MBA Core Curriculum


Core Curriculum

Recruiters prize Vanderbilt MBAs for many reasons; some of these reasons can be directly attributed to the Core, which provides students with the solid foundation for exceptional analytical skills, solid strategic thinking and outstanding teamwork.

The Vanderbilt MBA Core provides an early immersion into the fundamentals of management. The two mods of the first semester are composed mainly of Core courses; in Mod 2 students begin select elective courses that satisfy their Specializations, Concentrations or Emphases. Students must complete all Core courses in the first year of the MBA program. Students may receive exemptions based on transcript review or exemption exam. Students may not enroll in the second year of the program if they have not completed the required first-year Core. In the second year, students will focus on electives to satisfy their chosen specialization, concentration(s) and/or emphasis.

Number Course Title
311 Introduction to Financial Accounting
312 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
321 Business in the World Economy
322 Managerial Economics
331 Managerial Finance
342 Leading Teams and Organizations
351 Management Communication
355 Strategic Management
361 Marketing Management
371 Operations Management
381 Managerial Statistics

*Degree requirements and course information are subject to change; not all courses are offered every year.  Click here to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs. Current students should consult YES (Your Enrollment Services), Vanderbilt's online student services application for current course descriptions and course offerings.  

Ethics Requirement

The student’s chosen concentration or specialization determines the ethics requirement. For students completing more than one concentration, the student must satisfy the ethics requirement in at least one concentration.

  • Accounting—Ethics or Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Finance—Ethics or Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • General Management—Ethics or Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Health Care—Health Care Ethics
  • Human and Organizational Performance—Ethics, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability or Controversies and Debates in Business, Management, and Society
  • Marketing—Ethics or Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Operations—Ethics or Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Strategy—Ethics, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability or Controversies and Debates in Business, Management, and Society

Exempting Core Courses

Students may request exemptions from the following first-year Core courses if they have mastered them through previous study: Introduction to Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics and Managerial Statistics. Such exemptions are based on transcript reviews. An exemption does not reduce the 62-hour completion requirement for the MBA degree. Exemptions in aforementioned Core courses must be claimed prior to registration for the first semester at Owen.