Vanderbilt University MSF 2023 Career Outcomes

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The Vanderbilt University MSF career report is always eagerly anticipated and I look forward to it every year. The results are always outstanding and the program continues to grow – no small task for an established masters program. This years report is a great, detailed read and continues to highlight why the Vanderbilt MSF continues to be one of the best in the country.

Class of 2023 Profile

I think it is always a good idea to start by looking at the overall profile to understand the makeup of the students.

  • Class Size – 79 students
  • Average Years Work Experience – 0.7 (about a year)
  • Male / Female – 73% / 27%
  • Average GMAT – 691
  • Average Undergraduate GPA – 3.71

Very steady stats year over year. More women are attending (a wonderful thing!) and the average GMAT ticked up slightly.

Career Outcomes

This program has been in existence for 18 years now. That is incredible and the outstanding consistency is something to be admired and strive for.

  • 97% of students seeking employment found received offers within 6 months
  • Salary Information
    • Average – $86,284 (including domestic and international)
      • Low – $85,000
      • High – $125,000

Keep in mind this includes only starting salaries. Bonuses are also included and range from $10-20,000.

Placement Information by Job Function

  • Investment Banking – 39%
  • Real Estate Finance – 12%
  • Advisory & Valuation – 9%
  • Corporate Finance – 9%

The remainder of the class found employment in equity research, private equity, investment management,  sales and trading, as well as other related industries.

Geographically, Vanderbilt continues to shine with its South and Northeast placements. Outside of the South, 18% of students found employment in the Northeast, 13% in the Midwest and the rest throughout the USA and internationally. Nashville, New York, Charlotte and Chicago are the top 4 metros.

Top Hiring Companies include the following:

  • Houlihan Lokey – 3
  • BlackArch Partners – 2
  • Jefferies Group LLC – 2
  • Lincoln International – 2
  • Piper Sandler Companies – 2
  • TD Securities – 2
  • Tractor Supply Company – 2

This program has a huge body of alumnus working at various levels across any number of industries. Career outcomes have always been a focus and strength here and I think you can find employment anywhere and with any firm coming from this MSF.

You can find the full report here as well as a great article discussion it here.

Here is a link to the Vanderbilt University Masters in Finance Program


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