Wharton Business School – University of Pennsylvania

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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton was established in 1881 and has campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The school offers a full-time MBA program which is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world, as well as EMBA, several joint programs (MBA/MA, JD/MBA, MBA/MPA) and doctoral programs.

Full-time and in-person MBA program

2 years

  • Tuition and Fees (Includes $2000 Pre-Term Fee) = $84,874
  • Room and Board = $22,887
  • Books, Supplies, Misc. = $6,778
  • Health Insurance = *$4,029
  • Total – $118,568

Wharton provides a broad range of fellowship opportunities for many exceptional students, thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporate and foundation donors, and the Wharton School.

All admitted students are considered for Wharton Fellowship support based on the application for admission. Criteria for fellowship selection includes unique personal qualities and background, academic achievement, exceptional professional development, and community involvement.

For more information and a select list of special fellowships offered at Wharton, please visit https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/tuition-financial-aid/

18 MBA concentrations

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

33% international students

Active Israel Club & Jewish Association of MBAs

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Wharton School Of The University Of Pennsylvania Chat
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Guest- Alon P
6/09 10:33PM
Hi, are there designated scholarships for Israelis?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:34PM
Hello! Welcome to the Wharton Chat. Marya here with all of your answers to questions, comments!
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Guest- Alon P
6/09 10:34PM
Hi Marya, are there designated scholarships for Israelis?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:35PM
Yes, there is the Wharton MBA Israeli Fund. For more info please visit our Financial Aid website
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Guest- Alon P
6/09 10:36PM
Thanks Marya.
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:36PM
The fund will be available starting with the class of 2023
You're very welcome!
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Guest- Lior
6/09 10:38PM
Hi Marya! How is it going now with job offers and summer internships? is it back to normal?
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:38PM
Hi Marya, give my regards to Blair Mannix - the director of mba admissions!
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Guest- Gal
6/09 10:39PM
Hi marya, Is there a partners club ? will my spouse have any assistance with finding a job?
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Guest- Ori
6/09 10:39PM
Marya hi, I saw you have a healthcare track? I dont have any healthcare experience but that is the direction I want my career to go to, can I apply to that with no healthcare experience?
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:40PM
Hi Marya - how is the dating culture at Wharton ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:40PM
Hi Lior. Our current students are indeed interning this year for summer. It may look a bit different than the years prior, as remote work is something that has been introduced.
Gal - Yes there in a partner's club for spouses. This is inclusive to anyone dating, engaged, or married. Please visit www.the-wga.com for more club info!
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:43PM
Hi Marya , is it that after a year , during an internship - if the internship extends to a year (a project ), can i continue my second post completion of 1 year internship at the organization (say Johnson & Johnson)*if internships were supposed to be a two - three month stint ( I assume) prior to beginning the second year of MBA programHow can wharton offer help in such situation ? though i am interested to complete the internship, will my degree show - 2023-2026 [MBA] ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:44PM
Ori - You are welcome to apply with no healthcare experience, however in order to be competitive during the evaluation process, we want to see some type of experience whether full-time or part-time. This will only help increase your chances of being accepted. On average we see 5 years work experience, but have no minimum in order to applt
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Guest- Gal
6/09 10:45PM
thanks
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Guest- Shai
6/09 10:46PM
any dual degree options
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:48PM
Hi Marya - if i am interested in a medical project with the wharton hospital , can i work with them on the side ( should some persmission be taken ?) Incase I would like to visit the medical library of Upenn ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:49PM
internship - Mostly all internships being offered by employers for our students, are 8-12weeks long and would not extend past that timeframe. If that was the case, there a few steps to take to complete the commitment. We want to make sure our students graduate in the 2 year time frame, but will work with you all to make sure you complete the internship.
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:49PM
interesting
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Guest- Gur
6/09 10:49PM
How should international students who are impacted by visa restrictions position themselves to be competitive with other applicants? Do domestic students have an advantage when applying to your program?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:50PM
Medical project - Yes! You can work with them. Many students seek out research or take on additional courses offered outside the Wharton scope. Permissions would occur should this interfere with your studies and being present for classes {this would be discussed with your professors and academic advisors}
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Guest- Omer
6/09 10:52PM
hi, can I apply to Lauder and to the MBA in parallel ?thank yu
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:52PM
"Mostly all internships being offered by employers for our students, are 8-12weeks long" : if apple boston comes for internship, and i get an internship with Mckinsey ,but want apple, can i apply to apple new york and if aspects work out, decline with humbless mckinsey offer ? ( where does wharton play a role here - would it ensure only one internship offer be taken by a candidate and only through campus recruitment , a company cannot be contacted - any such restricitions ?)
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:52PM
Most students don't work at all, however it is possible to do some work part-time depending on the demand
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Guest- Omer
6/09 10:53PM
and, does Lauder program have more scholarships than the regular MBA? will I be eligible to the Israeli scholarship?
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:54PM
Is there a church/chapel on campus ?
shout out to marya for keeping up the momentum of the interaction!
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:55PM
Visa - The only requirements for international students or anyone who's native language is not English, nor has graduated from an English-speaking institution would be required to take the TOEFL. All students are evaluated against the same metrics outlined within the application. We are an international institution so not much changes student to student
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Guest- Guest
6/09 10:56PM
If one has graduated from an english speaking institute - TOEFL is exempted ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 10:57PM
Lauder - Yes you should apply to Lauder in R1 or R2 concurrently with Wharton in order to be considered for the dual degree program. You are only able to get into Lauder if you have received the MBA offer as well.
Apple McKinsey - you can recruit for as many companies that your heart desires, but please note it is an extremely rigorous process in general. You are welcome to make decisions as they suit you and your schedule. You are welcome to do with your time and calendar as you wish. You can contact companies that have reached out to you. No restrictions there from our end
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:02PM
acknowledged Marya
"extremely rigorous process in general. " : is it that on the bassis of first year performance , and the tests companies ask to give , first level of filteration takes place ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:03PM
Church - There are religious clubs and affiliates please visit www.the-wga.com. Philly is a magical place with many churches and cathedrals. I am certain there may be a Chaplin on campus, but this may be a question better suited for the israeli club and memeber or JAMBA which is our Jewish club on campus
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:04PM
do companies also filter highlighting : only having experience in consulting / IT ; or its open ended strategy roles that internship opportunities come by in partnership with wharton ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:04PM
TOEFL Exempt - Yes! You would mark the box as exempt
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Guest- Shachar
6/09 11:06PM
I have around 10 years of experience. Is that too much for full time MBA?
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Guest- Perry
6/09 11:08PM
Hi Wharton, thanks so much for all the wonderful advise here. Just scrolled and read it all. Wharton wasn't on my radar at all until this chat
as I will be relocating with my family, I wanted to ask about geography - do alumni work on the east coast? or do they move around? I want to stay in the same place...
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:09PM
Extreme rigor - I believe that many factors come in to play here, but it depends on the candidate applying for jobs. I think our recruits look for many different traits and skills in addition to the prior experience. They scan through resumes to be sure they are choosing the perfect fit. Sometimes its a classmate. So, many factors here - just depends how you perform - before- during and after
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:10PM
okay
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:11PM
10 years - On average we see 5 years work experience, however we do not have a minimum or maximum. You are welcome to apply to the program!
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Guest- Eyal
6/09 11:12PM
I heard that if I don’t come from Mckinsey my chances of getting into your MBA are less good. is that correct?
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:12PM
Perry seems to have witnessed a lot of geography, itll be good interaction - if we are classmates
, cheers!
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:13PM
Hi Perry - Great news! As far as the alumni, we see that some may stay on the east coast, many will move as you are recruiting all over the map so those jobs follow (domestic and internationally).
McKinsey - False
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:14PM
Mckinsey is a big bubble Eyal
mystery, rest is history
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:15PM
McKinsey - There are many applicants that have received offers coming from McKinsey. We don't favor one company over another... nor do we favor one institution over another. We care about your leadership skills, what you are doing with your time, and how you have been recognized professionally within those companies
promotions, bouses etc.
McKinsey - Mannnnny factors outside of work exp. come into play. Work exp. is only one component of the application. You all are so much more than who you work for. Keep that in mind!
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Guest- Shachar
6/09 11:17PM
How can I connect with current students/alumni?
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Guest- Eyal
6/09 11:17PM
ok, good to know
Our 55 current 2nd year students are happy to answer questions you may have regarding life and culture at Wharton
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:19PM
Marya - incase i would like to work with some projects that the admissions team works on , or put in other words, if there is some project i get to know you are working on - can i offer my candidature of interest ?
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:19PM
Please read about their backgrounds and find someone whose background aligns with yours and reachout!
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:20PM
how is the class head selected ? is it an open pitch to be given infront of class mates and a show of hands decides the class representative (head) ?
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Guest- Guy
6/09 11:21PM
Hi Wharton - I am a programmer with 3 years of experience in the industry. I want to make a shift to product management but I dont want a tech MBA - looking for a strong financial MBA. I would love to go to Wharton, but most of the students I saw on linkedin are from big 4, or consulting, or finance... is this true?
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:21PM
Admissions project - Hi, yes! We call them Admissions Fellows. These 2nd year students handle questions from prospective applicants, conduct the interviews 1on1 process and TBD's! This is an application only position.
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:21PM
interesting , thanks marya
Student rep/head - This is a great question for those AF's. The students are extremely independent. This is something that can be discussed, as I believe there are different initiatives and processes that take place in the choosing.
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Guest- Zohar
6/09 11:24PM
hi, Can my husband work while my MBA?
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:25PM
can one work with the placements cell ; is there a team of individuals working with executives at wharton , does the student council team also have a say to the placements head ?
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Guest- Jonny
6/09 11:28PM
thank you for all of this. can I send an email with some questions?
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:29PM
Programmer - Pivoting into a new position doesn't mean you have to look exactly like those LinkedIn candidates. There are many trails that lead to one place. We will determine through your application from many different components how you measure up in terms of being a great fit. The big 4/traditional students still have to meet/exceed the outlined criteria and requirements to be selected. A job within a well-known comp or firm, doesn't do that alone. We seek out other info such as test scores, transcripts, rec letters etc.
MBAFair Admin
6/09 11:31PM
chat is closing shortly - thank you Wharton!!!
Marya Riggs
6/09 11:31PM
I am signing off here, but please feel free to let me know if you have any questions by emailing the [email protected]
You can reach me also at [email protected]
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Guest- Guest
6/09 11:32PM
thanks marya ; you were great!