Vanderbilt Executive MBA

Traditional or Americas MBA
Program Strengths

Vanderbilt Executive MBA Program graduates earn a Vanderbilt MBA, the same degree that weekday students receive. They also gain the Vanderbilt Executive Edge, which focuses on developing the necessary skills for those in senior management positions: leadership, strategic skills and vision, and advanced financial acumen. EMBA students surround themselves with distinguished and diverse peers in a cross-functional C-Team, a two-year "executive suite" experience culminating in a capstone strategy project. Apply-it-now learning experiences offer 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.

Curriculum Highlights
The core curriculum lays the foundation in quantitative and soft skills including statistics, economics, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, and organizational management. The program builds on this quantitative MBA foundation with a thorough overlay of advanced financial frameworks including valuation, globalization, and foreign exchange exposures. Building on financial frameworks, the program embeds strategic theory and case studies in both the first and second year. A hallmark of the program, the yearlong capstone strategy project takes place throughout the second year and features a team-based consulting project with a client company.

In the second year of the traditional track, each EMBA class participates in an international immersion experience. This weeklong residency is an integral part of the global curriculum sequence. Typically, the international residency consists of up to 10 corporate visits in the host countries. During these visits, students discuss with local executives the inherent complexities in doing business in the global marketplace.

In the second year of the Americas track, instead of meeting every other weekend as in the first year, students are part of a "traveling classroom," with 10-day immersions in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The program places them into new C-Teams with representatives from each of the partner schools. They work with their C-Team to complete the capstone strategy project, helping solve specific business challenges in the Americas for a multinational company. The curriculum is uniquely relevant to each country; students learn from the exceptional faculty of partner schools who know these countries best.

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 correlates 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.