Wharton School Posts 2011-2012 Deadlines, Essay Topics

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has announced the deadlines and essay questions for the 2011-2012 MBA application season.

The deadlines are:

Round 1
Deadline: October 3, 2011
Notification: December 20, 2011

Round 2
Deadline: January 4, 2012
Notification: March 23, 2012

Round 3
Deadline: March 5, 2012
Notification: May 8, 2012

The Class of 2014 Essay Questions:

Required Question:

What are your professional objectives?

Respond to two of the following three questions:

1. Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today?

2. Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it?

3. “Innovation is central to our culture at Wharton. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School ”“ whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach.” ”“ Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School

Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life.

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.

Optional Section:

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).

For more information, visit the Wharton School’s admissions website, and stay tuned for our essay analysis, coming soon!


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