Wharton MBA Program Overview

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Established in 1881, The Wharton School has played a large role in pioneering the future of business and education. Though the school continues to adapt and advance with the ever-changing modern world, Wharton has upheld its mission of cultivating leaders to spark great ideas and meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

Wharton is best known for its emphasis on analytics and experiential learning. The MBA program offers a mix of case-based and lecture learning, and has strengths across many fields and majors.

The average salary and bonus for the Wharton full-time class of 2021 was $178,692, and 96.8% of students received job offers within three months of graduation.

What Sets Wharton Apart

 

  • Core Value of Analytics: Wharton stresses that analytics are the backbone of businesses and organizations. Through innovative teaching, research, and industry engagement initiatives, the school highlights the importance of using data to improve decision making and create lasting impact.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The school’s Venture Lab is a powerful resource for those interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Here, students and alumni can choose which pathway is best for them (Founder, Joiner, Investor, Navigator, or Explorer) and access the tools to carry out their visions. 
  • Finance Focus: Wharton is often referred to as “The Finance School,” due to its dominance in finance education. Wharton’s Finance Department offers top-tier courses, publishes trailblazing research, and holds conferences/seminars across the globe. As a result, the school’s faculty, students, and alumni are constantly taking on global financial challenges and opportunities.
  • Leadership and Global Engagement: Through over 30 leadership opportunities, Wharton provides countless avenues for students to hone their leadership skills. These opportunities transcend borders, as the school offers programs on all 7 continents.

2023 Wharton MBA Class Profile

The Wharton class of 2023 is made up of 897 students and had a 18.2% acceptance rate.

Those accepted to Wharton’s class of 2023 represent 83 different countries. 36% of these students are international, 52% identify as female, and 7% identify as LGBTQ+. Wharton believes that students are what make its community a dynamic learning environment. That said, the school selects applicants from various backgrounds who will bring unique perspectives to the classroom.

While the average work experience for Wharton students is 5 years, the school does not require a minimum or maximum years of experience to apply for an MBA. In fact, the class of 2023 had work experience spanning from 1 to 14 years. These students came from a variety of fields, some of the top industries being consulting, financial services, and PE/VC. 

Like work experience, there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement to apply to the Wharton MBA program. The school also asserts that they have no preference for one test or the other. To give you a better idea of what test scores Wharton accepts, the average/median scores for the class of 2023 are as follows:

Average GMAT:
  • 733
Average GRE:
  • 162 Verbal 
  • 162 Quant 
Average GPA:
  • 3.6

Joint/Dual Degrees Offered

 

Wharton also offers joint and dual degrees for those interested in pursuing more than one academic discipline or area of expertise. These include:

  • MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies: This joint degree integrates Wharton’s MBA program with an MA in international studies from UPenn’s School of Arts & Sciences. The program is designed for students with a passion for international business. The 24-month program begins in May and students travel to a region which aligns with their studies during June and July. 
  • Carey JD/MBA Program: This dual degree program combines Wharton’s MBA program with UPenn’s law school. Students will earn both JD and MBA degrees in three years rather than the five it would usually take to earn each separately.
  • MBA in Heath Care Management: Wharton’s MBA in Health Care Management is one of the first and the leading program of its kind, focusing on health economics and management.

 

2022-2023 Wharton MBA Application Deadlines and Timeline

  • Application Deadline: September 7, 2022
  • Interview Invitations: October 25, 2022     
  • Decision: December 15, 2022
  •  Application Deadline: January 4, 2023
  • Interview Invitations: February 17, 2023     
  • Decision: March 23, 2023

 

  • Application Deadline: March 29, 2023
  • Interview Invitations: April 13, 2023
  • Decision: May 10, 2023

Wharton Client Testimonials

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Class of 2024
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Class of 2024
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Personal MBA Coach’s Tips For Getting Into Wharton

 

If you think the Wharton School MBA Program may be a good fit for you and are ready to apply, take a look at Personal MBA Coach’s Wharton MBA Essay Advice And Application Deadlines: 2022-2023.

Keep in Mind:

While the school has 3 rounds, students are strongly advised not to wait until Round 3.

The Health Care Management major is very popular and provides yet another community within Wharton. Unlike other majors at Wharton, interested students must choose Health Care Management at the time of application to Wharton. The major integrates academic and professional development, helping students secure both summer and permanent positions.

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