International Students

Welcome to our worldwide community.

Vanderbilt University is a private research university of about 6,500 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate and professional students. 

The university is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the United States by publications such as U.S. News & World Report. Several programs rank in the top 10, earning Vanderbilt its nickname the "Southern Ivy." It was founded in 1873 by shipping magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt who gave $1 million to endow and build the university.

Located in the heart of Nashville, Vanderbilt’s 330 acres are home to architectural treasures and a national arboretum. Vanderbilt is comprised of several highly-ranked schools—arts and science, business, medicine, education, law and divinity— as well as a distinguished medical center and a public policy center.

Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management is a top-ranking school that is small on purpose. For you, our selectivity means smaller class sizes and closer relationships with peers, staff and professors.

International Admissions

Applying for a graduate business program is challenging especially when dealing with another educational system and perhaps doing so in another language. Our Admissions Team is here to help you understand everything you need to know about the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and applying for admission.

You will find the admissions process easier if you pay special attention to the following requirements.

In most cases, international students are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS or Pearson Test of English (PTE) will be waived only for candidates who have earned a university degree in an English-speaking country—not just an English-speaking institution—or those who have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years.

Have financing in place before you apply.
Vanderbilt offers several full-tuition and partial tuition scholarships to incoming MBA students, and several partial tuition scholarships to incoming MS Finance and MAcc students. Competition for these awards is intense. International applicants should not count on receiving any financial assistance other than scholarship that might be awarded at time of admission. Even with a full-tuition award, candidates still will have to cover personal living expenses, which are approximately $18,000 per year for a single student.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the Preliminary Financial Declaration portion of the on-line application; an offer of admission will not be extended without it. Once you have been offered admission, Vanderbilt’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you an official financial statement. You should return this to them with supporting original documents. Your student visa application will be sent to you by ISSS only after all required information and documents are received. Candidates should review the International Supplement/Preliminary Financial Declaration contained in the application for more details.

Scholarship Opportunities
All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship awards out of our general scholarship fund upon submitting an online application. These scholarships can range from $5,000 per year to full tuition. The average scholarship award for recent recipients has been approximately half of tuition.

Apply on time.
International candidates must check program admissions deadlines for international applicants. Applications submitted after the final deadline will still be accepted and reviewed, but offers of admission and financial aid will be made on a space-available and funds-available basis only.

Click here to begin the application process.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the completed application, you will be required to provide:

•    Unofficial transcripts*
•    Self-reported GMAT or GRE  scores
•    Resume
•    Comprehensive work history
•    Essays
•    Two letters of recommendation
•    Self-reported TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores

*Notarized English translations from a qualified professional are required for all official documents and transcripts in any language other than English.

Completed Applications

Your application is considered complete and ready when we receive your online application and the above documents. Although still required for admission, the evaluative interview and any other supplemental items are not required for the Admissions Committee to deny or waitlist an applicant.

Do you have these questions?

  • How soon can I check the status of my application?
  • What is the process for re-applying?

These answers and more in our FAQs. Click here.