Updates to the 2021-2022 Application


I am excited to share with you that the MBA application for the Class of 2024 will open in early July. To give you a head start on your application planning, we have a few changes you can expect for our essays and letters of recommendations.


  • Essay 1: How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (500 words)
  • Essay 2: 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)

Letters of Recommendation

  • Prompt 1: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will contribute meaningfully to the Wharton MBA community. (300 words)
  • Prompt 2: Please provide example(s) that illustrate why you believe this candidate will find success throughout their career. (300 words)

We made slight revisions to Essay 1 to ensure that the question remained applicant-centered while still requiring applicants to think carefully and specifically about how they can maximize two years at Wharton to prepare for their future career goals. Essay 2 has not changed.

It is our hope that the Letters of Recommendation prompts will be collectively easier and more fulfilling for recommenders to respond thoughtfully, regardless of which stage of your life they know you as a candidate. The updated Prompt 1 now asks recommenders to illustrate ways they believe an applicant can make meaningful contributions to the Wharton community. These answers will help us learn more about the instances they’ve found you make impacts on teams, organizations, and processes around you. Prompt 2 has not changed.

The application will open in early July, and we look forward to learning more about you when you submit. If you have questions, please join us at one of our virtual events this summer, or reach out to our office directly at mba-admiss@wharton.upenn.edu or by phone at 215-898-6183.

Best Regards,

Blair Mannix
Director of Admissions