The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania

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Contact Information
Vance Hall, Suite 111 3733 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104.6340
Detailed Information

The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, insurance, international business, marketing, production/operations management, public policy, real estate, and quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research. Its tuition is full-time: $80,432 per year. At graduation, 81 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was the U.S.’s first business school and now has the largest alumni network in the country.

In addition to graduate business degrees, students can pursue joint degrees, including an accelerated MBA/J.D. degree in three years in conjunction with the Penn Law School; an MBA/M.A. degree in International Studies; and joint degree programs through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Students can also earn a Ph.D. at Wharton, typically in four to five years, in nine areas including ethics & legal studies, statistics and applied economics.

Students learn how to handle stress, make critical decisions and lead a team outside the classroom on outdoor trips called Ventures. Whether students are mountaineering on Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through Antarctica or sailing in Grenada, they put their leadership skills to the test during the weeklong trips. For leadership training closer to home, students can get hands-on experience in about 25 research centers on campus and have close to 150 organizations to get involved in.

The school has campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Students at the Philadelphia campus can live in University City, an area also home to Drexel University and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

There are close to 90,000 alumni worldwide, and some of the most notable graduates are John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.; Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn; and J.D. Power III, founder of J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing information firm.

Application Deadlines
Round 1 Deadline
Round 2 Deadline
Round 3 Deadline
Program Details
Program Fees
$80,432per year
Average Starting Salary
$150,000
Program Duration
2years
Median GMAT Score
722
Average GRE Score
322
Average Incoming Class GPA
3.60out of 4
Class Size
913
International Cohort
30%
Women
41%
Average Work Experience
5.0years
Minimum Work Experience
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FT Global MBA Ranking 2021-22
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Application Essays
Essay Topics

Applicants are required to submit two essays and answer the following questions:
Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)
Essay 2: Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants need 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors
A selection of positive personality characteristics. Recommenders will be asked to choose three characteristics from a list of ten that best describe the candidate they are recommending
Two free-form questions:
Question 1: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success in the Wharton MBA classroom. (Word count: 300)
Question 2: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success throughout their career. (Word count: 300)

Application Procedure

The Wharton application season includes three rounds that usually occur in late September, early January and late March; those interested in the Lauder Program must submit their applications in the first or second round. Applicants should apply through Wharton’s online application system and are required to fill out a data form concerning both their personal and professional background. Wharton also requires applicants to provide transcripts from all academic institutions attended, GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL results if applicable, essays, a résumé, two letters of recommendation and a $275 application fee. An interview is required for admittance to the MBA program, and interviews are offered to applicants by invitation only.