Joseph Wharton Scholars

Founded in 1988, the Joseph Wharton Scholars program is designed to emphasize the importance of scholarly research and the liberal arts and sciences within the framework of a business education. Students in the program are required to take scholars courses both in Wharton and outside of Wharton (in the College of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, and/or Engineering), engage in a significant research project, and participate in a variety of academic, career-oriented, and social activities.

The JWS program is the Wharton component of the Penn-wide Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) program, through which students gain access to BFS Seminars. In addition to the course requirements, students must maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA.

Program Requirements

Single-Degree Students

Single-degree students must complete at least seven classes:

  • WH 150: Evaluating Evidence
  • At least two of the following honors courses:
    • BEPP 250: Managerial Economics (spring only; by application)
    • STAT 430: Probability (or ESE 301), requires MATH 114
    • STAT 431: Mathematical Statistics (or ESE 302), requires MATH 114
    • LGST 101: Introduction to Law and Legal Process (Wharton BFS Seminar)
    • LGST 100: Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (Wharton BFS Seminar)
    • LGST 215: Environmental Management Law and Policy
    • MGMT 101: Introduction to Management (by application)
    • MKTG 101: Introduction to Marketing
    • FNCE 100: Corporate Finance (fall only, by application)
    • FNCE 101: Monetary Economics (with Profs. Siegel or Souleles, spring only, by application)
    • MKTG/STAT 476: Applied Probability Models in Marketing
  • At least three Benjamin Franklin Seminars outside of Wharton
  • WH 399: Joseph Wharton Scholars Senior Research Seminar

Dual-Degree Students

Dual-degree students must complete at least seven classes:

  • WH 150: Evaluating Evidence
  • At least three of the following:*
    • BEPP 250: Managerial Economics (spring only; by application)
    • STAT 430: Probability (or ESE 301), requires MATH 114
    • STAT 431: Mathematical Statistics (or ESE 302), requires MATH 114
    • LGST 101: Introduction to Law and Legal Process (Wharton BFS Seminar)
    • LGST 100: Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (Wharton BFS Seminar)
    • LGST 215: Environmental Management Law and Policy
    • MGMT 101: Introduction to Management (by application)
    • MKTG 101: Introduction to Marketing
    • FNCE 100: Corporate Finance (fall only, by application)
    • FNCE 101: Monetary Economics (with Profs. Siegel or Souleles, spring only, by application)
    • MKTG/STAT 476: Applied Probability Models in Marketing
  • At least two Benjamin Franklin Seminars outside of Wharton
  • WH 399: Joseph Wharton Scholars Senior Research Seminar or thesis course outside of Wharton*

* Note: students who elect to take a non-Wharton thesis course must complete at least four Wharton honors courses.

On-Campus Admissions

Wharton students who were not admitted to JWS during the freshman admission process may apply to the program through on-campus admission at the end of their freshman year in May. Applications can be found on the CURF website. The application deadline is May 15 at 5:00 pm.

JWS Thesis Course (WH 399)

To enroll in WH 399, all JWS students are required to submit a thesis proposal the spring semester before the start of the course.  Applications will be available in spring 2019.

Additional JWS Activities

Joseph Wharton Scholars have access to a variety of social and professional development opportunities:

  • Student-alumni dinners in NYC (fall) and DC (spring)
  • Alumni presentations and chats on campus
  • Mentoring (seniors and juniors with sophomores and freshmen)
  • Social events (e.g., study breaks, bowling, dancing, Phillies games, whitewater rafting)
  • Professional development (coaching for internship and job interviews or alternative career paths)
  • Business site visits