Deferred Enrollment and Submatriculation Programs

Wharton MBA Deferred Enrollment

The Moelis Advance Access Program is a deferred enrollment program that offers students in their final year of undergraduate study 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.

The first years of full-time work include a range of exciting and challenging opportunities, experiences, and decisions. Deferred MBA programs offer the opportunity to secure a guaranteed seat at a top MBA program two or more years down the road so that you can pursue these early years with increased confidence and risk-tolerance.

The program seeks students who are ambitious, innovative, and prepared to use a sense of professional liberty to maximize their early career experiences while impacting the world. Students from all academic fields and disciplines are encouraged to apply, and the program accepts a highly selective cohort of students, named Moelis Fellows, whose academic and career interests expand the traditional notions of business education.

Submatriculation and Accelerated Master’s Programs

Wharton undergraduates have the option of earning an advanced degree in conjunction with their bachelor’s degree. This option is called submatriculation or an accelerated master’s and is available for Wharton undergraduates in cooperation with the Penn Law School or Penn Engineering.

Penn Engineering—The design of the Accelerated Master’s (AM) degree is for students to take up graduate courses along with their undergraduate courses and requirements as their schedule permits. Students are not encouraged to complete the master’s at the same time as the undergraduate degree. At no time should an undergraduate student be enrolled in more than 50% of graduate level courses for the graduate degree in a single term.

Penn Law School—A student may obtain a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a JD in six years. Students interested in the submatriculation option apply during their junior year. If accepted, during the fourth year of college a submatriculating student takes a different series of courses from regular students. Students interested in any of the submatriculation programs should see an academic advisor during the sophomore year to design the appropriate program of study.

Students who submatriculate into the Law School take all of their first-year law courses during the fourth year of college and then complete their Wharton requirements during the second and third years of law school.

To qualify for submatriculation, students must achieve an outstanding grade point average during the first three years of college, score well on the appropriate qualifying examination (e.g., LSAT for the Law School) and demonstrate preparation for the academic and social demands of graduate school. Applicants for submatriculation must meet eligibility requirements and have the approval of the Wharton Undergraduate Division. The admissions offices of the graduate school involved make admissions decisions for their program.

Advanced students may also submatriculate in master’s and PhD programs in other schools, including Arts and Sciences and the Fels Institute of Government. Students should consult individual programs for information.