Academic Preparation

The following assessments and preparatory materials are designed to position you for a smooth transition into your first semester of the MBA program.  Please complete the required components of your academic prep and leverage the courses and materials to brush up on key skills.

For more information about accessing this material and deadlines for each item, see your Onboarding Checklist.

Math for Business

Math for Business is an online course that reviews the key mathematical concepts used in the MBA curriculum. In preparation for the classroom, all students must complete the self-assessment quiz. Use the self-assessment quiz results to determine how to use the course content best to refresh and update your mathematical skills.

This course is hosted on Canvas, the University of Pennsylvania’s online learning management system. You will need your PennKey and password to login to the system.

Writing Requirement

In every aspect of business, writing well is critical to leading teams and effecting change. To ensure that MBA students excel at this essential communication skill, Wharton, in response to feedback from alumni, recruiters, and faculty, instituted a writing requirement.

The first component of this requirement is the online writing waiver exam, which all incoming students must complete.

More information about the writing requirement and waiver exam can be found on the Communication Program’s website.

Basics of Financial Accounting

If you have never taken a university-level accounting class, you will be required to take Basics of Financial Accounting over the summer to get ready for accounting and finance at Wharton.  This course takes approximately 5 hours to complete and should be completed before the start of the fall semester.