Wharton Application Essays and Deadlines for 2008-2009

Wharton has released its application deadlines and admissions essays for the 2008-2009 season. Here they are, taken from Wharton’s site. Our comments are in italics:

Wharton Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 9, 2008
Round 2: January 8, 2009
Round 3: March 5, 2009

(No big changes from last year… All deadlines are within a week of the 2007-2008 season’s respective deadlines.)

Wharton Application Essays

First-Time Applicant Questions:

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)

  2. Describe a setback or a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)
  3. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
  4. (Question #3 isn’t new, but it’s new that it’s a mandatory one. Interesting question… It doesn’t get much more explicit than this that they’re looking for leadership.)

  5. Please respond to one (1) of the following questions:

    a. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. (500 words)

    (Question 4a is new.)

    b. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

  6. OPTIONAL: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words, maximum)

Reapplicant Questions:

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? How has your candidacy improved since the last time you applied? (1,000 words)
  2. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. (500 words)
  3. (As it is for new applicants, Question 2 is new. Clearly more emphasis on innovation from Wharton this year.)

  4. Please respond to one (1) of the following questions:

    a. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)

    b. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

  5. OPTIONAL: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words, maximum)

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