University of Pennsylvania - Wharton

Essay Questions for 2020-2021 / Class of 2023


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


MBA Application Deadline Final Decision 

Round 1 September 15, 2020 December 16, 2020
Round 2 January 5, 2021 March 25, 2021
Round 3 March 31, 2021 May 11, 2021

Required Essay Questions:

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

Essay 2: Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Required Essay for all Reapplicants: Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

Optional Essay: Please use this space to share any additional information about yourself that cannot be found elsewhere in your application and that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee. This space can also be used to address any extenuating circumstances (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider.

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.