The Wharton School Expands MBA Early Admission Program

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Students outside the University of Pennsylvania eligible for Wharton’s MBA Advance Access Program, deadline to apply is April 1, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, September 24, 2019 – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania today announced that it is expanding its MBA deferred admissions program to students outside the University of Pennsylvania. Designed for promising undergraduate students, the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program enables students to secure an early place in a future Wharton MBA class. Accepted students will work for two to four years after graduation before entering into the full-time Wharton MBA program.

The Wharton MBA Advance Access Program provides an alternative pathway to a Wharton MBA for students whose academic and career interests go beyond the traditional notions of business education. Students are encouraged to follow their passions during their deferment period and seek quality, substantive work experience in a wide range of industries. Undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of studies are eligible to apply to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program.

“We are looking for the most talented students across the globe who are innovative, intellectually curious and ready to impact the world during their deferment period,” said Wharton MBA Admissions Director Blair Mannix. “Advance Access students are encouraged to take professional risks such as starting their own company, working for a nonprofit or pursuing global externships while working in traditional business industries. This broad range of experiences will bring valuable perspectives to our future MBA classes and prepare our students to become global leaders in today’s ever-changing business environment.”

During their deferment period, admitted students will be invited to join online communities, receive dedicated communications from Wharton and network with their peers, students, faculty and alumni at Wharton conferences and events.

To apply, students must submit their academic transcripts, resume, GRE/GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, two essays and a reduced application fee of $100. Team-based interviews are required and will be scheduled by invitation only following an initial evaluation of a complete application.

The program adds to the School’s existing Moelis Advance Access Program for University of Pennsylvania undergraduates and MBA sub-matriculation program for Wharton undergraduates.

“Having the security of admission to the Wharton MBA program right out of my undergraduate studies, I am more comfortable and more willing to take professional risks – especially those having to do with social entrepreneurship,” said Moelis Fellow Halle Aberhm. “I was excited beyond belief to potentially gain access to an MBA program like Wharton’s two years prior to my start. Wharton is a program with endless opportunities that will enrich my career.”

Students interested in applying to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program should apply by the Round 3 deadline of April 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions by May 8, 2020.

Prospective applicants are invited to attend a virtual information session on October 15 at 2 p.m. EDT to learn more about the unique benefits of the Wharton MBA program and application process. Register at:

Interested applicants are also invited to attend the Undergraduate Campus Visit Day on October 21 at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus. Registration is available at:

For more information about the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program, visit

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduateMBAexecutive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year 18,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 99,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit