Wharton School 2013-2014 Essay Questions

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has announced the required essay questions for the upcoming MBA admissions season. This year’s applicants will now submit two rather than three essays, with a reduced word count from previous years—a trend which seems to be spreading across several top programs this year.wharton essays

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)

Reapplicant Essay:

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 Essay:

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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Click here for a reminder of the Wharton School deadlines, and check back for Stacy Blackman’s Wharton MBA essay tips, coming soon!

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