Wharton MBA 2016 Essays and Deadlines

Wharton MBA 2016 Essays and Deadlines

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. Wharton was established in 1881 and is the first business school in the United States.

The school offers two paths, an MBA for full-time students and an MBA for executives. Students can elect to pursue double majors or individualized majors. During their first year, all students pursue a required core curriculum that covers traditional management disciplines—finance, marketing, statistics, and strategy—as well as the leadership, ethics, and communication skills needed at senior levels of management. Students pick electives in the second year.

The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.

First-time applicants and reapplicants are required to complete the same set of essay questions.


1. What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. Optional Essay: Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Reapplicant Essay:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete this essay. 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). (250 words)

All applicants, including reapplicants can also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Wharton 2016 Application Deadlines:

Round 1 Application Deadline: September 29, 2015

Round 1 Decision Notification: December 17, 2015

Round 2 Application Deadline: January 5, 2016

Round 2 Decision Notification: March 29, 2016

Round 3 Application Deadline: March 30, 2016

Round 3 Decision Notification: May 3, 2016