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University of Pennsylvania - Wharton

Essay Questions for 2017-2018 / Class of 2020


Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for The Wharton School of Business MBA Program. 

Round 1 Deadline: September 19, 2017
Round 2 Deadline: January 3, 2018
Round 3 Deadline: March 27, 2018

Required Essay Questions:

Essay 1 (Required): What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2 (Required): Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our collaborative culture. How will you contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

By asking these two questions, effectively breaking apart and expanding on last year’s essay question, our hope is to give applicants ample space to more fully explain their aspirations, goals, and how Wharton fits into those.  We want to be able to view applicants from both sides of their world – one where they are professionals developing skills and seeking career advancement, but also the personal growth side where they are seeking out enriching experiences to become better, stronger, wiser, and a more robust person.

Take these two questions as an important opportunity to express who you are and what and who you want to be.  It is important for us to know the real you and be able to envision you as part of the Wharton community. 

Optional Essay Question:

Additional information to explain gaps in employment etc. (250 words)

Draw on your past and present educational and work experiences, especially those that involved cultures different than your own. What did you learn from those experiences? How do you see yourself benefiting from, and contributing to, the Lauder program? (800 words)

Visit the Wharton admissions website for more application information.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.   Photo by Jack Duval.