Wharton MBA
Advance Access Program

Apply senior year. Work for two to four years. Get a Wharton MBA.

The Advance Access Program is a deferred admission program that offers undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their final year of study a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of quality work experience. The program seeks to recruit students who are innovative, intellectually curious and ready to take professional risks while impacting the world. Students from all academic fields and disciplines are encouraged to apply, and the program will accept a highly selective cohort of students whose academic and career interests expand the traditional notions of business education.

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APPLY

Apply during your senior year (or final year of studies for graduate students) during Round 3 of MBA Admissions. Applicants will be evaluated similarly to the overall MBA pool.

GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE

Follow your professional passions and obtain quality, substantive work experience. Advance Access students are encouraged to take professional risks during the deferment period, such as starting your own company, working for a nonprofit or pursuing global externships while working in traditional business industries.

ENGAGE WITH WHARTON

Your journey with Wharton starts from the moment you are admitted. During your deferment period, you will have access to a network of scholars having an impact professionally across the globe and will remain in contact with Wharton through online communities, electronic communications, invitations to student conferences and access to admitted student programming.

BEGIN THE MBA PROGRAM

Join us after two to four years of work experience, and bring all of your quality work experience to the Wharton classroom.

The Advance Access Program is designed for innovative and intellectually curious seniors and graduate students in their final year of study who aspire to set the stage early for their advanced education and feel encouraged to fearlessly pursue their professional passions during the deferment period. Successful Advance Access applicants will have excelled in their academics and pursued a range of courses, had an impact on campus and will be able to clearly articulate their professional goals both pre- and post- MBA.

Application DeadlineInterview InvitationsInterview DatesDecisionsDeposit Deadline
Wednesday, April 1, 2020Thursday, April 16, 2020Friday, April 24 - Friday, May 1, 2020Friday, May 8, 2020Thursday, June 4, 2020

Application Components

  • Reduced application fee of $100
  • Unofficial transcript with final year fall and spring courses listed
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE)
  • Current resume with all internships, part-time positions and future full-time position listed
  • Two letters of recommendations from a professor, internship supervisor/employer, or a campus leadership advisor
  • Two essays (Same essays as general MBA applicants)
  • Team Based Discussion (Virtual or On Campus) and One-on-One Interview

Enrollment

Should you gain acceptance into the Advance Access program, students are required to pay a split deposit of $1,000 due at the beginning of June and $1,000 due the year you decide to matriculate. All Advance Access commits will also submit a yearly declaration of intent to enroll and verification of work experience.

Experiencing the Wharton community will help you decide if the Advance Access Program is the right fit for you. We host events throughout the year to help you see the many unique facets of the Wharton MBA. Make sure to share your information under “Stay Connected” below to receive event invitations.

Undergraduate Visit Days

Join us in the Fall and Spring as we host specialty visit days focused on exposing undergraduate students to the MBA experience and community.

Campus Visit Program

Unable to make the Undergraduate Visit Day? Come see campus through our Campus Visit Program! Schedule a visit to learn about the admissions process, attend classes, meet current students, and get a firsthand look at our diverse and collaborative culture.

Webinars

Join us for an overview of the Advance Access application process, where college seniors can apply for deferred admission to the Wharton MBA Program.

Connect with Current Students

We have 55 current second year students across many backgrounds, careers, and interests who are available to speak with you about their experiences at Wharton. Browse the profiles of the Admissions Fellows to select a student to connect with.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM?

Undergraduate students who have graduated the Fall before or who will graduate the Spring/Summer of the Round 3 deadline are eligible to apply. Graduate students in their final year who entered into their graduate studies immediately following completion of their undergraduate studies are also eligible to apply provided they have not had full-time work experience.

CAN I APPLY IF I AM GRADUATING FROM MY UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES A SEMESTER OR YEAR EARLY?

Yes, all current students graduating early are eligible to apply. If you are graduating in the fall, you need to apply in the Round 3 deadline after you graduate. If you are graduating in the summer or spring, apply in the Round 3 deadline of your graduation year.

CAN I APPLY TO THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM IF I AM A CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENT THAT SUB-MATRICULATED INTO A GRADUATE PROGRAM?

Yes, if you sub-matriculated directly into a graduate degree program and are currently completing your last year of studies, you are eligible to apply.

IF I FINISHED MY UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES LAST YEAR AND THEN IMMEDIATELY STARTED A GRADUATE PROGRAM AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY, CAN I APPLY TO THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM?

Yes. As long as you did not work full-time between your studies you are eligible to apply.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM?

Apply to the Wharton MBA Program by the Round 3 deadline.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION FEE FOR ADVANCE ACCESS APPLICANTS?

The application fee is $100.

DO YOU ACCEPT BOTH THE GRE AND THE GMAT?

Yes, we accept both tests and do not have a preference for either. Please make sure to take the test by our testing deadline and submit your unofficial scores with your application.

I AM TAKING MY GMAT OR GRE CLOSE TO THE DEADLINE AND WILL NOT RECEIVE A FULL TESTING REPORT WITH PERCENTILES AND/OR WRITING SCORES UNTIL AFTER THE DEADLINE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We ask that applicants take the GMAT or GRE no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline. This will ensure that you are able to submit your application with all scores. You may not enter 0’s for the score and percentage fields. Unfortunately, we cannot review your application with missing scores.

ARE THE RECOMMENDATION REQUIREMENTS THE SAME FOR ADVANCE ACCESS AND GENERAL APPLICANTS?

All applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters. However, recommendation letters for Advance Access applicants can come from professors, internship supervisors, or campus leadership advisors. We recommend submitting letters from a mixture of professional and academic/campus sources.

WILL I HAVE TO INTERVIEW FOR THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM?

Yes, if you are invited to interview, you will participate in the Team Based Discussion interview during Round 3. We will host both on campus and virtual Team Based Discussions to accommodate undergraduate students who are not close to campus.

IF I AM INTERESTED IN THE LAUDER INSTITUTE, THE CAREY JD/MBA PROGRAM, OR THE HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, CAN I APPLY TO THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM?

Yes. The application will allow you to select the above joint degree options when applying. However, all additional application materials specific to each program (e.g., LSAT, language tests, etc.) are still required at the time of application.

CAN I APPLY TO JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS AFTER WORKING FOR SOME TIME AND DISCOVERING AN INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM?

Yes, you would reach out directly to the joint degree program and submit a separate application for their program.

IS THERE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR A PARTICULAR SCHOOL OR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND?

No, we are looking for the strongest candidates across all academic fields.

IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED TO THE ADVANCE ACCESS PROGRAM, WILL THIS HURT MY CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED TO THE GENERAL MBA IN THE FUTURE?

No. Your future application will not be at a disadvantage.

WHAT IS THE ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT?

Accepted applicants are expected to pay $1,000 by the beginning of June to secure their seat in the class and an additional $1,000 the year they decide to matriculate and begin classes.

HOW LONG CAN I DEFER MY START DATE IN THE MBA PROGRAM?

You can defer for up to four years, but during those years you still need to be employed and gaining quality work experience. You will be required to submit a yearly intent to enroll, keeping us informed of your plans to matriculate.

HOW WILL I ENGAGE WITH WHARTON DURING MY WORKING DEFERMENT PERIOD?

You will join a network of professionals having an impact across the globe. You will remain in contact with Wharton through online communities, electronic communications, invitations to Wharton student conferences and access to admitted student programming in the year of your matriculation.

Questions about the Wharton MBA Advance Access Program?

Please contact mba-admiss@wharton.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-6183.