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University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School Executive MBA

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, Wharton is recognized globally for intellectual leadership across every major discipline of business education with one of the world’s most published business school faculties. Wharton knowledge combined with the passionate, entrepreneurial energies of our students and alumni makes for a dynamic community: 5000 undergraduate, MBA, Exec MBA, and doctoral students; 9,000+ annual exec education participants; and a powerful alumni network of 91,000 graduates. Wharton creates ongoing economic and social value around the world – Knowledge for Action.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 93
Tuition (Total) $176,250

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University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School Says

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, Wharton is recognized globally for intellectual leadership across every major discipline of business education with one of the world’s most published business school faculties. Wharton knowledge combined with the passionate, entrepreneurial energies of our students and alumni makes for a dynamic community: 5000 undergraduate, MBA, Exec MBA, and doctoral students; 9,000+ annual exec education participants; and a powerful alumni network of 91,000 graduates. Wharton creates ongoing economic and social value around the world – Knowledge for Action.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: San Francisco MBA for Executives.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#4 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#4 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#4 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers
#6 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#9 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers
#10 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#4 Most Competitive Students
#5 Toughest To Get Into
#7 Best Career Prospects
#7 Best Classroom Experience

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Average Incoming GMAT: 720
  • In State Application Fee: $265

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Wharton is among the most selective MBA programs in the country. On average, the school receives between seven and 10 applications for each available slot. The school's website notes that "approximately 75 to 80 percent of all applicants are qualified for admission." Applicants are evaluated holistically by at least three members of the Admissions ...Wharton is among the most selective MBA programs in the country. On average, the school receives between seven and 10 applications for each available slot. The school's website notes that "approximately 75 to 80 percent of all applicants are qualified for admission." Applicants are evaluated holistically by at least three members of the Admissions Committee. All prior academic experience, including graduate work and certifications, is considered. GMAT scores also figure into the decision. Quality of professional experiences, career choices, and stated goals for entering the program are all carefully reviewed. Committee members also look for evidence of leadership, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and good citizenship. International students must demonstrate competency in English through essays and interviews. Wharton offers three rounds of an admission each year; the first two rounds are equal with regard to a candidate's admissibility. The third round offers admission on a space-available basis and is generally more competitive.

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Important Dates

Round 1
February

10

Deadline
May

18

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,691
Total Full-Time Faculty 290
Full-Time Faculty 76%

Student Life

Life at Wharton offers “an amazing number of choices in terms of classes, activities, clubs, etc.” It’s an atmosphere students tell us is filled with a constant stream of unique opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. One student cites these personal examples: “At Wharton I have done a four-week study trip to greater China; a consulting project to an Israeli company that wanted to enter the U.S. market; a marketing consulting project for AOL for the mobile location-based services product; a leadership venture to Ecuador next spring to learn about teamwork through a mountain climbing expedition; dozens of fantastic speakers; and finally, some great parties.” MBAs appreciate that their “partners are involved in almost all campus-related activities here.” One reports, “My wife and one-year-old daughter enjoy going to activities every Wednesday and Friday with the Wharton Kids Club. This has proved to be very helpful in providing an environment where my wife can make lots of friends in a new city, and my daughter can play with other kids her own age.” Hometown Philadelphia “is underrated but still needs work.” One Bay Area native notes, “I was worried about Philadelphia after living in San Francisco, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the depth of culture, fun, and good food.” Wharton’s new facil­ity, Huntsman Hall, is “top-of-the-line” but MBAs gripe that “sharing the building with undergraduates leads to scarce group study rooms. Most students do not use the library because it is overrun with undergrads.” Still, Wharton does most things right. You real­ize this when you ask students what most needs improving here and all they can think to mention is “full-size lockers for each student.”

Career

Wharton is a brand that pretty much sells itself, so it’s no surprise that the school’s career services are highly regarded and widely appreciated by students. Each year brings the following career placement services to the campus: over 200 employer information ses­sions; almost 300 recruiting companies; and, more than 5,000 job-board postings. Wharton’s Career Management Services Office also offers resume review and distribu­tion, mock interviews, internship placement, one-on-one counseling, and over 25 career treks both in and outside the U.S. No wonder students praise the “fantastic career oppor­tunities and resources.” About 55 percent of Wharton MBAs take jobs in the finance sector; 28 percent wind up in consulting; and seven percent find jobs in the marketing arena.

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Students Say

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, one of the premier MBA programs in the world, is best known for its “strong finance reputation,” but the curriculum’s “strong emphasis on quantitative analysis” extends “across many disciplines, not just finance but marketing, entrepreneurship, operations, international business, real estate, etc.” as well. All areas present a “holistic program with a mix of case studies, traditional lecture for­mats, experiential learning opportunities, and strong co-curricular programs.”Students brag that Wharton “provides all the resources necessary for us to succeed, and then some,” reporting that “the difficult part here is deciding between which resources— lectures, seminars, simulations, clubs, special events—one can fit into one’s schedule.” Writes one student, “The breadth and depth of the academic curriculum and the extracurricular activities is so huge that I would need at least six MBA years to experi­ence 20 percent of it all.” A heavy workload, described as “difficult for everyone but the most brilliant to manage,” makes those choices even tougher. But what impresses stu­dents most here is the degree to which students themselves contribute to the learning experience. Wharton uses a “co-production model of learning” that “requires engage­ment from all participants in the Wharton community.” One MBA observes, “Students sometimes add more value than assigned readings. Students make Wharton. ‘Student­run’ is an understatement.” Another agrees, “The ‘co-production model’ is not just a buzz word; it really exists here.” Under the Wharton pedagogic system, “Classes build on each other. Professors are known to coordinate timing of discussing certain topics to ensure that the student has mastered the concept in another class.” Much work here is done in teams. To promote cooperation and reduce competitiveness, Wharton policy currently forbids grade disclo­sure to recruiters. Students report that the policy “fosters an environment of helping at the school.” Nondisclosure apparently has little impact on students’ motivation to work. One notes, “The school has high expectations for each admit, and the overall perform­ance of the students rises to that expectation.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center; SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management; Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center; Weiss Center for International Financial Research; Small Business Development Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    37% of our student body is international and we have an international student orientation during pre-term. We also Global Careers Advisor in MBA Career Management who focuses on helping students interested in working outside the U.S. We have a large conference, Wharton Global Forum, which is several international conferences mounted by students under this umbrella, http://www.whartonglobalforum.com/africa/index.asp, India Economic Forum, http://www.whartonglobalforum.com/asia/index.asp, We also have the Greater China Club, Carribiz, India Club, Europa Club, WHALASA-South America, Assoc of African Students, Arabia Club, Israeli Student Club, Austrailia/New Zealand Club, Canada Club, Japan Club, Southeast Asia Club.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Out for Business (commonly called "Out4Biz") is Wharton's gay, lesbian, and bisexual professional and social club providing a network for students, faculty, and staff. We strive to continue to build an open and accepting environment for all Wharton students, and count several straight allies among our members. Out4Biz provides an opportunity to network with other gay, lesbian, and bisexual professionals and share our professional interests and goals while connecting with companies across the globe. We interact with other business schools, Wharton alumni, and the communities of Penn and Philadelphia to impact our community beyond Wharton. Out4Biz recognizes that people are at different stages of coming out, and participating in our group does not mean you have to be out.

    Club Activities RECRUITING DINNERS Out4Biz coordinates recruiter-sponsored dinners throughout the fall that allow companies to make their pitch to current students and to talk about diversity initiatives where they work.

    SOCIAL EVENTS Out4Biz organizes social events for its membership throughout the year, including a holiday party, a graduation sendoff, welcome weekend parties for prospective students and casual weekend activities.

    RAINBOW PARTY Out4Biz sponsors this annual celebration of National Coming Out Day in what is the first major Wharton calendar party of the year.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE Out4Biz membership actively support a wide array of community initiatives including the annual AIDS Walk and the Human Rights Campaign. At the annual HRC dinner, Wharton provides the majority of volunteers.

    SPEAKER RECRUITMENT Out4Biz works with other WGA clubs and Wharton organizations to attract gay and lesbian speakers to campus that are leaders in their fields.

    MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Alumni Mentorship Program – O4B recently launched a mentorship program matching current MBA students with gay or lesbian Wharton graduates with similar interests.

    Resume Review & Case Interview Preparation – O4B coordinates sessions to help 1st years write their resumes and prepare for case interviews. The resume review also allowed 1st years the chance to talk with 2nd years about being “out” on their resumes.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.whartonaambaa.com/v2/; http://www.whambaa.com/; http://www.whartonldssa.com/ In addition we have a Muslim Student Club, a Catholic student club, Jewish Student Club, Latter Day Saints, Christian Fellowship.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Faculty members and course teaching assistants are available for course-related assistance during their office hours. Many students also get a great deal of help in learning specific subjects from fellow classmates or doctoral students who have more background in these areas. Should you need more individualized assistance with a specific subject, the MBA Program Office offers a web-based service, [email protected], to match students with peer tutors. This service is available through the MBA Program Office website.

  • Research Facilities:

    Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center; SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management; Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center; Weiss Center for International Financial Research; Small Business Development Center

  • Study Abroad:

    15 countries: AUSTRALIA - Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales; BRAZIL - Instituto de Pos-Graduacao e Pesquisa em Administracao; CHINA - Guanghua School of Management and Chinese European International Business School (CEIBS); FRANCE - INSEAD and Institut Superieur des Affaires (ISA); INDIA - Indian School of Business; ISRAEL - Arison School of Business; ITALY - Institute of Business Administration, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi; JAPAN - Keio University's Graduate School of Business Administration; THE NETHERLANDS - Rotterdam School of Management; THE PHILIPPINES - Asian Institute of Management; SPAIN - Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa Barcelona (IESE); SINGAPORE - INSEAD; SWEDEN - Stockholm School of Economics; THAILAND - Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration; UK - London Business School

  • Women Support Groups:

    Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) is a professional organization that strives to increase career, mentoring and networking opportunities for all women at Wharton by serving as a platform for professional advancement and collaboration. The organization initiates efforts in admissions, alumni outreach, professional and personal development, recruiting and community service. In addition to a full calendar of events, WWIB hosts an annual conference. All Wharton women are automatically WWIB members (there are no dues).

    Club Mission To promote women's continued success as leaders in business and beyond.

    Club Activities 1. Wharton Women in Business Conference: The conference is an event to promote the collaboration and mentoring of women in business and provide an opportunity for Wharton Women to network with successful women from a broad spectrum of industries.

    1. Career Development: Provide resources to enhance career development and exploration among first and second year women. Some initiatives include the buddy program and the coffee chat program, both of which encourage mentoring interactions between first years and second years in an informal setting. Some more formal initiatives include resume reviews, mock interviews, industry and company-specific lunches and events, speaker series, and workshops on relevant topics.

    2. Social Events: Encourage the building of relationships through club-sponsored activities, such as social and cultural events, including patronage of the arts, international dinners, and sports events.

    3. Alumnae Outreach: A primary focus this year will be to develop relationships with Wharton alumnae to both advance the goals of current Wharton women and provide a forum for Wharton alumnae to network with each other. Alumnae events will include regional and on-campus activities for current and former Wharton women, as well as career-related initiatives.

    4. Outreach to Prospective Student: Reach out to prospective students through direct email correspondence, Welcome Weekend brunches, and regional Winter Break coffee chats.

    5. Community Service: Host fundraisers and year-long service projects to benefit non-profits focusing on women.

    6. External Relations: Build relationships with undergraduate and graduate womenÂ’s groups as well as professional and special interest womenÂ’s groups in the greater Philadelphia area.

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Financial Services 41% $121,000
Finance / Accounting 40% $121,087
Consulting 31% $127,811
Consulting 27% $129,470
Other 13% $116,683
Marketing / Sales 9% $106,468
General Management 6% $109,086
Operations / Logistics 1% $114,167
Other 1% $151,429

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 80%
Three Month Employment 92%
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