Applying to Wharton

Application Requirements

Admission to the Wharton MBA Program requires the completion of our online application. A complete application includes the following components, each of which is explained in greater detail in the application.

Background Information

Background information includes: contact information (e.g., mailing address and phone number), date of birth, academic degrees earned, professional experience, and family information.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $265 is required for the MBA and MBA/MA-Lauder programs. For details on how to submit the fee, please visit our online application.


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.

Required Questions, Class of 2016:

1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

Additional Question for Reapplicants:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional 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). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Optional Section for All Applicants:

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application), please explain them here. (250 words)


Transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate level and beyond, whether or not for credit or a degree, are required. Grades or marks may be self-reported on our online transcript template; official documents required upon admission and matriculation.

Letters of Recommendation

The Admissions Committee requires two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors.


All applicants must submit results of a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that are no more than five years old. For the Fall 2014 entering class, tests taken between October 31, 2008, and March 27, 2014, will be accepted. Scores may be self-reported; however, should you receive an offer of admission, official scores will then be requested for verification. 


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English. The test may be waived by candidates who earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction.


Interviews are by invitation only, following a thorough review of the completed application. Instructions are provided at the time of invitation.

Additional Requirements for MBA/MA–Lauder Program

MBA/MA–Lauder applicants must complete a 20-minute Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by telephone to assess language skills. For more information about the OPI and to schedule an interview, please visit the Lauder website.


Please upload a one-page resume in Microsoft Word. We are interested in your functional job skills, breadth and depth of experience, demonstrated leadership and management skills, as well as your potential for growth. We are more concerned with what you have learned in your positions than in your length of time in the workplace.


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