Vanderbilt Executive MBA

Executive Edge and Global Immersion Tracks
Program Strengths

Graduates of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA Program earn the same MBA degree that weekday students receive. The program offers two tracks in the second year, the Executive Edge Track and the Global Immersion Track. The Executive Edge Track focuses on developing the necessary skills for those in senior management positions: leadership, strategic skills and vision, and advanced financial acumen. The Global Immersion Track prepares students for managing global responsibilities or taking on cross-border assignments as they work with students from four dynamic economies to explore the cultures and nuances of doing business globally. Both tracks offer apply-it-now learning experiences, giving students immediate return on investment (ROI) and recognition in the workplace. Students also reap the value of Vanderbilt's Leadership Development Program (LDP), including a personal executive coach. The hallmarks of the program include: Creating and Launching New Ventures and the team-based Capstone Strategy Project where students surround themselves with distinguished and diverse peers in a two-year, cross-functional C-Team experience.

Curriculum Highlights
In the first year, the same core curriculum for both tracks lays the foundation in quantitative and soft skills, such as statistics, economics, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, and organizational management. The program continues to build with a thorough overlay of advanced financial frameworks including valuation, globalization, and foreign exchange exposures. Additional building blocks include strategic theory, case studies, and the beginning of the Capstone Strategy Project.

In the second year of the Executive Edge Track, students go beyond business theory to immerse themselves in the kinds of high-level work that business leaders tackle. Working with the same cross-functional C-Team that was part of the first-year experience, students devise and write a business plan to launch a new business venture and develop integrated growth strategies for a real client company. Curriculum focuses on a strategic approach to human capital, global enterprise management, negotiation, and corporate financial policy. The program also offers an option to attend a weeklong international residency with corporate visits and an overview of the global marketplace.

In the second year of the Global Immersion Track, students attend four weeklong international residencies in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.  Based on the business culture and expertise of each country, the curriculum covers topics that include global strategy, corporate social responsibility, global innovation strategy, and cross-cultural management. Working with a new cross-cultural team, students will create and launch a new global venture and solve specific business challenges for a real multinational company in the Americas.

Leadership Development

Vanderbilt’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) assesses, defines, and refines students' leadership abilities to help them advance their careers. They build the skills that research shows correlate most highly with performance and promotion. Unlike most MBA programs, the LDP is individualized to the student. It includes the best industry tools and assessments that Fortune 500 CEOs use to master strengths and minimize derailers. Students can draw from this work throughout their career, like a personal continuous quality improvement program. The LDP also includes career enhancement services and C-Team support. Vanderbilt's Leadership Development Program gives students ample practice as both a leader and team member.