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Applicants must score at least an advanced-low on the OPI in their target language at Lauder; applicants for the Global program must score a superior in a language other than English to apply. In order to graduate from Lauder, students in regional programs are required to demonstrate Superior-level language proficiency on the OPI. Please see Language Testing for accepted languages and OPI testing information.
All Lauder applicants are required to take an oral proficiency interview (OPI) corresponding to the proposed program of study. Please see Language Testing for information on scheduling and completing your required OPI.
The Institute supports a variety of languages for study within our six Programs of Concentration. Click through the Language Testing page for the full list.
Multilingual applicants with deep cultural experiences in more than one region are encouraged to apply to the Global Program. For acceptance into the Global Program, applicants must show Superior-level proficiency on the admit-OPI. They are therefore not required to take language courses at the Lauder Institute. Instead, they earn credits toward the MA through other courses.
The MA degree requires five credits of coursework related to the candidate’s Program of Concentration. Students who satisfy the language exit requirement ahead of schedule can petition and discuss other options with the Lauder Co-Director and/or Managing Director.
In addition to satisfying the MBA or JD degree requirements, Lauder students must satisfy the degree requirements for the MA degree. Please see Coursework to learn more about specific credit requirements.
The Lauder Institute is committed to supporting candidates who are admitted to the joint-degree program. In addition to the financing options provided through Wharton and Penn Law, Lauder fellowships are also available for accepted students. Please see Tuition & Financial Aid for more information.
Tuition and fees for both programs are subject to change each year. Please refer to the Tuition & Financial Aid page for detailed information.
Yes, Lauder is committed to making the program accessible to all qualified students. Please see Tuition & Financial Aid to determine your eligibility for our fellowship programs.
MBA/MA Lauder applicants must submit results of GMAT or GRE scores. These scores can be self-reported in the application, and accepted students will be asked to submit official GRE/GMAT scores to the Wharton MBA Program Office. JD/MA Lauder applicants should submit their LSAT scores directly to Penn Law. For more admission requirements, please visit How to Apply.
For a complete list of application requirements, please see the How to Apply page.
The joint application for Lauder is evaluated in its entirety by both the Wharton or Penn Law and Lauder Admissions Committees.
Yes. Click through to the How to Apply page for detailed information.
The Wharton application with Lauder’s supplemental questions is available each year by the end of August. The JD/MA application will be posted on Lauder’s website by late summer. The Lauder essays will remain the same as last year, and these are currently available on our website.
Both. Lauder interviews are granted by invitation only, based upon a full review of your application. For MBA/MA candidates, applicants must schedule both a Wharton interview, known as the team-based discussion, and a Lauder interview.
Yes, Lauder applicants have the option to interview on-campus in Philadelphia with a Lauder student or off-campus with a Lauder alumnus or member of the Lauder admissions committee. Under special circumstances a phone interview can also be arranged.
The GMAT/GRE or LSAT score is a requirement for admission, so, unfortunately, it cannot be waived. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
All recommendations must be written in English. If they are written in another language, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have them translated by a certified language specialist.
Absolutely! Prospective students interested in applying to Lauder are encouraged to visit us to attend classes, meet with the admissions committee, and talk with current students. Please refer to the Visit page for details.
We also welcome you to join us at one of our admissions events either overseas or within the United States to learn more about Lauder.
Yes. Please schedule your visit in advance to guarantee an opportunity to sit in on classes and join in activities. See the Visit page for contact information.
If an admitted student decides to not to participate in the Lauder program after being accepted into the joint-degree MBA/MA Lauder program, they will need to formally petition to join Wharton only. The petition will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as admission is not automatic.
Yes, you’ll still be considered for the Wharton MBA or Penn Law program if you don’t have a viable application for Lauder.
No. Due to credit hours and scheduling conflicts, applicants applying to the Wharton and Lauder programs may not combine it with other joint programs, including the Healthcare Management program at Wharton.
Yes. If you’re interested in corresponding with a current student, please send an email to email@example.com. Please let us know which Program of Concentration you’re interested in pursuing, and we’ll put you in touch with a current student in that program.
Lauder welcomes reapplicants. OPI scores are valid for only one admissions cycle, so Lauder reapplicants must submit a new OPI score. If you are interested in reapplying please familiarize yourself with Wharton’s and Penn Law’s reapplicant procedures and don’t hesitate to contact Lauder admissions with any questions.
By combining a traditional MBA or JD with a master’s degree in International Studies, the Lauder Institute takes a uniquely integrated and focused approach to preparing future global business leaders. See The Degree to learn more about the benefits of our program.
In lieu of a traditional MA thesis, Lauder students complete team research projects and papers, known collectively as the Global Knowledge Lab (GKL).
So that you graduate in 24 months, right alongside your Wharton or Penn Law classmates! The academic value of starting in May is that you complete some coursework and the summer immersion. See the How It Works section to learn more about how the two years as a Lauder student is structured.
No, the Lauder program cannot be pursued on a part-time basis and can be pursued only in conjunction with the full-time Wharton MBA Program or Penn Law JD Program.