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Wharton MBA Essay 2 Example: Software Engineer with 4+ years of Experience and Tutoring/Music as extra-curricular

Wharton MBA 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)

For this essay, we look at a Fictitious profile – a candidate with 4+ years of experience working for a Technology Giant, leading the development of their most profitable product.

He was a Math tutor on the weekends and a Technical Consultant on weekdays.

The career path of this applicant was extraordinary.

Hailing from a village, the applicant was the first in his state to score 100% in Grade 12th Math exam. The natural curiosity to play with numbers didn’t lead him to Finance. Math was an extension of his highly evolved logical mind and a curiosity to find patterns. Music was an extension of his curiosity. He just...

The applicant wants to transition from Technology Consulting to FinTech & Strategic Management

Wharton MBA Essay #1 Strategy: Most essay narrative directly lists the expected professional gain. All of them sound like a reverse advertisement of Wharton MBA. What the admission team needs is the context for the professional gain. Without citing an interesting project you worked, or the motivation for Wharton MBA, the essay will sound cliched.

Wharton Value: Wharton Business School proudly mentions analytics and data-based decision making as a value that differentiates it from other top Business School schools.

Wharton MBA Essay #1 Narrative: For the sample essay we have used a fictitious profile – a Consultant, who has worked with a Technology giant and noticed its core value eroding since the maverick Founder’s demise. An unethical leadership decision is used as an opener to capture the admission team’s attention. The applicant then compares decision made under a tough condition to leading an expedition, and cleverly transition into how Wharton’s expeditions would help him gain leadership skills.

The narrative then switches back to the applicant’s experience with the technology company and introduces analytics as a tool for making smarter decisions. This experience is matched with ‘Analytics’ and ‘Wharton MBA.’

The second half of the...

Wharton MBA Application deadline for the year 2018-19 has been released.

Round 1 Deadline for MBA is September 19th 2018

MBA Program
                           Deadline                        Interview Invite               Decision
Round 1           September 18, 2018     October 30, 2018            December 13, 2018
Round 2           January 3, 2019           February 7, 2019            March 21, 2019
Round 3            April 2, 2019              April 18, 2019                 May 9, 2019


Wharton MBA Essay Tips
The Admission team wants to know how will you gain professionally from the Wharton MBA program.

Essay 1 (Required): What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Before you start writing about how Wharton MBA Program will influence your ability to achieve your post-MBA goals, understand the structure of the MBA curriculum.

Curriculum Overview

Even Wharton’s core curriculum offers flexibility with the core split into two units: the fixed core (3.25 credits) and the flexible core (6.25 credits). Students can complete the core as a quarter or a semester long course.

The traditional management courses are covered in the fixed core: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership (Leadership), Marketing Management (Marketing), Operations Management (Operations), Microeconomic Foundation (Microeconomics), Advanced Topics in Managerial Economics (Economics), Regression Analysis for Managers (Statistics), and Speaking and Writing (Management Communication).

Process: Wharton MBA Admission Interviews are by invitation only. Unlike interviews in other schools, the admission team facilitates a team-based discussion (TBD) with the goal of figuring out how you approach problems, opportunities, and leverage teamwork for achieving learning goals. Complete tips here.

Interview Schedule

• 35 minutes for TBD
• 10 minutes one on one conversation with the Admission team

Style of Interview: Team Discussion with groups of 4-5 applicants, followed by a small 10 minutes one on one interview with the admission team (second-year student or the admission officer)

Selection Criteria: Adaptability, Awareness, Decision Making, Leadership, and Communication style. Persuasive communication has a clear advantage in the selection process.


1) Before the discussion, a prompt will be given with an end goal, mostly to reach a consensus or a solution.

2) The Admission team prefers that local applicants attend the interviews on-campus. For International applicants, there are off-campus locations where the TBD will be scheduled.

3) The Admission team also recommends that you visit and...

The essays questions for Wharton Full-time MBA Class of 2017 (Entering 2016) have been announced. There is one mandatory question with 500-word limit and another optional question with 400-word limit.

1. (Required) What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Wharton MBA: Application Requirement

Wharton MBA CurriculumThe Philadelphia campus hosts the 24-month Wharton Full-time MBA program with the latest class enrolling 850 students. The focus of the Full-time program is to make the students better decision makers, encourage them to take risks, test their Entrepreneurial skills, and give them the opportunity to work with diverse groups in Global communities.

Wharton MBA Class Profile

Although not as popular as Harvard, Wharton ranks among the top five popular MBA programs in the world with the Class of 2016 receiving 6111 applications, enrolling only 859 students - a 14% acceptance rate. The mean GMAT for the class is 728 with 80% of the class scoring in the 710 to 750 range. 31% of the class was international students. Interestingly, minority students had a wider representation this year with 30% of the Americans in the class represented by a minority group (African-American, Asian-American, Native American, and other multiethnic backgrounds).

The Wharton MBA program has a similar class profile to Stanford MBA program with the Humanities/Social Science/Economics group taking the...

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