2023-2024 Wharton MBA Application Deadlines

An overview of The Wharton School's recently announced deadlines, application requirements, and decision deadlines for the 2023-2024 MBA application cycle.

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Mark your calendars because the Wharton MBA application deadlines for the 2023-2024 academic year have been stamped, sealed, and delivered! Below is a quick overview of the new dates as well as the broader application, so that you can be prepared to put your best foot forward this upcoming cycle.

2023-2024 Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 6, 2023

  • Interview Notifications: October 24, 2023
  • Decision Notifications: December 14, 2023

Round 2: January 4, 2024

  • Interview Notifications: February 16, 2024
  • Decision Notifications: March 26, 2024

Round 3: April 2, 2024

  • Interview Notifications: April 19, 2024
  • Decision Notifications: May 13, 2024

Deferred Admissions Round: April 24, 2024

  • Interview Notifications: May 28, 2024
  • Decision Notifications: June 27, 2024

* Note that ALL rounds require a fully completed application to be submitted by 5:00pm EST. In case you submit your application past the deadline for Rounds 1 or 2, it will be automatically included in the subsequent round. Importantly, however, if you submit your application after the Round 3 deadline, it will not be considered.

What Application Round Should You Apply To?

The following list is taken directly from Wharton and provides a breakdown of the suggested timetable for applying to Wharton, depending on whether you are a reapplicant or targeting a particular program. If you are outside of these groups (i.e., a first-time applicant), keep in mind that it is generally best to apply in Round 1 or 2 to maximize your chances of admission. Spaces are usually more limited and competitive by Round 3.

  • Reapplicants: We strongly encourage you to apply during Round 1 or 2.
  • International Students: If you need to apply for a student visa to study in the United States, we recommend that you apply in Round 1 or 2.
  • MBA/MA-Lauder Program: We accept applications in all 3 rounds. Space in the class becomes more limited for Round 3 applicants and is intended for Programs of Concentration that are not yet full.
  • Carey JD/MBA Program: We accept applications in Rounds 1 and 2 only.
  • Dual-Degree Programs: We accept applications in all Rounds. Unless otherwise indicated, you may apply to both programs simultaneously.
  • Submatriculation applicants: You should apply in Round 3 so that a more complete academic record is available.

Still not sure which round is right for you? Read An Overview of the MBA Admissions Rounds: When to Apply To Business School.

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Wharton Application Overview (2023-2024)

In order to apply to Wharton, you will need to submit the following materials.

  • Background Information
    • Contact information (e.g., mailing address and phone number)
    • Date of birth
    • Academic degrees earned
    • Professional experience
    • Family information
    • Prior Conviction Information
  • Two Essays
    • 2 required essays (3 for reapplicants), 1 optional essay
    • Prompts:
      • How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (500 words)
      • 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. (500 words)
    • Read: A Guide to the Wharton MBA Essays
  • Transcripts (unofficial or official)
    • Upload unofficial transcripts OR self-report grades within the application
    • Note that official transcripts must ultimately be submitted in order to enroll in the program
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Wharton’s letter of recommendation requirements are broken down into two sections:
      • 1. A selection of positive personality characteristics. Recommenders will be asked to choose two characteristics from a list of ten that best describe the candidate they are recommending.
      • 2. Two free-form questions:
        • Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success in the Wharton MBA classroom. (Word count: 300)
        • Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success throughout their career. (Word count: 300)
    • Read: How to Get the Perfect MBA Recommendation Letter
  • GMAT or GRE Score
    • Your GMAT and/or GRE test date must fall on or between
      • Round 1: September 6, 2018 – September 6, 2023
      • Round 2: January 4, 2019 – January 4, 2024
      • Round 3: April 2, 2019 – April 2, 2024
      • Deferred Admissions Round: April 24, 2019 – April 24, 2024
  • English Language Test Score
    • Results from one of the following tests are required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Resume
  • Application Fee
    • $275 (Fee waivers are extended for eligible applicants)

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