Vanderbilt Owen School Admission Essays

Required Essays
What is your short-term career goal after the MBA? Explain briefly why you have chosen this area. Discuss your current skill set and what you will need to add to these skills from the Vanderbilt MBA. (300 words)

Optional Explanatory Essays
You are encouraged to provide an additional statement to clarify and explain any of the following: gaps of more than three months in full-time employment, lack of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor, limited full-time work experience (ignore if you are a recent undergraduate), poor academic performance, weak test scores, academic misconduct, violations of the law, or anything else you think is important for the Admissions Committee to know about you that is not already addressed elsewhere in your application. Applicants reactivating a previous application submitted within the last two years should provide their additional statement here. (500 words)

Optional Additional Information
You may provide in the space below any additional information you would like for us to consider that would strengthen your application. (350 words)

Video Essay
The video essay is a required component of the online application. Our goal in asking you for a short video essay is to glimpse an authentic and unscripted view of your personality, creativity, and/or communication style. Don’t stress over this portion of the application! The video essay questions are easy to answer and similar to questions you might be asked in an interview. Just be yourself! Read through the video essay instructions overview below before starting the process. Once you have read the overview, follow the instructional prompts provided on the screen for the video essay recording process.

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* Admissions essays are for the 2018-2019 application season.