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. The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, actuarial science, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, 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.

Wharton’s MBA program emphasizes an intensive, flexible core in general business education, with 19 majors and almost 200 electives. Wharton professors are leaders in their fields–half of them have active consulting practices with businesses, not-for-profits, and governments around the world. And this broad expertise creates a range and depth of courses unavailable at any other business school. Students will select a pathway through content areas based on their education, career experience, and goals. Wharton MBA allows students to customize their learning not just through the selection of  electives and majors, but also through choices in the core.

To assist students with navigating this robust program, is a team of professional advisors that offer guidance in areas of academics, student life engagement and career management. They will be available to engage with students and help them meet their goals throughout their MBA journey.

Full time tuition fee for the MBA program is US$81,378 per year with tuition and financial aid for applicable students.  Upon graduation, 98% of Wharton’s MBA graduates of 2019 received job offers with a median annual salary of US$150,000.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 17 September 2019

Round 2: 7 January 2020

Round 3: 1 April 2020

Application Fee: $265

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 20 months with a 3.5 months summer intership

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 14.5%

Average age of new entrants: 26

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 732

 Average GRE Verbal score: 162

 Average GRE Quant score: 162

      Average GRE Writing score: 4.8

Average GPA score: 3.6

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

Essay Question 1

What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA?

Required: 500 word limit

Essay Question 2

Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community?

Required: 400 word limit

Additional Question*

Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements)

Required: 250 word limit


*Required for all reapplicants but optional for first time applicants

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Two letters of recommendations are required from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a work setting, preferably from a current or former supervisor. The title or position of the recommender is not as important as his/her ability to comment knowledgeably and specifically about you. Submit recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitudes and capabilities.

Letter of Recommendation Questions

The Letter of Recommendation component will be broken into two sections:

  • 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)

Admissions Verdict



“To stand out among the crowds of accomplished applicants with big banks or similar on their resumes, you’ll need to highlight the soft skills you bring to the table in addition to your academic and professional achievements.” Consultant2018

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