Business school profiles

Explore our insights on what each MBA program
has to offer, along with the latest facts and stats.


About The School

A quick scan of the MBA rankings of recent years confirms that, The Economist aside, Wharton is rarely outside of the world’s top three. Business as usual for the world’s oldest business schools, and part of a trinity often referred to as HSW. And 2018 clearly delivered for Wharton, with a series of rankings successes including #1 in Forbes, #2 for the second consecutive year in BusinessWeek and the FT, and #3 in US News (behind a Harvard-Booth tie for #1).
If any of the top business schools has taken the time to adjust to a post-Lehman Brothers world it is Wharton. The entrepreneurial community has quintupled in the past six years, with a higher percentage of students starting a business at graduation than at Harvard Business School. The school can also claim the highest percentage of women in a top MBA program, with an unprecedented six years in a row when women made up at least 40% of the class. And the quality of admitted students is also on the rise, if measured by the average 732 GMAT score of the incoming class. The introduction of a Team Based Discussion component to the MBA admissions process may have dissuaded some, but it has been well received by participants, and showcases the interaction and inclusive values that are a far cry from the outdated stereotype of a competitive student body. And the school’s improving yield, which shows that more applicants who receive an offer to join the Wharton program are saying ‘yes’ suggests that they are a good fit and prize a Wharton education over any other.

Strengths And Specializations

General Management, Finance, Health Care, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, Nonprofit/Social Responsibility, International Management, Economics, Big Data

The MBA program offers over 200 electives – more than any other top business school

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 6,245 MBA Class Size: 862 Tuition: $157,896

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Financial Services 36.9%; Consulting 25%; Technology 14.9%; Consumer Products 6.2%; Startup 4% 
Top Recruiters: McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Google, Deloitte, Amazon

Avg Base Salary: $135,716

Salary Increase: 114%

Employment in 3 months: 98.4%

MBA Rankings

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016



BusinessWeek 3 3 2 5 2
Financial Times 2 1 3 3 4 3 2
Forbes 4 4 7
The Economist 8 15 13 15 11 10 4
US News 5 3 3 3 1 3 3


Avg. Work Exp.: 5 yrs

Avg.  GMAT: 730

Int’l Students: 33%

Female Students: 43%

Deadlines for Sept 2018-19: R1: Sep 15, 2020, R2: Jan 05, 2021, R3: March 31, 2021

Sources: Wharton, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


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

Essay 2 (new): “Taking into consideration your background—personal, professional, and/or academic—how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions 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)

Read Fortuna’s Wharton essay tips & analysis.

Interview – Team Based Discussion

Three years ago the Wharton Admissions office partnered with the Wharton Innovation group to launch a new evaluation method, the team-based discussion. If you are invited to interview, you will participate in a team-based discussion with 5-6 other applicants during your scheduled session. The team-based discussion will allow you the opportunity to interact with your fellow applicants through discourse involving real-world business scenarios, which will highlight how you approach and analyze specific situations. Your discussion will have a prompt and a purpose and you will work towards a tangible outcome with your group. The team-based discussion is additive and does not replace the opportunity for an individual exchange. There will be time allotted for a short one-on-one conversation with a member of the Admissions staff during the interview.

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