Return on Investment

Ask any graduate of the Vanderbilt Executive MBA program about the value of the experience and you’ll hear a common theme: the return on investment is substantial, with immediate and sustainable benefits for the individual and for the company.

You benefit.

Organizational credibility
Regardless of whether or not they receive corporate funding for this program, our Executive MBA students find that they’ve earned higher standing in the workplace, resulting in frequent invitations to contribute to organizational initiatives and functions in new, meaningful ways.

Recognition by those at the top
Sponsoring organizations that expect quick payback on their investment are generally aggressive about giving their student employees new challenges and opportunities. However, the program is designed to give all students—even those who are not sponsored—stretch assignments that will catch the attention of the management team and benefit the company in new ways. And, a Personal Capstone Project will encourage dialogue with executives at work.

Career and salary growth
Many of our students recoup their educational investment before or shortly after graduation. For example, despite the worst economy in years, only one year into the program 26 percent of the Executive MBA Class of 2012 reported a salary increase, well above the standard cost-of-living adjustment for their companies. And 56 percent of the Executive MBA Class of 2011 received a promotion or greater management responsibility before graduation.

Self-awareness and confidence
Students acquire knowledge, skills and a huge sense of accomplishment during the intensive two-year Executive MBA program. Graduates cite a dramatic increase in their time management skills as well as their self-confidence and the knowledge that they have the capabilities to set and achieve aggressive personal and organizational goals.

Your organization benefits.

Immediate solutions to pressing issues

Executive MBA students are expected to contribute to both the classroom experience and their company from day one and are evaluated on their potential during the admissions process. As a result, from day one, Vanderbilt Executive MBA students are able and encouraged to apply classroom and project learning to real-time issues and opportunities at the office. Along with their own insight, they bring the best practices of their accomplished peers and distinguished Vanderbilt faculty.

An increase in the bottom line

Critical theories coupled with practical and provocative discussions prompt students to question “business as usual.” This questioning—when focused on a company’s cost structure, sales and marketing strategies and manufacturing processes—often results in million-dollar benefits to the bottom line.

Long-term loyalty of prized employees

Companies that sponsor all or part of their executive students’ tuition also gain ROI in the form of long-term loyalty. In a recent class, 33 percent of students were completely sponsored; the average sponsorship was about 40 percent of the total cost. The expected payback for their employers' investment is projected at just 24 months.

Additionally, studies have shown that graduates of the Vanderbilt MBA program for executives remain loyal to their current employers, regardless of level of sponsorship. If not through tuition, companies tend to reward these employees at a level that motivates loyalty.

Greater bench strength

Vanderbilt Executive MBAs—both as students and as graduates—offer new ideas and perspectives, new talents and vast resources in the way of access to Vanderbilt faculty, a strong alumni base and the databases and support services of a world-class business library.

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JOSH ANTHONY Josh Anthony
Executive MBA 2009
VP, Global Nutrition and Health
Campbell Soup Company

In industry, people are often associated with their functional role. I am very proud of my accomplishments in R&D, but one of my goals was to be sufficiently versed across disciplines so that I can contribute across functional boundaries. The knowledge gained at Vanderbilt has afforded me new opportunities to partner cross-functionally, meet business challenges and grow my career in new directions.

NANCY ABBOTT Nancy Abbott
Executive MBA 1991

Vice President, Human Resources
GE Commercial Finance

The program prepared me to transfer to new functions by broadening my skills in areas where I had gaps and broadening my perspective in general. I also built confidence that I could take on tough, new challenges and succeed. The Executive MBA was a good investment for my company and a great one for me.