What Wharton Is Known For
Analytics. It’s no secret that Wharton is a quant school; for better or worse, that’s probably why you’re considering it! But that well-deserved reputation doesn’t mean that Wharton is just a finance school. Quantitative and analytical skills are woven throughout the curriculum, especially in disciplines like marketing. It’s a way of thinking as much or more than a discipline.
Broad strengths. We like to refer to Wharton as the “Swiss Army knife” of business schools, because nearly every department is among the best in the world. In U.S. News & World Report’s 10 reported specialties for business schools in 2016, Wharton ranked among the top-10 programs in all but one specialty: Finance (#1), Marketing (#2), Accounting (#2), International (#5), Management (#3), Production/Operations (#2), Entrepreneurship (#7), Information Systems (#9), and Supply Chain/Logistics (#10). The only specialty in which Wharton was not listed was Nonprofit, and honestly, it’s not a bad program for nonprofit management, either! The school is also known for its world-class specialties in healthcare, real estate, and insurance.
Global outreach. Wharton offers a number of global learning activities, some integrated into the curriculum and some offered as extracurriculars. Highlights are the elective Global Immersion Programs, the Global Consulting Practicum (a marketing elective), and Global Modular Courses (offered simultaneously to undergrads, MBAs, and EMBAs). Wharton also offers a number of internationally focused dual-degree programs and numerous exchange programs.
Impressive campuses. In March 2015, Wharton opened the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, which augments the school’s partnerships with Chinese educational institutions. This opening expands Wharton’s reach from Philadelphia and its West Coast campus in San Francisco, launched in 2010 to host a full menu of executive education courses and an Executive MBA program. Full-time MBA students based in Philadelphia also have the option of spending a semester at the West Coast campus, which allows for greater networking opportunities with Silicon Valley.
Dual degrees. Wharton leverages resources available across Penn and even across other schools to offer an impressive array of dual-degree programs. The best-known program is the MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree in International Studies program, which underwent a significant restructuring in 2015. In addition to the Lauder Program, Wharton students can also pursue joint or dual degrees in conjunction with Penn’s other leading graduate schools, including the law school, the design school, the medical school, and even the veterinary school. Wharton also offers partnerships with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins and Harvard’s Kennedy School.