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Wharton Business School Profile

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whartonWith a legacy of business education stretching back more than 130 years, The Wharton School has created an MBA program designed to give students all the tools they need to be successful leaders and to make a difference in the world.

Wharton Business School

Teamwork and leadership are at the heart of the Wharton MBA program.

The mandatory pre-term immersion program is Wharton’s unique approach to helping students come together and learn from one another.

All students are assigned to a six- to seven-person Learning Team.

Together, students spend three weeks completing coursework, attending Learning Team retreats, and developing a plan for their MBA curriculum.

Learning Teams will also attend required courses together during the first part of the MBA program.

When it comes to directing their own education, students are encouraged to forge their own path.

That might mean choosing a dual degree (as 30% of Wharton students do), or creating an individualized major focusing on a subject the student is passionate about, or just taking advantage of the more than 200 electives offered for MBA students.

The Wharton School offers many global immersion and exchange opportunities, and requires all students to take a global management course.

However, they do not have the requirement to participate in international work or study programs that many other top-ranked business schools do.

Nonetheless, the alumni network for Wharton business school is comprised of more than 90,000 graduates in 150 countries, combined with an international student population that ensures all students learn to work closely with a diverse group of talented individuals.

Curriculum Overview

Wharton’s MBA program offers an intense, fast-paced program of study.

Students are encouraged to take the reins of their own education, with 18 majors to choose from and an individualized major option chosen by nearly 5% of the class.

Courses emphasize intellectual rigor and fact-based analysis, with the goal of helping students develop leadership skills and learn to manage uncertainty.

Important Dates & Application Deadlines

Applications for the MBA program at Wharton business school are accepted in three rounds, typically in October, January, and March.

First-time applicants and international students are strongly encouraged to apply in Round 1 or Round 2.

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Tuition Cost

Tuition for the Wharton  MBA program is $68,210 as of the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Additional costs, including health insurance, room and board, and books and supplies can bring the total up to $97,542 per year.

Employment Info

From the class of 2014, 75% of Wharton MBA Program graduates were actively seeking employment, and 98% of employment-seeking graduates received an offer.

Median base salary for graduates was $125,000, and 65% of graduates received a signing bonus which averaged $25,000 for recipients.

School Address & Contact Info:

Wharton MBA Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Pennsylvania
Vance Hall, Suite 111
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA19104

Date Founded

The Wharton School was founded in 1881 as The Wharton School of Finance and Economy, and was the first business school founded at a university.

Admissions Director

 Frank DeVecchis, Director of MBA Admissions

Class Profile (Class of 2016)

The Wharton business school enrolled 859 students out of a pool of 6,111 applicants.

Here are some statistics about this class:

40% female, 60% male
31% international students, representing 71 different countries
30% U.S. minorities
47% of Wharton MBA students had an undergraduate degree in the humanities, social sciences, or economics fields
27% had an undergraduate business degree
23% had an undergraduate degree in a STEM field

Average GMAT score: 728

Links to school websites:

Wharton Business School
Wharton MBA Admissions
Wharton MBA Admissions Webinars

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