The Wharton School has announced it will expand its MBA deferred admissions program to students outside the University of Pennsylvania. The Wharton MBA Advance Access Program enables promising undergraduate students to secure an early place in a future MBA class. Accepted students will work for two to four years after graduation before entering into the full-time Wharton MBA program.
This alternative pathway is for students whose academic and career interests go beyond the traditional notions of business education.
Wharton encourages students to follow their passions during their deferment period. They can seek quality, substantive work experience in a wide range of industries. Undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of studies may apply to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program.
“We are looking for the most talented students across the globe who are innovative, intellectually curious and ready to impact the world during their deferment period,” said Wharton MBA Admissions Director Blair Mannix.
“Advance Access students are encouraged to take professional risks such as starting their own company, working for a nonprofit or pursuing global externships while working in traditional business industries. This broad range of experiences will bring valuable perspectives to our future MBA classes and prepare our students to become global leaders in today’s ever-changing business environment.”
During their deferment period, Wharton will invite admitted students to join specialized online communities. They will also be able to network with their peers, students, faculty and alumni at Wharton conferences and events.
Application process for the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program
To apply, students must submit their academic transcripts, resume, GRE/GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, two essays and a reduced application fee of $100. Like their full-time MBA candidate counterparts, these applicants must also participate in the team-based interviews. Wharton will schedule such interviews only following an initial evaluation of a complete application.
Students interested in applying to the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program should apply by the Round 3 deadline of April 1, 2020. Applicants will receive decision notifications by May 8, 2020.
Prospective applicants can register to attend a virtual information session on October 15 at 2 p.m. EDT. Here, they will learn more about the unique benefits of the Wharton MBA program and application process.
Follow this link for more information about the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program.