How It Works
For Wharton MBA students entering the program in Fall 2021, the graduation requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree are as follows:
The Wharton MBA degree requires 19 credit units (CU) of graduate-level courses, up to four of which may be taken with an approved academic program outside of Wharton. All 19 CU must be taken while registered in Wharton MBA program coursework, with the exception of coursework taken in approved dual degree programs. Students may take up to 21 CU of coursework without incurring additional tuition charges. Courses such as the Global Immersion Program (GIP) and Global Modular Courses (GMC) require additional fees, due to the international travel component.
There are waiver opportunities for most, but not all, of the required core courses (see Waiver Guide). If you elect to waive courses, you must replace the waived credit units with elective coursework. The minimum requirement for graduation remains 19 CU at the graduate level regardless of courses waived.
The MBA program is designed for a full-time residency consisting of four academic terms; fall and spring over two years. It is possible to graduate in less time by overloading on coursework and/or taking courses during the summer term; however summer course offerings are quite limited. Summer study may also preclude an internship opportunity which, for many students, is a valuable part of the MBA experience. It is also possible, with prior approval from the MBA Program Office of Academic Affairs, to delay graduation — continuing coursework required for graduation through a fifth semester.
Sample First Year Schedule
1 – Requirement cannot be waived (MGEC 612, WHCP 611/WHCP 620, WHCP 612/WHCP 615)
2 – Consider taking a balance of flexible core and elective courses in your first year to ensure timely progress towards degree completion.
3 – Though STAT 613 is a fixed core course, students may be eligible to take the 0.5 CU accelerated version to satisfy this core requirement.
Before arriving to campus, take the time to familiarize yourself with our academic policies related to anything from academic performance standards to course registration deadlines. Your academic advisor will discuss these policies in detail at Pre-Term. More