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Admissions Requirements

Your completed online application will include the following:
  • Unofficial transcripts 
  • Self-reported GMAT or GRE score 
  • Resume
  • Comprehensive education and employment history 
  • Two essays
  • Two recommendations 
  • Self-reported TOEFL or IELTS scores (International only)
  • Evaluative Interview (by invitation only)
  • Application fee of $75

Admissions Deadlines 2017-2018

Round Application Deadline
1 Nov. 10, 2017
2 January 11, 2018
3* March 15, 2018
4* May 10, 2018

*Limited to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or International students with a 4 yr U.S. undergraduate degree. 

Applications are accepted and reviewed after the 4th round on a rolling basis.

Transcripts and Test Scores


  • We require a separate transcript from every college or university you attended.
  • Official transcripts are required from each institution if you accept an offer of admission.
  • If you have not graduated, and your conferred degree will be issued later, please wait to order a copy of your official transcript. Official transcripts must reflect the date that the degree was conferred and the degree awarded.
  • If you cannot calculate your cumulative GPA or convert it to a four-point scale, leave the field blank; we will evaluate your academic record accordingly.

Transcripts may be mailed to:

Center for Data Management—OWEN
Vanderbilt University
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833

GMAT or GRE Scores

  • All applicants must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • If you last took the test more than five years prior to submitting your application, you must take it again.
  • We review your overall highest test score; most of our candidates take the test more than once to obtain a higher score. We value this commitment.
  • Please list Vanderbilt University as a recipient of your score on test day.

Because we rely on the accuracy of self-reported test scores, it is not necessary to provide an official score report when you apply. You will be required to have the official test scores sent to Vanderbilt University only if you accept an offer of admission.


Essays and Recommendations


  • Your two essays give us great insight into your thinking, communication style, personality and other unique qualities.
  • Be prepared to explain your short-term (post-graduation) and long-term career plans as specifically as possible and to demonstrate your creativity. Login to the application to see specific questions for the current application round.
  • Each essay is limited to no more than 500 words or a single page.


  • Your two recommenders can submit references securely online as part of your application materials.
  • Instructions will be included in an email sent to each recommender after you enter the person's contact information in the Recommender section. Be sure to alert your recommenders to look for an email from Vanderbilt.
  • Acceptable recommenders include a current or former professor who knows you well and a current or former employer or business professional who has relied on your work.

Evaluative Interviews

Based on application screening, candidates may be invited to continue the application process with an in-person or Skype interview. Interview invitations are sent via email with instructions on how to schedule an interview convenient to you.

Completed Applications

Your application is considered complete and ready when we receive your online application, the above documents (at least a scheduled GMAT or GRE test date) and application fee. Although still required before any offer of admission is given, the evaluative interview and any other supplemental items are not required for the Admissions Committee to deny or waitlist an applicant at any stage.

Do you have questions or others?

  • If I am admitted this year, may I defer my enrollment until next year?
  • Is there any advantage to applying in an earlier application round?

These answers and more in our FAQs. Click here.