Joint Degrees

Owen offers joint degree programs with other prestigious professional and graduate schools at Vanderbilt. Currently, we offer such degrees in concert with the Medical School, the Graduate School, the Law School, the School of Engineering and the Divinity School.

There is a significant benefit of time savings in pursuing an MBA as a joint degree. The traditional MBA program requires 62 hours (4 full semesters) of course work. However, when pursued as part of a joint degree, the requirement is reduced to 50 credit hours (3 semesters), since Owen will accept 12 hours from the partner school as electives.

For more information on Joint Degree programs, click here to read the full descriptions in the most recent course catalog.

JOINT PROFESSIONAL AND GRADUATE MBA PROGRAMS
Degree Partner School
Duration When to Apply
Curriculum Plan
MBA/JD Vanderbilt Law School 4 years (versus 5 years if completed separately) Most joint MBA/JD students apply to Owen during their 1st year in Law School Year 1: Law School. Year 2: Owen. Remaining years: combination of electives from both schools. Owen Scholarship, if applicable, is for 3 semesters of Owen tuition only.
MBA/MD Vanderbilt School of Medicine 5 years Medical students may apply to Owen within their first three years in medical school. MBA students may apply to the School of Medicine within their 1st year at Owen. Years 1-3: Medical School. Year 4 plus one semester (usually spring): Owen. Owen Scholarship, if applicable, is for 3 semesters of Owen tuition only.
MBA/MDIV Vanderbilt Divinity School 4 years (versus 5 years if completed separately) During their first year at the Divinity School or before Year 1: Divinity School. Year 2 plus one semester: Owen. Given the tuition arrangement at Divinity, it is recommended that you end your final semester at Divinity (paying per credit hour). Scholarship applies in the semesters when you pay Owen tuition.
MBA/MTS Masters of Theological Studies Vanderbilt Divinity School 3 years During their first year at the Divinity School or before Year 1: Divinity; Year 2: Owen; year 3: Owen and Divinity. (May require a summer semester at Divinity depending on Program)

JOINT PhD/MBA PROGRAMS
Degree Partner School
Duration When to Apply
Curriculum Plan
MBA/PhD Medicine
Vanderbilt School of Medicine through the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) 3 years after the start of core courses at Owen Ideally, at the outset of their PhD studies; however, students can apply after their first or second year of PhD study. Students must complete 4 consecutive mods (two semesters) at Owen plus an additional semester of Owen course work and tuition.
MBA/PhD Engineering Vanderbilt School of Engineering 3 years after the start of core courses at Owen Ideally, at the outset of their PhD studies; however, students can apply after their first or second year of PhD study. Students must complete 4 consecutive mods (two semesters) at Owen plus an additional semester of Owen course work and tuition.

Owen offers five-year undergraduate/MBA degrees with the College of Arts and Science, the Blair School of Music, the School of Engineering and with Fisk University. The five-year program allows a student to earn both an MBA and an undergraduate degree within a five-year period rather than the six years that it would normally require to enroll in both programs consecutively. Acceptance into the five-year program is extremely competitive and requires transfer credit and advanced standing earned in undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses in Statistics, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics are essential in order to obtain waivers from core courses. Students must enroll in a full load of required first-year Owen courses in the fall semester of their fourth year to ensure that the basic requirements for continued study in management are fulfilled.

JOINT UNDERGRADUATE AND MBA PROGRAMS
Degree Partner School
Duration When to Apply
Curriculum Plan
MBA/BA or MBA/BS Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science 5 years Students must apply for Owen admission during their junior year. Students must enroll in full load of required first-year Owen courses in fall and spring semester of their 4th year; then they complete year 2 of the MBA. (2 Semesters)
MBA/BS Engineering Vanderbilt University of Engineering 5 years Students must apply for Owen admission during their junior year. Students must enroll in full load of required first-year Owen courses in fall and spring semester of their 4th year; then they complete year 2 of the MBA. (2 Semesters)
MBA/BA Music Business
Blair School of Music 5 years Students must apply for Owen admission during their junior year. Students must enroll in full load of required first-year Owen courses in fall and spring semester of their 4th year; then they complete year 2 of the MBA. (2 Semesters)
MBA/BA or MBA/ BS Fisk University
Fisk University 5 years Fisk students must apply for Owen admission during their junior year. Students must enroll in full load of required first-year Owen courses in fall and spring semester of their 4th year; then they complete year 2 of the MBA. (2 Semesters)