This year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has updated the MBA essay questions for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. First-time applicants and re-applicants are required to complete both essays.
Per the Wharton MBA admissions website, the Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level, and encourages you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, be yourself.
Required MBA Essays
Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)
Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)
Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants)
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)*
*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)
For additional information on applying, please visit the Wharton MBA admissions website.