s rich social life together. Owen is a diverse and tightly knit community where students, faculty, staff and alumni support collective and individual achievement. The atmosphere is competitive, but it’s even more collegial, where students work collaboratively and help each other succeed. Students commonly say it’s an atmosphere they didn’t find when visiting other schools, but you’ll notice it from the first day you’re here.

The curriculum—built around a strong foundation of general management skills and career specializations—is carefully crafted with input from business professionals, so that your education is market-driven. An exceptionally high number of our faculty (including our Dean) combine academic distinction with experience as actual business practitioners, entrepreneurs and corporate CEOs. Their understanding of what it takes to meet the needs of business helps shape our MBA program. You will have access to the world class Walker Management Library offering a sandbox of elite business information resources. The library staff provide personalized service to help you incorporate data and facts into your business analysis and solutions.

And the unique modular format promotes accelerated learning. By the time you interview for all-important summer internships midway through your first year, you’ll have the career-focused knowledge to give you an edge over competitors from schools with a more traditional curriculum. Our emphasis on immersion experiences and practical, hands-on education (not just case studies) give you opportunities to develop in-depth, high-level strategies for “client” companies such as GE, Coca-Cola, Nissan, Brown-Forman and Humana. Real projects for real companies often lead to real jobs.


Vanderbilt’s Owen School faculty combines academic prestige with the real-world experience of top practitioners in a uniquely intimate and collaborative learning environment. From global finance and marketing to specialized areas such as health care and HR, Owen students learn from among the world’s best and in the process build relationships that last a lifetime. Read more about our faculty.


Your service pays off.

All military personnel and veterans are eligible to use approved GI benefits at Vanderbilt. In addition, eligible veterans can attend Vanderbilt University at a significantly reduced cost thanks to the school’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program.

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, colleges and universities can work with the federal government to offer reduced tuition and fees to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be eligible, veterans must have served three years on active duty or at least 30 continuous days before being discharged for service-related injuries since the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. A $10,000 annual tuition discount from both Vanderbilt and the government, totaling $20,000 per year will be available for veterans who enroll in the Owen Graduate School of Management.

You can find the tuition rates for the Vanderbilt MBA on our website.


The Vanderbilt MBA program continues to evolve and grow at a rapid pace. Over the last five years, Vanderbilt MBA has passed more than 20 MBA programs in the U.S. News & World Report ranking, ascending faster than any other program.

Here are just a few more reasons to take note of the Vanderbilt MBA:

- Vanderbilt MBA is ranked #19 among private U.S. graduate programs (one of only six schools of its size to be named in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 30).
- Vanderbilt MBA is ranked in the Top 20 for total salary five years after graduation by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek.
- We are located in Nashville, voted #3 Best Value Cities (Kiplinger), America’s Friendliest City (Travel + Leisure) and Best Music Scene (Rolling Stone).
- This year, we awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to the incoming class. We’re committed to your career and your success, and we’ve put more of our money behind that commitment than ever before.