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 Philadelphia with Lauder’s four-week Summer On-Campus Program for first-year students through June*, then spend 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.  (*Note program start date varies each year and occurs at either the end of May or beginning of June)


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

All Lauder students complete a capstone course and a solo-authored paper. Develop a topic under the guidance of Penn faculty advisors and travel the world individually or with your classmates to conduct original research.