In addition to the Wharton MBA curriculum, Lauder’s 24-month MBA/MA joint degree consists of core international studies courses, region-specific learning, immersive travel opportunities, and a capstone research project. Here are some highlights in a typical student journey.

First Summer Immersion

Start in June with Lauder’s four-week Pre-Term for first-year students, then spend four weeks in July traveling abroad with a small group of classmates who will be studying the same region of the world. Return to Philadelphia just in time for MBA Pre-Term, Wharton’s orientation for first-year MBAs.


Courses on Campus

Once on campus, take a mix of interdisciplinary core courses, electives, and language study tailored around a region of focus.


Short-Term Immersions

Choose from a variety of immersions and travel opportunities that range from a few days to a few weeks. Some programs run through Winter and Spring Break, like the optional Culture Quest, an Amazing Race-style program for students seeking adventure.


Customized Career Advice

Set up one-on-one appointments with Lauder’s dedicated Global Career Advisor, in addition to consulting with Wharton Career Services.

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Capstone Project

Select a topic and complete a Global Knowledge Lab (GKL), Lauder’s master’s thesis requirement. Travel the world individually and as a team to conduct original research and write up a thesis under the guidance of two faculty members from Wharton and the School of Arts and Sciences.