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Wharton’s MBA Deferred Admission Program Expands Outside UPenn

Promising undergraduate students outside of the University of Pennsylvania will now have a chance to participate in The Wharton School’s MBA deferred admissions program. This adds to the Wharton School’s existing Moelis Advance Access Program for UPenn undergraduates and the MBA sub-matriculation program for Wharton undergraduates.

The Wharton MBA Advance Access Program allows accepted seniors at any university to secure their spot in a future Wharton full-time MBA class, two to four years down the road. It is a unique deferred pathway for MBA candidates who want to explore their options outside of traditional business and gain experience in a wide range of industries before heading back to school.

Wharton Early MBA Admissions Encourages Risk-Taking

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Accepted students are encouraged to take risks professionally and personally. You can start your own company, work in a nonprofit, take on a global externship, or work in traditional business. Whatever you decide, as long as it allows you to bring a valuable perspective to your future class, it’s encouraged.

“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.

Undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of school are eligible to apply to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program. Once accepted, during their deferment, students will join online communities, remain in regular contact with Wharton, and network with their peers, faculty, staff, and alumni at various Wharton events.

Applying to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program

Students interested in applying to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program must apply by the Round 3 deadline of April 1, 2020. To be considered, applicants must complete the online application and provide:

  • Academic transcripts
  • A résumé
  • GRE/GMAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two well-written essays
  • A $100 application fee

In addition, students will be required to complete a team-based interview by invitation only.

Candidates are encouraged to attend a virtual information session on October 15th at 2:00 pm (EDT) or attend Wharton’s Undergraduate Campus Visit Day on October 21. You can register here for the webinar or register to visit the campus here.

Check out the original Wharton press release to learn more about the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program.

Posted in: Feature Small, MBA News, News

Schools: UPenn / Wharton

About the Author


Kelly Vo  

Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.

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