Wharton Opens Deferred MBA to Undergrads From All Schools

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Typically the path to an MBA looks something like this: get
a college degree, work for a few years, apply to MBA programs, and then go get
your MBA.

With deferred enrollment programs, though, several top
schools have flipped the script. Programs like HBS
and Stanford
GSB Deferred Enrollment
let promising students apply for MBA admission
immediately after graduating from college, then work for a couple years before

Given the success of HBS’s and Stanford’s programs,
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton
decided to get into the deferred enrollment game a couple years ago,
using a $10 million donation to kick-start the Moelis
Advance Access Program
for Penn undergrads.

Now, Wharton has announced
that the deferred enrollment path to an MBA will be opening up to graduating
seniors from all undergraduate institutions. With the new Wharton
MBA Deferred Admissions Program
, students can now apply for admission first
and gain work experience later.

Students apply in admissions Round 3, as college seniors.
This year, that means submitting an application by April 1 and hearing back by
May 8.

Applicants submit the standard portfolio of test scores,
transcripts, essays and recommendation letters. Those who gain admission can
defer enrollment for up to four years, during which time they will stay in
touch with Wharton and have access to networking opportunities.

Wharton’s MBA admissions director, Blair Mannix, said
the school is “looking for the most talented students across the globe who are
innovative, intellectually curious and ready to impact the world during their
deferment period.”

She added that deferred enrollment students are “encouraged
to take professional risks such as starting their own company, working for a
nonprofit or pursuing global externships while working in traditional business

Deferred enrollment programs like Wharton’s can provide
additional options between college and B-school, both by taking away the
unknown of future MBA admissions and by opening up a new network.

Of course, whether deferred enrollment makes sense depends
entirely on the student in question. Many applicants benefit from using their
work experience to bolster their case for admission down the line.

We can help you evaluate what path to B-school admission
fits best with your profile and goals, as well as how adcoms are likely to view
your application at this stage in your career. If that sounds helpful, get in
touch with us and ask for a free MBA application

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