Both success and failure are decisions. Once your vision is in place, you have to decide you're going to win despite the setback. Successful business people choose to be successful. They understand that decision and choice are integral parts of the success formula.
Identify an experience when you tried your best and yet failed. And you were the reason for the failure. It won't count as your failure if you did not stop someone else from doing the wrong thing that led to the failure.
No. We seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity in all forms—academic, professional, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic, socioeconomic and so on—is an important component of the Vanderbilt MBA experience.
Business school is a significant investment in your personal and professional development, however a Vanderbilt MBA is an investment worth making. We are committed to helping students afford the Vanderbilt MBA program by offering scholarships and low-interest loan opportunities.
However you choose to finance your MBA, know that the competitive post-MBA jobs our students secure often make the loan payback period significantly shorter. In fact, our graduates from the class of 2016 recorded the highest salaries in our history—annual median base pay reached $110,000.
No. Most top business schools do not accept transfer students or transfer credits. If we do admit an individual who is already enrolled in another full-time MBA program, we will not accept transfer credits. The student will be expected to complete all 62 credits required for the Vanderbilt MBA degree.
All of us fail regularly to equal our dreams of perfection and to perform as well as we feel we can. The big issue is not that we have weaknesses or we have failed; it's part of life. The point to make through the essays is that you have a system to manage these imperfections in a way that they do not dictate you. It's about showing setbacks and weaknesses as robust stepping stones that lead you to growth and maturity.
No, there are no specific prerequisites. However, candidates with little or no business background are strongly urged to review algebra 2, statistics, basic finance, accounting and/or economic principles. Our program is highly quantitative in the first year, so to prepare for this, quantitative pre-work will ensure that you are successful in those classes. The Admissions Committee looks for a variety of abilities in all applicants, including critical thinking and analytical skills, communication abilities and interpersonal and leadership skills. Most students who have successfully completed introductory courses in college-level calculus and statistics find that they are adequately prepared to meet the quantitative demands of the program. Before classes start, Vanderbilt offers optional online reviews for incoming MBA students who want additional preparation. for a detailed explanation of our admissions criteria.
The following is a list of general MBA and functional-specific competencies to help you get started. Essential MBA Skills Function-specific Skills Based on Concentrations & Key Functions Corporate Finance Consulting/Strategy Human and Organizational Performance Investment Banking Marketing Operations/Manufacturing
No, Vanderbilt does not admit applicants seeking a second MBA degree or a similar graduate management degree, regardless of where the first was obtained. Exempt from this policy are graduate management degrees that were earned at a college or university outside the U.S. in order to satisfy the four-year U.S. bachelor's degree requirement. Also exempt are master's degrees that focus on a specific functional area of business (such as accounting, finance or management information systems) and do not offer a broad general management curriculum typical of the MBA degree.
Failure and setback stories are among the hardest admissions essays to write. My clients often struggle to find the right stories that showcase their ability to survive and thrive in the face of obstacles and frustration. They also wonder how much responsibility to take for what happened, and how to prove that they have learned their lessons. Here are the tips I use to help them to tell successful stories.
No. In general, you are encouraged to visit campus at least once because it is the best way to introduce yourself to members of the Owen community and to learn about the Vanderbilt MBA program, the university and Nashville. If you have not visited campus before receiving an offer of admission, we strongly encourage you to visit before you make a final decision about attending Vanderbilt. Most candidates prefer to visit during the academic year while classes are in session. However, we encourage you to visit at any time.
If you get stuck, watch the original Rocky. (Spoiler alert!) Rocky loses the fight, but we like him anyway. His failure provides a perfect set up for his comeback in Rocky II. In this case, save the sequel for another essay.