Top Business School, Wharton, Offers a New Path to Experience

For many students, a Master’s in Business might seem appealing, but also out of reach. To be a competitive applicant, one needs quality experience on their resume. How does one get enough experience to even apply? One of the world’s top business schools, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has addressed this conundrum with a new program: The Moelis Advanced Access Program. We spoke with Jake Kohler at UPenn to learn more.

The Moelis Advance Access Program is a deferred admission program that offers both undergraduate and full-time master’s students in their final year of study a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of quality work experience. The program seeks students who are innovative, intellectually curious, and ready to take professional risks while impacting the world. Students from all academic fields and disciplines are encouraged to apply, and the program will accept a highly selective cohort of students, named Moelis Fellows, whose academic and career interests expand the traditional notions of business education.

The Moelis Advance Access Program is specifically designed to attract candidates from all academic backgrounds. You can see in the profile of our recently enrolled cohort of Moelis Fellows, about 43% of students had a STEM major, 26% had a humanities or social sciences major, and 31% had a business, finance, or economics major.

An MBA is not a degree for only those that see themselves in traditional business fields. Growing numbers of leaders in the public sector, such as policy and education, innovators creating their own start-ups, and brilliant minds in engineering and science fields see that learning how to implement new ideas, disrupt markets, and lead organizations require an MBA. If you see yourself potentially exploring any of these far-reaching paths in the future, then learning about the value of an MBA and the different admissions programs (i.e., deferred admissions in your final year of study or regular admissions after several years of work experience) is a great place to start!”

To speak directly with Jake, we encourage you to attend the virtual info session on Thursday, November 5!

By Hillary Nienhouse
Hillary Nienhouse Assistant Director, Employer Relations Hillary Nienhouse