The Owen MBA: What You Need To Know
Founded in 1974, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management’s mission is to offer world-class business education at a personal scale. At a university built to have students interact and explore multiple disciplines, students are competitive but not cutthroat.
Owen is unlike other business schools in that it is exclusively a graduate school, which makes the environment at Owen an intimate one. Despite the large class size of 175 students, the MBA program fosters a close-knit and collaborative community built on supporting one another, recognized by the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) 2019 survey, where the program ranked number 1 in “getting to know you”.
In this 21-month program, students have the opportunity to take on any topic from issues of race, to what it’s like growing up in a different country. Owen prioritizes the needs of its students not only on an educational scale but on a personal one as well, giving them the flexibility to shape the curriculum to meet their needs and career goals.
Owen requires 11 core courses of its MBA students, the majority of which are taken during the first year. Students are then able to tailor their degree to their career goals, and complete at least one 12-credit hour concentration in a discipline beyond the core. Those interested in a “deeper dive” into a discipline may choose to pursue a career-focused specialization of 20 credit hours.
The multifaceted community at Owen is also a result of Vanderbilt’s connection with its other graduate schools. Full-time Owen MBA students may take courses for credit at other Vanderbilt graduate schools with approval. Many students choose to take interdisciplinary classes at the Law School, Divinity School, Peabody School of Education, Medical School and the Nursing School.
Owen offers co-curricular opportunities such as case competitions, annual summits, immersion experiences, professional conferences, and more. Students interested in gaining real-world experience can also take immersive courses and participate in excursions, where they firsthand gain industry knowledge.