"What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA?” Admissions Essays for Fall 2016 starters (Class of 2018)

Round 1:  Tue 27 September 2016
Round 2:  January 5, 2017
Round 3:  March 28, 2017

New Essays for WG Class of 2019 (2017 start)

This year’s application will require the completion of two mandatory essays.

Essay 1:  What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2: Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our collaborative culture. How will you contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

By asking these two questions, effectively breaking apart and expanding on last year’s essay question, our hope is to give applicants ample space to more fully explain their aspirations, goals, and how Wharton fits into those.  We want to be able to view applicants from both sides of their world – one where they are professionals developing skills and seeking career advancement, but also the personal growth side where they are seeking out enriching experiences to become better, stronger, wiser, and a more robust person.

Take these two questions as an important opportunity to express who you are and what and who you want to be.  It is important for us to know the real you and be able to envision you as part of the Wharton community.

https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/from-the-deputy-vice-dean/updates-2016-17-application/

 


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WHARTON MBA APPLICATION ESSAYS 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


Wharton's 2015-2016 essay topics for the Class of 2018 will be unchanged from the previous season’s application. If you apply to Wharton in 2015-2016 admissions season, you will need to respond to one required 500-word essay. In addition, you will have the option of completing another 400-word response. Meanwhile, reapplicants to the MBA program are asked to address their reflection on last season’s admissions decision in a brief 250-word essay.


Wharton’s 2015-2016 essay topics are:

  • Essay 1 (Required): What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

  • Essay 2 (Optional): Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

  • Reapplicant Essay (Required): Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

  • OPTIONAL SECTION FOR ALL APPLICANTS: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here. (250 words)

  • All applicants, including reapplicants can also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

  • unexplained gaps in work experience,

  • choice of recommenders, or 

  • questionable academic performance,

  • significant weaknesses in your application

(found at http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/apply-to-wharton.cfm; accessed 2012/06)

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Essay 1

THE QUESTION

  • What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

 

QUESTIONS BEHIND THE QUESTION

  • What do you want to do? 

  • Why do you want to do it? 

  • How does Wharton best prepare you to achieve your professional aspirations?

  • Why does Wharton best match your personal motivations? 

Reapplicant Essay 

THE QUESTION

  • Reapplicant Essay (Required): Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

 

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Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.

 

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Wharton application questions for 2014 - 2015 applicants (Class of 2017 MBA candidates)

Essays

The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.  First-time applicants and reapplicants are required to complete the same set of essay questions.

 

Questions, Class of 2017:

1. (Required) What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

 

Additional Question for Reapplicants:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

 

Transcripts

Transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate level and beyond, whether or not for credit or a degree, are required. Grades or marks may be self-reported on our online transcript template; official documents required upon admission and matriculation.

 

Letters of Recommendation

The Admissions Committee requires two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors. The recommendation questions for the Class of 2017 are:

  • How do the candidate's performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)

  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (250 words)

 

(found at http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/application-requirements.cfm; accessed 2014/07)

 


 

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Essay 2

THE QUESTION

Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

 

QUESTIONS BEHIND THE QUESTION

  • What will you GIVE to Wharton? (Essay 1 asks, "What will you GET from Wharton?")

  • Do you know us? How would you define or characterize the Wharton MBA learning community?

  • What do we have now?

  • What can you contribute that we WANT and NEED?

 

HOW to ANSWER THIS QUESTION

  • Find the perfect gift that will add value to the Wharton learning community

  • Before you give a gift, make sure the recipient wants it

  • Example: my parents recently told me they ONLY want photos of their grandchildren


 

Step 1 - Research

  • Identify student activities, clubs, events, conferences, special programs that match your specialized knowledge, skills, background and post-MBA goals

  • What are they doing now?

  • How can YOU make it better?

 

 


 

Step 2 - Test your hypothesis

  • Contact current students and recent alumni

  • Present your pitch

  • Does Wharton want what you have to offer?

 

 


 

Step 3 - Show and prove

  • Include real names and real dialogues in your Essay 2 response

  • Most of all, enjoy the process!

 


 

 

Class of 2016 Essay Questions

The Admissions Committee is interested in getting to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.  

REQUIRED QUESTIONS: 

1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTION FOR REAPPLICANTS:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay.  Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

 

OPTIONAL SECTION FOR ALL APPLICANTS:

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

 


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Wharton Class of 2015 Essays

If you think that Wharton is the right place for you, we encourage you to apply.

A successful application combines substance, presentation, and good timing. It should tell your own story and make each element of your application as strong as possible.

Use our online application system to apply and to check your status. The system walks you through the required steps, including electronically submitted transcripts, recommendations, and essays.

 


Class of 2015 Essay Questions & Vince Hints

The Admissions Committee is interested in getting to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.  

 

REQUIRED QUESTION: 

How will the Wharton MBA help you achieve your professional objectives? (400 words)

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RESPOND TO 2 OF THE FOLLOWING 3 QUESTIONS:

1. Select a Wharton MBA course, co-curricular opportunity or extra-curricular engagement that you are interested in. Tell us why you chose this activity and how it connects to your interests. (500 words)

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2. Imagine your work obligations for the afternoon were cancelled and you found yourself "work free" for three hours, what would you do? (500 words)

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  • Should you mention an activity that you already do, or something new you want to start?

  • I don't think it matters, as long as you use this essay to demonstrate a new and unexpected aspect of your personality. 

 

 

3. "Knowledge for Action draws upon the great qualities that have always been evident at Wharton: rigorous research, dynamic thinking, and thoughtful leadership." - Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School

Tell us about a time when you put knowledge into action. (500 words)

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Answer the question directly, using Wharton's keywords to frame your answer. Otherwise, Wharton AdCom readers might assume that you have simply copied and pasted a leadership essay from HBS, Stanford, Tuck, or some other school's application.  That is why they customize the question. You would be wise to craft your answer as a direct response that specifically identifies what knowledge you possessed, how you developed it, how you put it into action, and what you learned from the process. 

  • What knowledge did you possess (and how had you cultivated it)?

    • The question prompt specifically mentions 'rigorous research.'  

    • I encourage you to 'reverse engineer' your knowledge to show its source. 

    • Whose theory were you implementing? 

    • What idea were you testing? 

  • How did you put your knowledge into action?

  • What quantiative results did you achieve? (cost savings, increased sales, boosted profits)

  • What qualitative impact did you make? (motivating others, changing organizational behavior)

 


ADDITIONAL QUESTION FOR REAPPLICANTS:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay. 

Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements).

You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

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