Students filling out the MBA/MA application for The Lauder Institute

Admission Requirements For MBA/MA Applicants

The Lauder Institute’s Joint Admission Process with Wharton School of Business

The Lauder Institute shares a joint application process with the Wharton MBA program. Both the Lauder and Wharton admission committees review the application in its entirety. Because MBA/MA students are admitted jointly into the Lauder Institute and Wharton, students who have been accepted into the Lauder program generally cannot decide after the fact to enroll at Wharton alone.

  • Already admitted to Wharton and interested in Lauder? You can apply to the Lauder program by completing the supplemental application here. Contact the Lauder office directly with questions at
  • Interested in applying to Lauder as an undergraduate or graduate student? You can apply to Wharton and Lauder as part of Wharton’s Deferred Admission Programs.

Lauder MBA/MA Admission Requirements

In addition to the Wharton MBA application, Lauder asks MBA/MA applicants to submit the following information:

Lauder Supplement to the Wharton MBA application: Embedded into the Wharton MBA application, this form requests the candidate’s proposed Program of Concentration within Lauder. It also provides the opportunity to provide the current Oral Proficiency Interview rating(s). Information about language proficiency and international/cross-cultural experience is also requested.

Lauder Essay: Discuss why you are applying to the Lauder program detailing specific reasons for applying to your chosen Program of Concentration and describing how you see yourself benefiting from, and contributing to, the Lauder program overall. (Approximately 800 words.)

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): At least one OPI is required of all Lauder applicants and must be arranged, scheduled, and completed with Language Testing International (LTI). For essential information on the Lauder Institute’s language requirements for admission and graduation, as well as information on how to schedule your OPI(s), click through to Language Testing.

Interview: Lauder interviews are granted by invitation only, based upon a full review of your application. The interview will focus on your international interests and experience, personal qualities, general fit for Lauder, and ability to start and manage the two programs beginning in early May. Applicants selected to interview will receive communication with details on how to arrange both their Lauder and Wharton interview. All accepted MBA/MA students are required to have a Lauder interview as well as a Wharton interview.

Application Deadlines for MBA/MA Applicants

Applicants to the Lauder Institute will be considered for Wharton Round 1 or Round 2. Only applicants applying to Wharton’s Deferred Admissions Programs will be considered in Round 3. Click through for this year’s Lauder MBA/MA application deadlines.

Visit Wharton’s website to learn more about the Wharton MBA admissions process.

Note: An applicant will still be considered for admission to the Wharton MBA program should he or she not gain admission to Lauder. However, applicants who apply jointly to the Wharton and Lauder programs are admitted jointly and requests after an offer an admission to do Wharton only are considered one a case-by-case basis and not granted automatically. In addition, applicants can only apply to one joint-degree program at Wharton, i.e. Wharton and Lauder, not Wharton, Lauder, and Healthcare Management or Wharton, Lauder, and HKS, for example.

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6330