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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS




This document contains detailed instructions to assist you in completing the Wharton MBA Program for Executives application. The checklist below itemizes each part of the application and links to the related section within this document.
If you have questions not answered here, please contact the office of the campus to which you are applying.

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Application Checklist



  • 1. Complete Online Application Form

  • 2. Schedule an Interview Don’t wait!

  • 3. Provide Recommendation Letters

  • 4. Answer Essay Questions

  • 5. Submit Test Information

  • 6. Send Official Transcripts

  • 7. Mail Sponsorship Letter



1. Online Application Form

Instructions


  • You do not have to complete the online application form in one sitting.

  • Save your work regularly while completing your online application form and always remember to do so before navigating away from each section.

  • Once you submit your online application form, you will not be able to make changes to your application information.

  • The online application form is only one part of your application. Applications will not be evaluated by the Admissions Committee until all required materials have been received by the Wharton MBA for Executives program office to which you are applying. See Application Checklist.

  • Printing: There is no preview before submitting your application, so please check your work carefully before submitting your application. After submitting, you will be able to print your application.

  • Helpful Tip: If you are having trouble jumping around from section to section within the application, return to the first page and then proceed to the page you wish to view.



Work Experience


  • Follow the directions given in the application regarding the Employer look-up system.

  • Upload your resume as a supplement to the completion of this section.

  • You may use the optional essay to explain any gaps in employment.

  • Input your current job first.

  • Note: Direct Reports, Matrix Management, and other Dotted Line answers should be numerical. Leave blank if not applicable.


Academic Background
Complete the information requested for every institution you attended and, therefore, have submitted a transcript.

  • If you attended more than one institution or received more than one degree, please list your institutions in chronological order (bachelor’s degree first, master’s degree second, etc.).


Application Fee


  • Once you have completed the application to your satisfaction, submit it by clicking the Submit button. This will take you through the steps to electronically submit your application to our office.



  • YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PREVIEW THE APPLICATION BEFORE SUBMITTING. Please make sure when you click submit, you are definitely ready to submit the final version.




  • The application fee is $180 and payment is with MasterCard, Visa or AMEX credit cards only.




  • U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) and employees of some not-for-profit organizations may be eligible to waive this fee. Before you submit, please contact the office to which you are applying to see if you are eligible to waive your application fee.

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2. Schedule an Interview

  • Interviews are required for all applicants.



  • You do not need to have completed your application before interviewing. In fact, we encourage you to interview before the deadline, if possible. But you must start an online application before your interview appointment so that you can bring questions to your interview and understand what we are evaluating.







    • Space in classes is limited; therefore, we strongly encourage you to schedule your class visit and interview on the same day. Priority for class visits is given to those who have an interview scheduled.




  • The only document required to schedule an interview is your resume.




  • We recommend that you contact the program office to which you are applying to set-up an interview appointment before the deadline.


West: mbaexecsf-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu or 1-415-777-1000
East: mbaexec-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu or 1-215-898-5887

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3. Recommendation Letters
We require two letters of recommendation from individuals who are well acquainted with your performance in a professional setting, preferably including one from your current manager.


  • Submit recommendations from people who can provide insight into your aptitude for, or accomplishments in, management and leadership.




  • Recommendations should be completed online using the secure system.




  • Using the online recommendation option greatly speeds up the processing of your application and will reduce the chance of a delay in receiving your admissions decision.



Submitting Recommendations Online


  • Each recommender will be sent an email message with instructions and a web address in order to complete your recommendation.




  • The online recommendation form asks the recommender to submit the answer to each question in a separate text box, thus answering each question individually.




    • If your recommender has prepared a single document for the entire recommendation, s/he can upload a Word or PDF document containing his/her recommendation.




    • Recommenders should also complete the Profile questions when they upload their supplemental letter.



Submitting Hard-Copy Recommendations
If one or both of your recommenders strongly prefer to submit a hard copy of their recommendation, they can mail or email it directly to the appropriate office (East or West). Recommenders should answer the questions asked on the online recommendation form within their letter.



  • Please contact our office if you need a copy of the recommendation form to send to someone writing on your behalf.

  • Whether mailed or emailed, we ask that the Profile questions on page two be completed or addressed in the letter they send us.




  • We strongly encourage applicants to use traceable mail, i.e. UPS or FedEx. Sending documents via standard USPS can often delay the office receiving documents and there is no way to track if the mail was received.



Changing Recommenders
It is possible that after having selected your recommenders there is a reason to alter your selection.


  • To do this, simply change the recommender’s name and email address from your application portal. Note: You will not be able to see the change from your portal view, but should confirm with your new recommender that s/he received the request. The change will be recorded for the admissions committee.




  • If the new recommender is replacing a current one, you may delete the current one's name from the list if s/he has not yet submitted the recommendation.




  • If the recommender to be replaced has already submitted, you must email the admissions office to notify them of the change.


West: mbaexecsf-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu or 1-415-777-1000
East: mbaexec-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu or 1-215-898-5887


4. Essay Questions
You are required to prepare answers to the first three essay questions listed below. The fourth essay question is optional. Include the question at the beginning of each essay and upload them as one document.

Required Essay 1 
750 word limit 
What are your career objectives and how will the Wharton MBA Program for Executives contribute to your attainment of these objectives?

Required Essay 2 
500 word limit 
In his book, Winners Never Cheat: Even in Difficult Times, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. (W'59), writes: "A crisis creates the opportunity to dip deep into the reservoirs of our very being, to rise to levels of confidence, strength, and resolve that otherwise we didn't think we possessed."

Describe a time when you were faced with a challenge and how you responded.



Required Essay 3 
500 word limit 
Given your already demanding job and the desire to remain committed to important family and personal obligations, how do you plan to handle the additional demands on your time once you enroll?

Optional Essay
500 word limit 
Please explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware (e.g., unexplained gaps in your work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent academic performance). You may also take this opportunity to share other defining aspects of your life that the Admissions Committee would not otherwise have learned from your application or resume.

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5. Test Information
We require ALL applicants to take the GMAT and provide an official score. There is no minimum requirement; however, GMAT scores have proven to be a useful predictor of success in the quantitative courses that are an important foundation for the Wharton MBA for Executives program.

  • Go to MBA.com for information on taking the exam and reporting your score.

  • The highest score will be used for evaluation.

  • GMAT scores are valid for five years.

  • You may be eligible to submit GRE scored instead of GMAT scores. Please find more detailed information below.


GMAT Deadlines

All applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) by the application deadline. If you are taking the GMAT within a week of the deadline, please scan and email your preliminary results to the admissions office.



Exam Scores on Application

  • Indicate the date and score of the highest total GMAT you have taken.

  • If you have taken the exam more than once we will see all scores when you send your GMAT score(s) to us.

  • If you retake the GMAT after submitting your online application, please email the office to which you are applying to inform them of the new date. Otherwise your application will be evaluated with the score you submitted.


GMAT codes for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives

  • Philadelphia: G56-97-36

  • San Francisco: G56-97-14


GRE

  • We require the GMAT unless you have earned a prior master’s degree for which you submitted GRE test results.

  • GRE results must be less than five years old at the time of your application to Wharton.

  • It is required you request approval to use your GRE scores in place of the GMAT.

  • Please call the office to which you are applying so that we can discuss whether this is the best option for your candidacy.

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6. Official Transcripts
Upload a copy of your transcript for each institution listed in your application. These copies will be used for the initial “unofficial” evaluation of your application.
You must also provide original sealed transcripts for each university/college listed in your application. These must be mailed to the office of the campus to which you are applying. This includes ALL international schools. Do not wait to contact colleges or universities with your transcript requests as the process can take a long time. You will not receive a decision until we have all official transcripts.

  • You should have your transcript(s) sent directly from your school to the office of the campus to which you're applying.

  • If you have a sealed copy of your transcript with the official seal/stamp, you may send that directly to Wharton. Remember to keep the seal intact and do not open it to use as the uploaded copy.

  • We strongly encourage applicants to use traceable mail, i.e. UPS or FedEx. Sending documents via standard USPS can often delay the office receiving documents, and there is no way to track if the mail was received.


Where to Send Transcripts:
San Francisco (West) Philadelphia (East)

Admissions Committee Admissions Committee

MBA Program for Executives Wharton MBA Program for Executives

The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

2 Harrison Street Suite 108 Steinberg Conference Center

6th Floor 255 S. 38th Street

San Francisco, CA 94105 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS are accepted as official and can be sent electronically from your University to the office of the Program in which you are applying. Please note that we cannot accept electronic transcripts that are not emailed to us or retrieved by us directly from your University. To request an electronic transcript, please use the following contact and email address to send your electronic transcript from your University:

Philadelphia: mbaexec-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu

San Francisco: mbaexecsf-myapp@wharton.upenn.edu

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7. Sponsorship Letter
All enrolled students must be fully employed while attending the program. A letter of sponsorship from your organization is a required part of your application. Sponsorship requirements differ by years of work experience and employment status. Anyone with fewer than 8 years of work experience is considered a Fellows applicant. All others are Traditional applicants. Self-employed candidates must attest to their ability to attend classes and fund their education with no negative impact on their business.

Please call the office if you are unsure about the level of financial support you are required to have from your employer.



Traditional Endorsement Letter
There is no required format for your letter, but the following elements must be included:


  • The letter must be on official letterhead from your organization, signed by the person having the authority to do so within your organization, and mailed to the appropriate program office.

  • It must indicate that the necessary time will be provided for you to attend. See Program Calendar for the time commitment needed from employer.

  • If financial support will be provided, the amount or percentage should be specified in the letter. If no financial support will be provided, this should be specified in the letter as well.

  • You may upload an unofficial copy of the letter within your online application.


Fellows Nomination Letter


  • The letter must be on the official letterhead of your organization, signed by the person having the authority to do so within your organization, and mailed to the appropriate program office.

  • It must indicate that the necessary time will be provided for you to attend. See Program Calendar for the time commitment needed from your employer.

  • The letter should cite your managerial potential and confirm a commitment for substantial financial and program-related support. Please contact us to discuss the possibility of an exception to the substantial financial support requirement. (Employment with a not-for-profit or start-up and other reasons are considered.)

  • You may upload an unofficial copy of the letter within your online application.



Self-Employed Endorsement Letters
(for independent consultants and entrepreneurs)


  • The letter must be on official letterhead of your organization. Please attach a business card and provide proof of full-time self-employment.

  • Sign and mail the letter to the appropriate program office (addresses below).

  • You may upload an unofficial copy of the letter within your online application.

  • Please call the office for more information on how to prove self-employment.

  • See Program Calendar for the time commitment needed to undertake the program.


Send a hard copy (signed original) of your sponsorship letter to the office of the program to which you're applying:
We strongly encourage applicants to use traceable mail, i.e. UPS or FedEx. Sending documents via standard USPS can often delay the office receiving documents and there is no way to track if the mail was received.
San Francisco (West) Philadelphia (East)

Admissions Committee Admissions Committee

MBA Program for Executives Wharton MBA Program for Executives

The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

2 Harrison Street Suite 108 Steinberg Conference Center

6th Floor 255 S. 38th Street



San Francisco, CA 94105 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

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