2024-2025 Wharton MBA Academic Calendar

Dates are subject to change.

Monday, August 5

Pre-Term Exercises Start (Wharton MBA Class of 2026)

Thursday, August 15

First Day of Fall Semester for First-Year Students 

Thursday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 21

MGMT 6100: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership 

TBD

MGMT 6100 Final 

AUGUST 2024

Thursday, August 15

Course Match Closes (12:00PM ET)
Last day for students to report and modify utilities for Fall 2024 courses.

Tuesday, August 20

Course Match Schedules Released
Students will receive an e-mail notification once schedules have been released. Drop/Add “Buffer” period begins at this time.

Thursday, August 22

Course Match Drop/Add “Buffer Period” Ends (12:00PM ET)
Course Match interface will close and registration requests will be processed. Students will receive an e-mail notification late afternoon when results have been released.

Monday, August 26

Wharton First Day of Fall Semester for Second-Year Students 
MBA Q1 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses Begin

Tuesday, August 27

University’s First Day of Fall Semester

Friday, August 30

Drop/Add Deadline: Q1 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)

If a course is at capacity as of August 30th at 11:59pm, dropping the course after that date and time will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used.  August 30th is also the add/drop deadline for ALL fall sections of WHCP.

Adding a Q1 or full semester course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

SEPTEMBER 2024

Monday, September 2

Labor Day
Classes do not meet

Tuesday, September 3

Deadline for Non-MBA Students to Request a Path@Penn Permit for Fall 2024 Quarter 1 and Full-Semester MBA Courses
Non-MBA students can access more information here.

TBD

Last Day to Add Fall 2024 Non-MBA Course

Thursday, September 12

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q1 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q1 and full semester elective courses. This deadline applies to Wharton AND non-Wharton courses.
*Any course taken for a core substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Monday, September 16

Final Day to Drop Q1 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q1 course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

OCTOBER 2024

Thursday, October 3 –
Sunday, October 6

Fall Break
Classes do not meet

Tuesday, October 8

Last Day of Q1 Core and Elective Courses

Tuesday/Thursday classes will meet as normal
Thursday-ONLY classes will also meet on this day

Tuesday, October 8 (evening) –
Friday, October 11 (morning)

Core Exams

Monday, October 14 –
Friday, October 18

Monday, October 21

First Day of Q2 Core and Elective Courses

Friday, October 25

Q2 Drop/Add Deadline (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q2 course at capacity after this date and time will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used.

Adding a Q2 course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Final Day to Drop Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a full semester course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

Monday, October 28

Deadline for Non-MBA Students to Request a Path@Penn Permit for Fall 2024 Quarter 2 MBA Courses
Non-MBA students can access more information here.

TBD

Advance Registration for Spring Semester Non-Wharton Courses

Wednesday, October 30

Course Match Opens (12:00PM ET)
Students may begin to enter and modify their utilities for Spring 2025 courses. 

NOVEMBER 2024

TBD

Final Day to Drop Fall 2024 Non-Wharton Course 

Thursday, November 7

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q2 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q2 elective courses. 
*Any course taken for a core substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Monday, November 11

Final Day to Drop Q2 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q2 course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

Tuesday, November 26

The University and Wharton MBA Operates on a Thursday Schedule
MBA classes scheduled twice a week on Tuesdays/Thursdays WILL MEET
MBA classes scheduled on Thursdays (ONLY) WILL MEET

Classes normally scheduled for Tuesdays (ONLY) will NOT meet.

Wednesday, November 27

University Operates on a Friday Schedule
MBA classes will NOT meet.

Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Wednesdays will NOT meet.
Non-MBA classes normally scheduled for Fridays WILL meet.

TBD

Regular add/drop/swap for Spring 2025 Non-MBA Classes Begin.
Visit Path@Penn for more info.

Thursday, November 28 –
Sunday, December 1

Thanksgiving Break
Classes will not meet

DECEMBER 2024

Wednesday, December 4

Last Day of MBA Q2 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses

Wednesday, December 4 (evening) –
Monday, December 9

Core Exams

Monday, December 9

Course Match Closes (12:00PM ET)
Last day for students to enter and modify their utilities for Spring 2025 courses. 

Monday, December 9

University’s Last Day of Classes

Tuesday, December 10 –
Wednesday, December 11

Final Exam Reading Days

Thursday, December 12 –
Thursday, December 19

Final Exam Period

Monday, December 16

Course Match Schedules Released
Students will receive an e-mail notification once schedules have been released. Add/Drop “buffer” period begins at this time. 

Wednesday, December 18

Course Match Drop/Add “Buffer Period” Ends (12:00PM ET)
Course Match interface will close and registration requests will be processed. Students will receive an e-mail notification late afternoon when results have been released.

JANUARY 2025

TBD

Focused Recruiting Period (FRP) – Start of First Year Interviews

Monday, January 13 –
Friday, January 17

Wednesday, January 15

University’s First Day of Spring Semester – University Operates on a MONDAY Schedule

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
Classes do not meet

Tuesday, January 21

Wharton First Day of Spring Semester
MBA Q3 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses Begin

Monday, January 27

Drop/Add Deadline: Q3 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
If a course is at capacity as of January 27th at 11:59pm, dropping the course after that date and time will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used.  January 27th is also the add/drop deadline for ALL spring sections of WHCP.

Adding a course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Tuesday, January 28

Deadline for Non-MBA Students to Request a Path@Penn Permit for Spring 2025 Q3 and Full-Semester MBA Courses
Non-MBA students can access more information here.

 

TBD

Last Day to Add Spring 2025 Non-MBA Course

FEBRUARY 2025

Thursday, February 6

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q3 & Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q3 and full semester elective courses. This deadline applies to Wharton AND non-Wharton courses.
*Any course taken for a core substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

Wednesday, February 12

Final Day to Drop Q3 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q3 course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

MARCH 2025

Monday, March 3

Last Day of Q3 Core and Elective Courses

Monday, March 3 (evening) – Friday, March 7

Core Exams

Saturday, March 8 –
Sunday, March 16

University Spring Break
Classes do not meet

Monday, March 10 –
Friday, March 14

TBD

Last Day to Add/Drop March Sections of Strategic Marketing Simulation (MKTG 6130)

Monday, March 17

First Day of Q4 Core and Elective Courses

Friday, March 21

Q4 Drop/Add Deadline (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q4 course at capacity after this date and time will warrant a “W” on your transcript for holding a seat that one of your classmates may have used. 

Adding a Q4 course after this date requires the instructor’s written permission and is only permissible in extraordinary circumstances.

Final Day to Drop Full Semester Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a full semester course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

Deadline for Second-Year Students to Declare/Update Majors

Monday, March 24

Deadline for Non-MBA Students to Request a Path@Penn Permit for Spring 2025 Q4 MBA Courses
Non-MBA students can access more information here.

 

TBD

Advance Registration for Fall 2025 Non-Wharton Courses

Thursday, March 27

Change of Grading Status Deadline: Q4 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Elect letter grade or pass/fail option for eligible Q4 elective courses. 
*Any course taken for a core substitution must be taken for a letter grade.

APRIL 2025

TBD

Last Day to Add/Drop April Sections of Strategic Marketing Simulation (MKTG 6130)

TBD

Fall 2025 Course Match Opens (12:00PM ET)
Students may begin to report and modify their utilities for Fall 2025 courses. 

Thursday, April 3

Final Day to Drop Q4 Courses (11:59PM ET)
Dropping a Q4 course after this date and time is considered a withdrawal and will warrant a “W” on your transcript and the course credit unit value will be counted against your 21 CU limit*. Students who exceed the 21 CU limit are subject to additional tuition charges. You cannot withdraw from a course once the last class session has begun.
*CU limit will vary for dual degree/joint degree students

TBD

Final Day to Drop Spring 2025 Non-Wharton Course 

Thursday, April 24

Last Day of MBA Q4 and Full Semester Core & Elective Courses 

Thursday, April 24 (evening) – Wednesday, April 30

Core Exams

Wednesday, April 30

University’s Last Day of Classes

MAY 2025

Thursday, May 1 –
Sunday, May 4

Final Exam Reading Days

Monday, May 5 –
Friday, May 9

Monday, May 5 –
Tuesday, May 13

Final Exam Period

Sunday, May 18

Wharton MBA Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 19

University of Pennsylvania Commencement Ceremony

Revised: January 9, 2024