Owen Graduate School of Management – Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management is the graduate business school of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1969, Owen awards six degrees: a standard 2-year Master of Business Administration (MBA), an Executive MBA, a Master of Finance, a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Accountancy-Valuation, and a Master of Management in Health Care, as well as a large variety of joint professional and MBA degree programs. Owen also offers non-degree programs for undergraduates and executives.
The Owen School’s MBA degree program takes two years to complete and requires a minimum of 62 credit hours. The program is set up in eight modules (equal to four semesters) of full-time study. Students must take core courses in the fundamentals of management and complete them within their first year. MBA students may choose from the following career paths: finance, real estate, marketing, health care, human and organizational performance, operations, consulting, general management, entrepreneurship, or a custom career path. Then students must take courses in one concentration, one course in international business, and courses outside their primary concentration. The approach to learning (ranked in order of percentage) includes lecture, case study, team project, simulations, and experiential learning. The Leadership Development Program begins at orientation when students join teams, and executive coaches work with students on an individual basis to explore their leadership abilities.

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Percent of Hires in Each Industry:

  • Consulting 20.4%
  • Technology 20.4%
  • Financial 26.8%

Median Starting Salary per industry:

  • Consulting – $150K
  • Financial – $130K
  • Technology – $122K
  • Consumer – $111K
  • Health Care – $120K

Program: Full-time MBA

Duration: 2 years

Location: Nashville, TN

Class size: 182

Website: https://business.vanderbilt.edu/mba/

#18 in the world (Economist, 2021)

#23 in the US (US News, 2021)

#24 in the US (Businessweek, 2021)

#29 in the US (US News, 2020)

#31 in the world (Financial Times, 2021)

#45 in the world (Financial Times, 2020)

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