Dates & Deadlines

The Application Deadline

Admission Deadlines for the Lauder Institute Class of 2021:

Joint Degree Round Application Deadline Decision Release Date
MBA/MA MBA/MA Round 1 September 18, 2018 December 13, 2018
MBA/MA Round 2 January 3, 2019 March 21, 2019
JD/MA JD/MA for current Penn Law students (1Ls) March 1, 2019 Rolling
JD/MA joint applicants (for those applying simultaneously) March 1, 2019 March 21, 2019

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Dates and Deadlines

The OPI may be completed any time after July 1, 2018 to count for the upcoming admissions cycle, but it must be completed by September 18, 2018 for Round 1 applicants or January 3, 2019 for Round 2 applicants.

For important information regarding the OPI, visit the Language Testing section.

Spring Start

The academic calendar for first-year students at Lauder begins in May. That means MBA students are on the University of Pennsylvania campus before the bulk of their Wharton classmates arrive, so they get a head start when it comes to making friends in the Lauder Institute’s tight-knit community. JD/MA candidates start the program just after their first year of law school ends, so they are already well-oriented to the Penn campus and Philadelphia. All students graduate from Lauder with their business or law school class.

24-month Duration

Earning a joint MBA/MA or JD/MA degree through the Lauder Institute just four months to the 20-month Wharton MBA program and no additional time to the Penn Law JD program, aside from the first spring/summer term at Lauder after the completion of the first year at Penn Law. While the condensed timeframe requires students to commit to a demanding course load, stellar alumni outcomes show a great return on investment.

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