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Deadlines are around the corner -- there's still time to apply!
January 31, 2013

The deadlines for our EMBA programs are right around the corner:  Feb. 4 for the Philadelphia program and Feb. 6 for San Francisco.  If you feel that won’t be enough time to complete your application, it may not be too late.  Contact us to discuss your circumstances and see what is required for your application. Depending on your specific situation, we might be able to work with you to provide an accommodation or extension.

To check the status of your admissions materials, you can log on to your application to confirm when it’s complete.  Please be patient, as it usually takes a few weeks to manually sort through all of the transcripts, sponsorship letters and other credentials we receive and to update the status of each online.  Rest assured that we will contact you if anything is missing.

If you still need to take - or retake - the GMAT, we’ll accept GMAT scores until March 2.  A copy of your GMAT scores may be scanned and emailed or faxed to the East or West Coast office, but you also must have an official copy sent directly to Wharton.  The GMAT codes for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives are G56-97-36 for Philadelphia and G56-97-14 for San Francisco.

While interviews are required for Fellows applicants, they are strongly recommended for everyone.  If you haven’t already interviewed, please contact the office immediately -- the slots are quickly filling up.

Admissions decisions can be viewed by logging on to your application.  San Francisco program applicants will be notified by March 22.  Philadelphia program applicants will be notified by April 5.

If you have questions, please contact us as soon as possible. We are here to help you!

Posted by ExecMBA in Applicants , Executive MBA Admissions , Preparing Your Application , Wharton l San Francisco |Permalink |Comments (0)

Winter Break Hours and Upcoming Admissions Deadlines
December 19, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania will close for winter break on Fri. Dec. 21, 2012 and will reopen on Wed. Jan. 2, 2013. If you have any immediate admissions questions, please contact our offices before that time.

As you work on your application, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- The application deadline for the West Coast program is Feb. 6, 2013. The application deadline for the East Coast program is Feb. 4, 2013.

- If you still need to take the GMAT, you have until March 2, 2013 to take the test and email our East or West Coast office your unofficial results. You also must have an official copy sent directly to Wharton. The GMAT codes for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives are G56-97-36 for Philadelphia and G56-97-14 for San Francisco. Scores are valid for five years.

- Don’t wait to schedule your interview! If you don’t get a chance to schedule your interview before our offices are closed, make sure to contact us on Jan. 2, 2013 to schedule one. By this time of year, appointments on class days fill up fast.

- We’ll be hosting more online and in-person receptions in January.  Check out our event schedule to see if you’re able to join us for any of them.

We wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to hearing from you in 2013!

Posted by ExecMBA in Admissions Chats , Applicants , EMBA Receptions , Executive MBA Admissions , Preparing Your Application , Wharton l San Francisco |Permalink |Comments (0)

Admissions Tips Virtual Reception: Mon., December 17th, 2012 at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT
December 16, 2012

We're hosting a Virtual Reception to provide you with insights into applying to the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.  The Admissions Committee will be joined by a current first-year executive MBA student who will share his successful journey through the admissions process.

Mon., December 17, 2012
5:30-6:30pm ET / 2:30-3:30pm PT

Virtual Reception Panelists:

    Dan Pohlig - 1st year MBA Exec Student
    Catherine Molony - Director of Admissions, Wharton MBA Program for Executives
    Bernadette Birt - Executive Director, Wharton | San Francisco
    Katherine Lilygren - Director of Admissions, Wharton | San Francisco
    Diane Sharp - Director of Marketing, Wharton MBA Program for Executives

We'll provide an overview of the admissions process, including tips on how to approach it, followed by a discussion that will be shaped by your questions.  We hope you can join us online!

How to participate:   Download Wharton MBA Exec_Virtual Reception Instructions

Posted by ExecMBA in Admissions Chats , Applicants , EMBA Receptions , Executive MBA Admissions , Preparing Your Application |Permalink |Comments (0)

Wharton | San Francisco Runs Quant Review Workshop for Prospective Students
December 2, 2012

We often get the question “Do you need to be a math major to succeed in Wharton’s EMBA program?”  The answer is no.  As Wharton | San Francisco EMBA alumnus Mike Gipe, WG’05, puts it:  “Wharton’s EMBA program is very rigorous, but students from all types of backgrounds can be successful here.”

Mike - who runs the consulting business xaplap in Saratoga, CA and teaches a weekly tutorial session for core courses in the EMBA program - ran a one-day Quantitative Review Workshop on the San Francisco campus for prospective students.  “Anybody who has applied to our program likely has had most of the math courses they need so it’s more a matter of brushing up on those skills.  How often would a nonprofit manager need to use calculus on a daily basis?  It’s something a lot of people are rusty in and this workshop was designed to help them catch up,” says Mike.

Continue reading "Wharton | San Francisco Runs Quant Review Workshop for Prospective Students" »

Posted by ExecMBA in Admissions Chats , Applicants , California , EMBA Academics , EMBA Program News , Executive MBA Admissions , Preparing Your Application , Wharton l San Francisco |Permalink |Comments (0)

San Francisco Applicants: Round One is Coming Soon!
November 19, 2012

The round one deadline for applying to Wharton | San Francisco is Mon., December 3, 2012.  Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're applying in the early round:

  1. Call our office to arrange your admission interview.  Your application does not have to be complete before you schedule your interview, but the calendar fills up fast, so email us or call our offices at 415-267-6313 to check availability.
  2. We encourage all applicants to visit class.  We will do our best to accommodate your interview and class visit for the same day.

Continue reading "San Francisco Applicants: Round One is Coming Soon!" »

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Mark your Calendars: Wharton EMBA Program’s Information Receptions Have Begun
August 26, 2012

If you’re thinking about applying to Wharton’s EMBA program this year, we encourage you to attend one of our MBA for Executives Information Receptions where you can get all of your questions answered and talk to alumni and students about their experiences in the program. If you don’t see a city near you listed on our events list, please check back because more locations are in the works.

Upcoming information receptions and special events:

Albuquerque, NM - 11/12/12        Houston, TX - 11/13/12                    Portland, OR - 1/7/13
Atlanta, GA - 11/7/12                    Irvine, CA - 9/6/12                           Sacramento, CA - 11/27/12
Berkeley, CA - 11/8/12                 Las Vegas, NV - 10/8/12                 Salt Lake City, UT - 10/9/12
Boise, ID - 12/5/12                        Los Angeles, CA - 10/3/12              San Diego, CA - 11/8/12
Carlsbad, CA - 10/18/12               Manhattan Beach, CA - 11/17/12    San Francisco, CA - 10/13/12
Charlotte, NC - 11/8/12                New York, NY - 12/4/12                   San Francisco, CA - 11/16/12
Dallas, TX - 11/14/12                   Palo Alto, CA - 10/24/12                  Seattle, WA - 12/4/12
Denver, CO - 10/23/12                 Pasadena, CA - 9/14/12                  Toronto, ON - 11/26/12
Fresno, CA - 12/1/12                    Philadelphia, PA - 11/28/12             Washington, DC - 10/30/12

Events To Be Confirmed:  Baltimore, MD / Boston, MA / Chicago, IL (11/27/12) / Mexico City, DF

Other special events:

Philadelphia Open House, Sat., September 1: Morning, 8:30AM-2:00PM or Afternoon, 10:30AM-4:00PM

San Fransisco Quant Prep Workshop, Sat., September 8: 9:00AM-3:00PM

New York Dine & Discuss Info Sessions: Wed., September 19: Lunch, 12:00-1:30PM or Dinner, 6:30-8:00PM

We also encourage you to visit our Chats archive to listen to audio recordings about our program.

We’re looking forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!

Posted by ExecMBA in Admissions Chats , Applicants , EMBA Receptions , Preparing Your Application , Wharton l San Francisco |Permalink |Comments (0)

The Wharton MBA for Executives 2012-13 Application is Now Live!
August 9, 2012

If you haven’t already started an online application account, you can do so nowa:  Start/Continue App.  The two biggest changes in this version are a new Essay Question (#2), which we hope will help us to get to know you better, and a few of the questions in the Recommendation Form have been updated.  The Wharton application process is designed to be holistic.  We’re interested in learning about you as a professional, as well as what makes you a unique individual.

An important part of your application is the interview.  Did you know you can schedule one before submitting your application?  In fact, we encourage it-- all we need is your resume.  Please contact the Philadelphia or San Francisco office when you have your calendar in front of you and schedule an appointment on an upcoming class day, so you can experience the program and get information that will help you as you complete your application.

Reminder:  Check our Events Page to see when we’re hosting an admissions event in your area.  And don't forget to keep checking back, as we’re adding new events regularly.  We’ll also be hosting several virtual receptions starting in September.  The schedule for those will be posted shortly.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

The Wharton MBA Program for Executives Admissions Team

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Changes to Our Application
August 3, 2012

We're updating the MBA Exec online application for those applying to the class entering in May 2013.  You'll now have the opportunity to write about personal events and experiences that have influenced you. This new essay question (replacing question #2) will allow you to tell the Admissions Committee what makes you unique and how you will impact the learning environment at Wharton.

The recommendation form is also being revised to ask more specific questions on the leadership abilities and interpersonal skills of the candidate.  At Wharton, academic abilities alone are not enough; we are looking for well-rounded candidates who are effective leaders and work well with others.

It's ok to start an online application account but we recommend that you don't delve into it too much until the new application is live.  (We'll send out an announcement.)  And it's always good practice to save your work in a Word document.  In the meantime, please call us in Philadelphia or San Francisco if you have any questions about the new application or the admissions process, in general. 

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New GMAT Format Launched June 5th
June 7, 2012

If you’re planning to take the GMAT soon, there are some changes you should know about. As of Tues., June 5, 2012, a new section will be included called Integrated Reasoning.

The new 30-minute section is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. According to MBA.com, the skills being tested were identified in a survey of 740 management faculty around the world as important for incoming students and are ones that “you already use, and skills that you will need to succeed in our data-rich world.”

Continue reading "New GMAT Format Launched June 5th" »

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Wharton EMBA Alumnus Talks about Value of the GMAT
May 10, 2012

When Mark Espinola had his admissions interview for Wharton’s San Francisco MBA Program for Executives, a memorable moment was when he tried to negotiate his way out of taking the GMAT. But after taking the test and graduating in 2007, Espinola, who is now the CEO of Ballard & Tighe Publishers in Orange County, Calif., came to appreciate the importance of the GMAT. We asked him to share his thoughts on the test and here is what he said:

“When I first realized that the GMAT was a required part of the admissions process at Wharton, I thought this rule must not apply to me. I had been a senior manager at PriceWaterhouse as well as worked in a CFO position so I had plenty of finance and accounting under my belt. I thought my experience would be sufficient to be exempt from the GMAT, but found during the interview that this was not the case. There is no exception for the GMAT – all applicants have to take it.

Continue reading "Wharton EMBA Alumnus Talks about Value of the GMAT" »

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Deadlines are around the corner…have you scheduled an interview?
January 30, 2012

Philadelphia deadline:   Wed., 2/1/12 at 11:59pm EST
San Francisco deadline:  Mon., 2/6/12 at 11:59 PST

Please call the office of the program to which you’re applying if you need to arrange an extension of the deadline.  Phila: 215-898-5887 / SF: 415-777-1000

Ins and Outs of Interviews for Wharton EMBA Candidates

If you are applying – or thinking of applying – to Wharton’s MBA for Executives program, call us soon to schedule an interview.  Don’t wait until you’ve finished your application to schedule an appointment because slots on class days are filling up fast.

Continue reading "Deadlines are around the corner…have you scheduled an interview?" »

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Penn’s Holiday Hours and Important Admissions Information
December 19, 2011

 University of Pennsylvania will be closing on Fri., Dec. 23rd at 12:00pm EST.  If you have any immediate admissions questions, please contact our offices before that time.  Our Philadelphia office will reopen on Tues., Jan. 3rd at 9:00am EST. Wharton | San Francisco will close at 12:00pm PST on Dec. 23rd and reopen on Jan. 3rd at 9:00am PST.

As you work on your application over winter break, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Continue reading "Penn’s Holiday Hours and Important Admissions Information" »

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San Francisco Early Decision Deadline is Approaching
November 20, 2011

Wharton | San Francisco MBA Exec candidates who submit their application by December 1, 2011, will receive a decision by January 16, 2012. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can reach the admissions office at 415-777-1000 or via email at [email protected]. We look forward to reading your application. Good luck!

 

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Wharton EMBA Admissions Committee to Host Phone Chat on Oct. 1st
September 15, 2011

How much work experience is required to apply to Wharton’s MBA Exec Program? What are the requirements for sponsorship? Is the application procedure different for candidates under the age of 30? To learn the answers to these and many other questions, please join us on Sat. Oct. 1, 2011 from 9:00am-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT for a phone chat with members of our Admissions Committee from both our San Francisco and Philadelphia locations.

To listen to the phone chat, dial 1-270-400-2000/Access Code 433559#. To be online during the chat to post questions, register for this event here. If you’re unable to be online during the call, but would like to send us questions in advance, please email us at: [email protected].

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Save the Date: Wharton EMBA Information Receptions Have Begun
September 8, 2011

Do you want to learn more about Wharton’s executive MBA program? If so, then we encourage you to attend one of our MBA for Executives information receptions where you can ask questions as well as talk to students and alumni about the program. Please check our listing of events because we’ll likely be coming to a city near you. Upcoming receptions include:

Mon. Sept. 12, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm in Santa Clara, CA

Wed. Sept. 28, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm in Portland, OR

Mon. Oct. 3, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm in Las Vegas, NV

Tues. Oct. 4, 2011, 11:30am-1:00pm in Salt Lake City, UT

Tues. Oct. 4, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm in Scottsdale, AZ

Admissions chats also are a great source of information. To watch recent Webcasts and listen to audio recordings on a wide range of topics, please click here.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Wharton EMBA Program Kicks Off Fall Information Sessions
August 17, 2011

If you’re considering applying to Wharton’s executive MBA program this year, this is a good time to create an account to access our online application. Once you begin, you’ll be able to save your work and keep track of your progress until you’re ready to submit your information.

We also invite you to attend one of our many upcoming MBA for Executives information receptions where you can learn more about the admissions process from our staff as well as talk to alumni and students about their experiences in the program. We’ll be hosting receptions around the world, but a few events coming up include:

Mon. Sept. 21, 2011, 6:00–8:00pm at Wharton | San Francisco

Tues. Sept. 27, 2011, 6:00–8:00pm in Bellevue, WA

Tues. Oct. 4, 2011, 5:30–7:30pm at the Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA

Tues., Oct. 11, 2011, 6:00–8:00pm in Los Angeles, CA

Tues. Oct. 11, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm in New York, NY

Wed. Oct. 19, 2011, 6:00–8:00pm in Denver, CO

Tues. Oct. 25, 2011, 5:30–7:30pm in Washington, DC

Tues. Nov. 1, 2011, 5:30pm – 7:30pm in Boston, MA

For the full listing of information receptions or to register for a specific event, please click here. You also can visit our Admissions Receptions and Chats site to watch recent Webcasts and listen to audio recordings about a diversity of topics such as women and the MBA, career management, full-time vs. executive formats, and many more.

And it's not too late to attend tonight's event at Wharton | San Francisco, Wed., August 17, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm, tomorrow night's event in Seattle, Thurs., August 18, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm or next week's event in Palo Alto, Thurs., August 25, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm.

We’re looking forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!

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Thinking of Reapplying? Call after June 13 to make an appointment for feedback.
June 2, 2011

The Wharton MBA for Executives is one of the most competitive EMBA programs in the world and applicants usually have about a one in three chance of being admitted.  Not only do our executive MBA applicants need to meet the same high standards that are required for Wharton’s full-time MBA program, they also must show more work and managerial leadership experience.

Continue reading "Thinking of Reapplying? Call after June 13 to make an appointment for feedback." »

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Application Processing Has Begun
February 9, 2011

In Wharton’s MBA for Executives Offices, it’s application processing time! Right now, we’re diligently processing each application to make sure that we’ve received all of the required documents.  If you’re wondering whether we’ve gotten to your documents yet, you can logon to your application to confirm when everything is complete.  If we find anything is missing, we’ll contact you immediately.

Continue reading "Application Processing Has Begun" »

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Deadline Information for MBA Exec Candidates, Philadelphia Campus
January 31, 2011

The Philadelphia area is expecting a dangerous winter storm, which means there will be a skeleton crew in the office on both Tues., 2/1 and Wed., 2/2.  We’d like to reassure you that if you are having trouble contacting us regarding an application issue, you can hold off on submitting your app until your question or concern has been addressed.

We encourage you to email the office to make us aware of any issues and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner, [email protected].  If the issue is of a technical nature, please contact AY Tech Support using the link provided within the application.

For those who wonder what the difference between the Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses is, the answer is...the weather!

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What Happens After You Submit Your Application?
January 28, 2011

The Wharton MBA Exec Admissions Team would like to share a few reminders as you spend this weekend finalizing your application before the February 1st deadline:

  - You have until 11:59pm Tues., February 1, 2011 (midnight of your time zone) to submit your online application.  But don’t panic - the system will accept applications after midnight.  We encourage you to let us know if you run into issues that prevent you from meeting this deadline.

  - If you still need to take - or retake - the GMAT, we’ll accept GMAT scores until the first week of March.  A copy of your preliminary GMAT score may be scanned and emailed or faxed to the East or West Coast office, but you also must have an official copy sent directly to Wharton.  The GMAT codes for Wharton's Executive MBA program are Philadelphia: G56-97-36 and San Francisco: G56-97-14.

  - Have you scheduled your interview?

  - Transcripts, sponsorship letters, and other credentials are arriving in droves at the Philadelphia and San Francisco MBA Exec offices.  We ask for your patience as we sort through them and match them up with each application.

Please note:  It is only after your application is submitted that the processing can begin.  Please give us 2-3 weeks after you submit before calling the office to see if we’ve received your credentials.  This allows us to keep the momentum going without stopping to answer individual calls.  Check your online status where you can confirm when your application is complete.

Rest assured that we will not let your application sit incomplete!  We will reach out to you if something is missing. 

Once applications are complete, they go to the Admissions Committee where they will be evaluated by Committee members from both the West and East Coast programs.  You don’t need to update us during this time unless something significant happens that may affect our evaluation such as a promotion or a new GMAT score.

San Francisco program admissions decisions will be released no later than March 25 and Philadelphia decisions will be released by April 8.

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