Application Timeline & Deadlines

Sep
17

Round 1

Jan
7

Round 2

Apr
1

Round 3

Wharton MBA Application Timeline & Deadlines

The Wharton MBA program has three application deadlines per year with three key dates for each round: Application Deadline, Interviews, and Decision Dates. The MBA/MA Lauder and the Carey JD/MBA Program have two key dates: Application Deadline and Decision Dates. Read below for information on MBA timelines and specific deadline infomation.

To be considered for a round, you must submit a completed application by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the day of the deadline. If you submit your application after the deadline for Rounds 1 or 2, it will be rolled into the next round. If you submit your application after the deadline for Round 3, it will not be accepted.

Interviews are by invitation only. If selected for an interview, we will contact you to arrange the interview as part of the application process. At any point, you can use the online application system to check the status of your application.

To learn more about MBA application requirements, click here.

MBA Application Timeline

In between our application deadlines, be sure to take advantage of our events, held on campus or in a city near you.

Application DeadlineInterview InvitationsDecisions
Round 1September 17, 2019October 29, 2019December 18, 2019
Round 2January 7, 2020February 13, 2020March 26, 2020
Round 3April 1, 2020April 16, 2020May 8, 2020

MBA/MA–Lauder and JD/MBA Application Deadlines

Our integrated joint degree programs accept applications during Rounds 1 and 2. To learn more about these programs, view our webinars online. You’ll learn answers to frequently asked questions, directly from the directors of each program.

Application DeadlineDecisions
Round 1September 17, 2019December 18, 2019
Round 2January 7, 2020March 26, 2020

When to Apply to the Wharton MBA

Below is an outline of the recommended timeline to apply to Wharton depending on if you are a first-time applicant, a reapplicant, or applying to a specific program.

First-time Applicants We encourage you to apply to Wharton in Round 1 or 2.  Space in the class becomes more limited for Round 3 applicants, resulting in a more competitive round.
Submatriculation applicants You should apply in Round 3 so that a more complete academic record is available.
Reapplicants We strongly encourage you to apply during Round 1 or 2. For advice and guidelines around reapplication, see the Reapplication section in our Application Requirements page.
International Student If you need to apply for a student visa to study in the United States, we recommend that you apply in Round 1 or 2. For advice and guidelines, see the International Students section in What You Need to Apply.
MBA/MA-Lauder Program We only accept applications in Rounds 1 and 2 to meet the program start date. If you are an international Lauder applicant and need to obtain a visa, we strongly encourage you to apply in Round 1. For more information, visit the Lauder Program.
Carey JD/MBA Program We accept applications in Rounds 1 and 2 only.
Dual-Degree We accept applications in all Rounds. Unless otherwise indicated, you may apply to both programs simultaneously.

Not sure if you’re ready to apply to Wharton or unsure of next steps once you have submitted your application? Schedule a visit or attend an event to help you make an informed decision.

Special Program Application Requirements

MBA in Health Care Management You must declare your major as Health Care Management at the time of application.
Wharton/SAIS You must begin the Wharton part of the program in Pre-Term, and conferral of each degree is contingent upon completion of all requirements for the other program.
Wharton/Kennedy School You must fill out applications to both schools during the first year at either school, or simultaneously before enrolling at either school. The two degrees may not be completed sequentially.
Wharton/Medicine You should apply in Round 1 only if you are a current first-year student at the partner school or you plan to pursue the first year of the dual degree at Wharton.
Wharton/Nursing You should apply to MBA/MSN if you are a current first-year student at the partner school or you plan to pursue the first year of the dual degree at Wharton. You must apply to the MBA/PhD program simultaneously.
Wharton/Veterinary Medicine You should apply in Round 1 only if you are a current first-year student at the partner school or you plan to pursue the first year of the dual degree at Wharton.