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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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Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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