Vanderbilt University MSF Update – May 2024

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I received a couple of good articles on the Vanderbilt University MSF program and thought it would be good for an update. The application window for this year has closed, but in a few short months you should start thinking about applying for the following year. Vanderbilt continues to provide a stellar education and career placements which make this one of the most sought after MSF programs out there.

How I got the Job

Vanderbilt has a great series where students who recently graduated from various programs discuss how they got their job, how Vanderbilt helped them in this process and give others advice on how to do the same. Love reading these and I think they give you a good idea of how you should utilize the program to launch your career.

I will link to the full article below, but some highlights from the discussion with this student on how they got their job at Lazard:

“I was drawn to the Master of Science in Finance (MS Finance) program at Vanderbilt because of the practical and fast-paced coursework with the option to take electives that would be more applicable to my interests in high finance and investment banking,” Sheehan said. “Owen does very well in terms of placing people in their industry of interest, and their employment outcomes were definitely a deciding factor when I chose Vanderbilt’s MS Finance program.”

“The summer curriculum through the Career Management Center (CMC) helped me narrow my story down to really evaluate the career path that fits best for me,” Sheehan said. “This experience solidified that I wanted to focus on investment banking recruiting. From day one, the MS Finance program is super fast and you really get to dive in and learn skills like basic accounting or valuation skill work that are not only applicable to the job, but also helpful in recruiting and interviews.”

“After I graduated in May 2023, I started to network with Owen alumni who are in the field—anyone in the industry who I could get on the phone to talk with,” Sheehan said. “I started a private equity internship in July at Markham Capital Partners, a smaller firm based in Nashville. I was also recruiting at the same time and trying to network as much as I could.”

How I Got The Job: Business Services & Industrials Analyst, Lazard

Loved reading this and I think it drives home a point I often tell students. Know what you want to do, network as hard as you can and use the university’s resources to the fullest. Vanderbilt’s career office does an amazing job preparing students for interviews and networking with Owen alumni. Outcomes are up to you, but the school does a great job giving your all the tools necessary.

2024 Class Profile

I have posted this before, but thought it made sense to include this as you start to prepare your application for next year.

  • Class Size – 94 students
  • Male / Female – 73% / 27%
  • Average GMAT – 644
  • Average Undergraduate GPA – 3.74
  • International – 33%

Also note that while this years application cycle is closed, the next one will go live on August 14th. I will be posting more over the next couple of months. Stay tuned!


Here is a link to the Vanderbilt University MSF Program


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