MBA Snapshot: The Wharton School

The Wharton School is considered by many to be the best business school in the world.  Unlike many of its competitors in the top then, however, Wharton is one of the few business schools which has both an undergraduate and a graduate business program, essentially doubling its resources.  Here are three other reasons why Wharton is so well respected…

1)      Global Analytics

The Wharton School integrates global learning into its core curriculum and extracurricular activities like no other school.  Through key courses such as The Global Learning Practicum, Global Immersion Program, and Global Modular courses, Wharton students leave with not only a global perspective on business from an academic view, but also practical global experience under their belts.  Couple it with Wharton’s strong network of finance professionals in their alumni ranks, and you’re left with a school which is basically considered the standard against which all other finance programs are measured.  Wharton has always had a corner on the finance industry, but their timing over the past decade, which has been in lock-step sync with the expanding global marketplace and growth in quantitative analytics, has permanently positioned the school as the ideal place to study global business within a deeply analytical framework.  Got a low score on the quant portion of the GMAT?  You might consider applying elsewhere.

2)      Dual Degrees

Wharton’s dedication to a global perspective is also evident in their dual degree options, including an MBA/MA in International Studies (through the Lauder program).  Dual degrees allow a deeper dive into a specific area of expertise, and the Wharton School essentially pioneered the idea of connecting the MBA with a myriad of alternate studies.  With access to the whole of Penn as well as other institutions, including world-renowned Johns Hopkins University as well as the Kennedy School at Harvard, Wharton students can customize the exact education they desire.  There is even an MBA/Veterinary medicine degree option. Of course a separate admissions decision must be made for any school outside of Wharton, but you can thank their open approach to dual degree options as the reason Wharton will consider a GRE score as an alternative to the GMAT. 

3)      Social Impact

There’s no better proof of dedication to bettering the common good than an in-house student loan forgiveness program for Wharton alumni who work in a non-profit field.  Perhaps grounded in founder Joseph Wharton’s vision to create graduates who manifest “economic and social good,” Wharton’s efforts to provide opportunities for students to impact the community, both during school and after, are evident across the program.  In addition to coursework which emphasizes bettering lives, not just bettering the bottom line, at Wharton, you can even major in Social Impact Management, so applicants with social impact goals make the pool quite competitive.  Sure, all schools advertise that their students and alumni care about and make a meaningful impact on the world, but Wharton truly puts their money where their mouth is. Let us help you position yourself to be as attractive as you can be for the Wharton School.

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