Graduate Study

Wharton prepares you for graduate studies in a number of fields.

If you decide to pursue an advanced degree in any area, Wharton’s undergraduate program gives you the foundation needed to take that next step.

Graduate Options

Many Wharton graduates do not feel the need to pursue an advanced degree, because the knowledge that they gained during undergraduate studies prepared them for the business world so well. In fact, only one-third of our alumni go back for an MBA, even up to 15 years after graduation. Some alumni pursue other degrees and other fields, such as law or medicine, to complement their business knowledge.


Wharton undergraduates have the option of earning an advanced degree in conjunction with their bachelor’s degree. This option is called submatriculation, and it is available for Wharton undergraduates in cooperation with the Penn Law School. Students can qualify for submatriculation if they achieve an outstanding grade point average during the first three years of college, score well on the appropriate qualifying examination, and demonstrate preparation for the academic and social demands of graduate school. Students who submatriculate into this program, begin graduate school during senior year, allowing them to finish the graduate degree faster.

Wharton MBA Deferred Enrollment Program

The Moelis Advance Access Program is a deferred enrollment program that offers students in their final year of undergraduate programs a guaranteed pathway to the Wharton MBA. After admission, admitted students pursue two to four years of work experience before matriculating in Wharton’s full-time MBA program.