Internal Transfer to Wharton

Eligibility, Requirements, and Application

Penn undergraduates interested in transferring to Wharton should review the information below and in the FAQ and then attend one of our internal-transfer/dual-degree information sessions. Students should also meet with their home school advising office as soon as possible to discuss their plans.

Wharton academic advisors are not available to meet with prospective students, and any questions should be directed to undergradinfo@wharton.upenn.edu.

Eligibility

Below are general eligibility requirements for current Penn students seeking to internally transfer into the Wharton School:

  • Penn students who are at the end of their first year (after two semesters) or in the middle of the sophomore year (after the third semester) at Penn are eligible to apply.
  • Students who transferred to Penn from another college or university (external transfers) are not eligible to apply for internal transfer.
  • Students who previously internally transferred to any of Penn’s undergraduate schools or divisions are not eligible to transfer again within the University.
  • Students in Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies are not eligible to apply for internal transfer.

Students must also meet specific academic and course requirements, which are listed below.

Academic Requirements

In addition to the eligibility requirements, there are specific academic requirements and course prerequisites that all students wishing to internally transfer into Wharton must meet:

  • Students applying for internal transfer must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.*
  • Applicants must complete at least four (4) course units (CU) per semester at Penn (fall and spring semesters only).
  • Students can take required courses over the summer as long as those courses are completed prior to applying for entry into Wharton.
  • Classes taken at Penn during summer terms do not count towards the four-CU requirement.
  • Only one course can be taken pass/fail during an academic year. Required courses cannot be taken pass/fail.*
  • Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in required courses to be eligible to apply. Students cannot retake required courses.*
  • All open grading issues (Incompletes, NRs, or GRs) should be resolved within two weeks after the official end of the term.
  • Course waivers, advanced placement credits, and transfer credits must appear on the student’s transcript before the application is submitted.

Course Prerequisites

May Rising-Sophomore Applicants (August Entry)

The following three (3) prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.

  • MATH 1400 (MATH 104) or MATH 1070 ¹ ²
  • ECON 0100 (ECON 001) ¹ ²
  • ECON 0200 (ECON 002) ¹ ²

¹ AP/IB credits and waivers may be used to fulfill these prerequisites.
² Starting with Advance Registration in spring 2022, all course numbers are changing from 3 to 4 numbers/characters. In general, if the old course number was <100, the new course number will be the old number prefaced by a zero. If the old course number was >100, the new course number will be the old number with a zero appended to the end, e.g., ACCT 101 becomes ACCT 1010.

December Sophomore Applicants (January Entry)

Five (5) required courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester (rising second-semester sophomore):

  • MATH 1400 (MATH 104) or MATH 1070 ¹ ²
  • ECON 0100 (ECON 001) ¹ ²
  • ECON 0200 (ECON 002) ¹ ²

And two (2) from the following four options:

  • ACCT 1010 ²
  • BEPP 2500 or ECON 2100 (ECON 101) ²
  • STAT 1010³ or STAT 1020 4 2
  • LGST 1000, LGST 1010, MGMT 1010, or MKTG 1010 ²

¹ AP/IB credits and waivers may be used to fulfill the MATH 1400, ECON 0100, and ECON 0200 prerequisites. Also note that external transfer students seeking a dual degree who have received transfer credit for ECON 0110 (ECON 010), fulfill the ECON 0100 and 0200 prerequisite.

² Starting with Advance Registration in spring 2022, all course numbers are changing from 3 to 4 numbers/characters. In general, if the old course number was <100, the new course number will be the old number prefaced by a zero. If the old course number was >100, the new course number will be the old number with a zero appended to the end, e.g., ACCT 101 becomes ACCT 1010.

³ Please note the following:

  • ESE 3010 or STAT 4300 fulfill this requirement (SEAS students cannot take STAT 1010).
  • Students who have received an AP Statistics waiver from the Statistics Department fulfill the STAT 1010 requirement even if it appears on their transcript under “Penn Equivalent Credit” as “STAT 1110.”
  • Students who have taken STAT 1110 fulfill the STAT 1010 requirement for admission, but they must take STAT 1020 and one additional upper-level statistics course of their choosing to fulfill the Business Fundamentals requirement for statistics.

³ Please note the following:

  • Students who have fulfilled the STAT 1010 requirement may take STAT 1020 (or ESE 4020 or STAT 4310).
  • ESE 4020 or STAT 4310 fulfill this requirement (SEAS students cannot take STAT 1020).

Other Considerations

Please understand that the application process is very selective. Simply having the minimum GPA and meeting the other eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. It important to note that the Admissions Committee will also consider the quality of the answers to the application questions as well as the extent to which the applicant has done the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership and community engagement
  • Explored and challenged themselves academically

Application

Spring Entry

  • Application Deadline: December 15, 11:59 PM
  • Decisions: Before the first day of classes in January

Fall Entry

  • Application Open: April 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: May 15, 11:59 PM
  • Decisions: July

The application link will be posted on this page.

NOTE: The Wharton Undergraduate Division reserves the right to change our internal-transfer admissions policies at any time.


* For any course taken pass/fail in spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021, please be aware of the following:
– The Wharton IT/DD admissions committee will look at the original grade submitted by the course instructor before it was converted to a ‘P.’
– Original grades for courses taken pass/fall in spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 will not be used to recalculate your cumulative GPA for purposes of eligibility.
Courses taken pass/fail during spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 only will not count toward the one-pass/fail-course-per-academic-year maximum.
If you receive a ‘P’ in a required course taken in spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021, you will be eligible to apply. However, the committee will consider the strength of an applicant’s performance in required courses taken pass/fail.