Scott Edinburgh
September 13, 2022

How to Approach the 2022-2023 Wharton EMBA Essays

Wharton EMBA Essay Guide

The Wharton EMBA application is officially open. This year, the school has significantly altered its application deadlines. While round 1 typically fell in December and round 2 in February, the first Wharton EMBA deadline is now in October and the second in January.

This change means Wharton EMBA hopefuls must begin working on their applications much earlier than initially anticipated.

This year, the Wharton EMBA application includes two required essays and one optional essay, offering a choice of prompts in essay two.

If you are considering an Executive MBA, Wharton’s program is among the top EMBA programs in the world. With campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco, the program offers working professionals the option to choose the location that best meets their needs.

The Wharton EMBA program lasts 24 months. During this time, students have access to career coaching, workshops and resources through Wharton’s MBA Executive Career Advancement Team. Students also can take part in optional Global Modular Courses led by Wharton faculty across the globe.

Want to know if the Wharton EMBA program is the right fit for you? Take a look at the class of 2024 profile. On average, students have 12 years of work experience, and their employers often sponsor them.

Below, please find this year’s 2022-2023 application deadlines along with Personal MBA Coach’s advice on how to tackle the Wharton EMBA application essays along with details about our Executive MBA Packages.

Upcoming Wharton EMBA Application Deadlines:

Round 1: October 12, 2022

Round 2: January 18, 2023

Wharton EMBA Essays 2022-2023:

Wharton EMBA Essay 1: What are your career objectives and how will the Wharton MBA Program for Executives contribute to your attainment of this objective? (500 words maximum)

Personal MBA Coach’s Tips: For this first question, we recommend a straightforward response. State your goals clearly and provide some brief perspective on how you arrived at these aspirations. In most cases, candidates should include both a short-term and a long-term goal.

This question does not require you to walk through your entire resume. Instead, focus on your past just enough to establish your key skills as well as how and why you will succeed in the future.

Be specific about how Wharton will help you close your skill gaps and what opportunities you plan to take advantage of on campus. Avoid vague statements and do your research to determine what Wharton specifically will offer you. While you should not include a laundry list, think about classes you are particularly interested in or perhaps professors you are looking to study with. Be sure to show your understanding of Wharton’s culture here as well.

Wharton EMBA Essay 2a: Provide an example of how you created or advocated for a work environment where differences are valued, encouraged, and supported. What did you do? What was the outcome? (500 words maximum)

Personal MBA Coach’s Tips: Option A for the second Wharton EMBA essay question once again emphasizes the value that Wharton places on DEI.

Since the question mentions a work environment, most candidates will choose a professional example for this essay.

Personal MBA Coach encourages you to briefly discuss what prompted you to pursue these actions. This is your chance to let the reader see why DEI is important to you personally. Next, you want to get into the specifics. Discuss the steps you took, how others responded and the ultimate value you added!

While it is not necessary to discuss Wharton in this essay, closing with one or two sentences about how you can apply this experience to Wharton and beyond certainly will not hurt you.

Wharton EMBA Essay 2b: Describe an experience when you were part of an event/meeting/workplace that involved diverse perspectives. Include your contribution and what you learned.

Please take a moment to learn how the University of Pennsylvania endeavors to make everyone feel welcome:  Diversity at Wharton (500 words maximum)

Personal MBA Coach’s Tips: Personal MBA Coach suggests that those who have a strong response for option A should select that question. However, option B is a great choice for applicants who do not have a standout example for option A.

Again, you should briefly set the scene before getting into the particular experience that you have selected. As actions always speak louder than words, you should clearly discuss the specific contributions you made to promote diversity and inclusion.

Essay 3 (Optional): If necessary, you may use this optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware. (300 words maximum)

The third optional essay question should be answered only by those with extenuating circumstances. Read more on our approach to optional essays here.

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