Vanderbilt University MSF 15th Year Anniversary

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The Vanderbilt University MSF program has hit an amazing milestone! The class of 2020 marks the 15th year that the school has been educating students and providing career advancement. This is really impressive as I remember years go when I first started researching masters in finance programs and a big challenge was the fact that the degree was relatively new and not as well known as the MBA. Well after a decade and a half, this degree is no longer unknown and the quality of graduates that Vanderbilt University is producing speaks for itself.

Over these 15 years the program has been STEM certified, created a dual degree JD/MSF option, and achieved some of the best employment outcome statistics among masters in finance programs. I am sure the next 15 years will continue to built upon this as the programs early graduates advance in their careers, change jobs and otherwise grow in their lives.

Class of 2020 Profile

The class profile continues to strengthen in this 15th year with impressive scores and class size. The university has also managed to create a well balanced program, with 25% of the class being comprised of women and 14% international.

  • Class Size – 64
  • Average GMAT – 693
  • Average GPA – 3.7
  • Average Age – 23

News & Events

The three students in the class of 2020 were recently highlighted in the news section talking about giving back and mentoring local students through Junior Achievement. This is something I have taken part of for over a decade and it is great to see the Vanderbilt MSF program involved in this amazing program.

From the article (full link here)

“Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that prepares young people to enter the workforce and teaches them entrepreneurship and finance literacy skills. Volunteers from the local community, including several Vanderbilt Master of Science in Finance (MSF) students, leverage their business experience to empower students to turn their business ideas into reality. “It has been a great opportunity to give back to the community using some of the knowledge we have all gained here at Owen and the MSF program,” said Zachary Hensley (MSF’20).”

“Ultimately, the goal of the Junior Achievement program is for the high school students to have a small business up and running by the end of the school year — a remarkable feat for any entrepreneur, much less busy high schoolers juggling school, extracurricular activities, and college applications. “I’ve had a blast being a part of Junior Achievement and look forward to seeing how far the students can take this business in the spring,” Graehler said.”

Application Deadlines

I’ve posted this before, but wanted to update all of you who are considering applying that there are two more rounds left.

*Limited to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or International students with a 4-year U.S. undergraduate degree. Applications are accepted and reviewed after the 4th round on a rolling basis.

Time is running short!

I’ve personally known the Vanderbilt program for almost a decade now (over a decade if you consider the time I was researching MSF programs when I was applying in 2008-2009) and it has been great to see each class graduate, succeed and strengthen the program. It has been a great 15 years and I look forward to what the next 15 years will bring.


Here is a link to the Vanderbilt University MSF Program


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