Harvard MBA Business School

Wharton MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

While there are approximately 15 top-tier business schools, there are three so-called "super-elite" MBA programs: Harvard, Stanford and Wharton (often abbreviated "HSW"). These are the three schools that applicants most want to get into. None of the three super-elites offers a part-time program, but Wharton offers what I consider the best and most prestigious Executive MBA program in the country at two locations: Philadelphia and San Francisco. If you're considering an executive program, Wharton should be at the top of your list. 


Essay Question (2020)

First-time applicants and re-applicants (those who applied to begin the program in the fall of 2017 or 2016) are required to complete both essays.

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.

Essay 1

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

Essay 2

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)

Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants):

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)*

*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)


Lauder Essay

Applicants to the Lauder program are required to complete one Lauder essay: Please write no more than 800 words explaining why you are applying to Lauder.

Drawing on your past and present educational and work experiences, especially those that involved cultures different than your own, discuss why you are applying to the Lauder program. Highlight your reasons for applying to your chosen Program of Concentration and how you see yourself benefiting from, and contributing to, the Lauder program overall.





Wharton MBA Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 730
2 GMAT Range — 100% 570 - 780
3 Percent Women 44%
4 Number of Applications 6,679
5 Students Enrolled 851
6 JD/MBA Class 17
7 Lauder Class 67
8 Work Experience — Median 5 Years
9 Work Experience — Range 0 - 13 Years


Wharton MBA Application Deadlines
Round Deadline* Interview Invitations Notification
1 September 19, 2017 October 31, 2017 December 14, 2017
2 January 3, 2018 February 8, 2018 March 29, 2018
3 March 27, 2018 April 12, 2018 May 10, 2018
*5:00 PM ET


MBA/MA—Lauder & JD/MBA Application Deadlines
Round Deadline* Notification
1 September 19, 2017 December 14, 2017
2 January 3, 2018 March 29, 2018
*5:00 PM ET