Wharton MBA Application Requirements
- Transcripts – You must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a US Bachelor Degree.
- GMAT/GRE Scores – These scores inform the school about your readiness for the program.
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE – These scores tell the school about your english language proficiency.
- Essays – The school requires you to answer 2 compulsory essays and 1 optional essay.
- Recommendation Letters – You will need 2 of these letters from two individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in work setting.
- Resume – All your professional achievements go on this 1-page document. It should clearly demonstrate breadth and depth of your experience, leadership and management skills, and potential for growth.
- Application fee – This non-refundable fees cannot be waived.
Wharton Essay Question 1
What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 Words)
A straight forward question asking how will Wharton help you achieve your professional goals.
Wharton has an amazing curriculum to offer and you have to connect the offerings to your career progression. Your essay must clearly demonstrate the specific programs, clubs, subjects that Wharton has to offer to help you improve your skill set. So, you must know your career direction and which of the myriad offerings at Wharton will you achieve that. You must answer some questions: What offerings at Wharton will help you improve the soft skills and what offerings will help you with hard skills to get to your goal? What are the top three things you will get from the program? How can you learn and share at the same time?
It is important to connect your learning with a sense of self growth that you achieve from knowledge sharing so that you are seen as a part of the community. Research about the various clubs and activities that could help you grow to achieve your goals.
Show them the problem that you wanna solve or the opportunity that you gonna take advantage of. Show them that you have some of the skills to achieve this and there are a few skills that Wharton will help you with.
Wharton Essay Question 2
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)
In the words of Wharton Admission Director, Blair Mannix: “We hope to give applicants room to reflect on their unique backgrounds and think about what their value-add will be to the Wharton community. Applicants should remember that the admission committee is looking for candidates who will contribute to all aspects of Wharton life.”
Keeping this in mind, you should highlight your experience and background that can be connected to the potential impacts in the future contributions at Wharton. The impacts you have made in the past can show the school you potential to make impact in the future at Wharton. Hence, simply suggesting that you will make an impact without an instance from the history will not help you. Linking the future actions to something in the past will present a consistency to your story and points.
However, to be able to decide about how and where can you make an impact, you need to research about Wharton in detail. Did you know that clubs are created by students reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit at the school? Did you know that the pre-term has classes on leadership and team work? Did you know that Wharton has a philosophy of “Give and Take” and it is based on Professor Adam Grant’s book of the same name? Did you know that Wharton has over 20 research centres? If your answer was a “NO” to even one of these questions, then you need to research a little more on the possibilities at Wharton.
Keep your essay consistent and true to the facts. The more information you can provide, the better your essay will look and provide information about how exactly will you make the contribution.
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