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Vanderbilt MBA Admissions<br />
DirectorIn the second part of the Interview Series, we look at the popularity of Military MBA applicants, diversity of the class, impact of Visa Rules on placements, and the latest Post-MBA placement trends.

The % of Military MBA candidates in the class is 11%. What encourages applicants from the military background to join Vanderbilt MBA?

I have made a concerted effort to reach out to military candidates through various events and resources. We value the discipline, leadership, maturity, and humility that veterans bring to the classroom and their study groups. So do our corporate recruiters. Veterans often need a little extra coaching on translating their military experience to the civilian world. We have a very strong support system that helps them in any way necessary. That, plus word of mouth from our current students, seems to attract more veterans to the program each year.

Is there any conscious effort to maintain diversity in the Full-time MBA class?

Absolutely. We value diversity in all its aspects.  We have one recruiter dedicated to international recruiting...


Vanderbilt MBA Admissions DirectorIn the first part of the Interview Series with Christie St-John, Atul Jose - the Editor of F1GMAT asks about the biggest misconception about Vanderbilt MBA, how the curriculum is structured for career switchers, and the rise of the health care specialization.

What is the biggest misconception about Vanderbilt MBA?

Many people believe that because we are in the Southern part of the United States, we are a regional school;  that most of our students come from this area and also that they stay here for full-time jobs after the MBA. It is not true. Our students come from everywhere in the United States and abroad, and their post-MBA employment is just as varied in location, from San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, and points outside of the United States.

How is the curriculum structured to help career switchers?

First, our classes are set up in seven-week modules, so students finish all the core classes early and begin taking classes in their area of specialization. This prepares them for a career switch because they will have the knowledge, both from class work and from practical, hands...



In the third part of the Interview Series with Christie St-John, the Director of MBA Admissions at the Owen Graduate School of Management, we find out the entry criteria, application process, and scholarship opportunities.

Q) What are the various criteria for scholarships? Is there a separate application? How many scholarships are on offer for the latest class?

Because we are a private university, our scholarships are funded by alumni or corporate friends. Each donor may request that the scholarship be limited to certain students. For example, a woman who plans to work in finance, an engineer who will focus on technology advancements, a student with a military background, etc.  The one requirement that they all have in common is “merit."

For that reason, we examine the undergraduate transcript and the GMAT scores of each candidate, the work experience and projected career path and interpersonal skills. Candidates who are at or above our “average” may be awarded a scholarship. There is no separate application and students will learn about their scholarship award at the time they are admitted.

Vanderbilt awarded need-based or merit scholarships in the range of 15,383 - $72,212 to 62 students (one third of the class) for the Fall 2017 class.

What are the entry criteria for the...


About Owen Graduate School of Management

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of ManagementIn 1969, the Owen Graduate School of Management opened its doors to ten students and ten faculty members in a former funeral home. Today, Owen is one of the world’s top business schools and is widely recognized for its challenging academics, stimulating and innovative research environment, strong student/faculty ratio and a spirit of teamwork. The school was renamed in 1977 in honor of Lulu and Ralph "Peck" Owen, former chairman of American Express. The school offers full-time MBA, Health Care MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Masters of Accountancy, Masters of Management in Health Care, PhD, and Executive Development programs.

Key Features of Discover Weekend

1. Faculty presentations
2. Student and Alumni panel discussions  
3. Career management presentation
4. Admissions and financial aid workshop
5. Campus tours and social events.


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