Team Composition

Team Composition Requirements:

  • Each team must have 4-6 current full-time MBA students from the same US-based university
  • At least half of the team must be first-year students
  • All students must have already obtained a bachelor’s degree
  • All students must have at least 2 years of prior full-time work experience.


Other Requirements:

1.)  Part-time students and Executive MBAs are NOT eligible to participate in the Competition.

2.)  An individual may not apply to or participate in the Competition on more than one team.

3.)  Current and former principals or employees of Bank of America Corporation and/or Emerson are NOT eligible to participate in the Competition.

4.)  Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management students who are participating in the planning of the Competition (the “Owen Case Competition Leadership Team”) are NOT eligible to participate in the Competition.

5.)  Once a team has become a Selected Team, any replacement members for a Selected Team must submit an application in accordance with the substitution process (Team FAQ #6) in order to be included in the Competition on such Selected Team, unless expressly permitted by Sponsor through written approval. Without approval, a Selected Team may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s discretion if all members of such Selected Team are not present for either or both presentations.

6.) Participants in prior National MBA Human Capital Case Competitions are not eligible to compete in the Competition.