Academic Standards at Wharton

Minimum academic standards are maintained in the following manner:

(a) Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation upon reaching any one of the following conditions: (1) receive two grades of F in any grading period or (2) have a semester Wharton GPA that is less than 2.67 in any of the first three semesters. Students placed on probation as a result of their performance in a given semester will be removed from academic probation when they do not satisfy either of the conditions for probation in a subsequent semester.

Once a student is notified, they are required to meet with their academic adviser within two weeks and develop a plan to succeed. This includes reviewing the course load, the balance between non-academic and academic activities, as well as other personal interest and needs. The student’s plan must be in writing. Failure to develop a plan within two weeks after being notified may result in a course registration hold, a suspension of school-sanctioned leadership roles, or a limit on career management services.

(b) Dismissal

Any of the following academic conditions will lead to dismissal from the MBA program during or at the end of the first year: (1) receiving three grades of F in any grading period or in any two contiguous grading periods during the first year; (2) receiving two grades of F while on academic probation during the first year; (3) having a semester Wharton GPA that is less than or equal to 2.33 for both semesters of the first year; or (4) having 5 CU of Wharton courses with a grade less than or equal to 2.33 (C+ or lower) at the end of the first year. In addition, a student will be dismissed if they fail to meet the second-year graduation requirements within the allotted time frame, which is discussed in (c).

(c) Second-year Graduation Requirement

In order to graduate, students must satisfy the following requirements during their second year in the program: (1) maintain a Wharton GPA that is greater than 2.33 in each semester of their second year, and (2) have no more than 4 CU of Wharton courses with a grade less than or equal to 2.33 (C+ or lower) in their second year. Students who fail to satisfy the second-year graduation requirements must successfully complete remedial work as determined by the relevant Program Office in conjunction with the MBA Executive Committee in order to graduate. Students who do not complete the remedial work within the time frame established by the relevant Program Office in conjunction with the MBA Executive Committee will be dismissed from the MBA program.

(d) Appeal

A student who is dismissed from the program for academic or other reasons, may appeal the decision by writing to the Chair of the MBA Executive Committee within seven days of receiving the notice. Similarly, a student who fails to satisfy the second-year graduation requirements, may request a hearing by the MBA Executive Committee to determine the remedial work. Upon receipt of the request, the committee will convene a hearing and give the student seven days advance notice. All MBA Executive Committee decisions are final. There is no further appellate body.

(e) Definitions

The Wharton GPA is based on the letter grades received in Wharton MBA courses. Thus, the GPA reflected on the transcript may not equal the Wharton GPA as the transcript GPA reflects all coursework taken at the University of Pennsylvania. A grading period may be a quarter or a semester. Contiguous grading periods are those immediately adjacent to each other. A semester refers to fall and spring semesters. The two summer terms combined shall be considered a semester if the student carries a full-time course load in the summer.  Students are considered to be in their first year through the end of their first two full-time semesters in the MBA program. Lauder students and three-year JD/MBA students are considered to be in their first year through the end of their first three full-time semesters, including their first summer term and the subsequent two semesters of full-time residency.


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