The University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute provides globally-minded business students with a unique opportunity to earn an MBA and an MA in International Studies from a globally recognized university. Established in 1983 by brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder, the program is open to students at The Wharton School; the MBA/MA joint-degree program takes 24 months to complete. Throughout the program, students learn about multiple aspects of cultural and global diversity.
To be accepted into the program, applicants must complete the Wharton application along with the Lauder supplemental application, which is embedded to the Wharton online application. Candidates complete a Lauder specific essay, pass an oral proficiency interview, provide information on their international exposure, and participate in an admissions interview (upon invitation.)Applicants must apply by the Round 1 or Round 2 Wharton deadlines to be considered.
Applicants also choose a Program of Concentration when applying to Lauder. The six Programs of Concentration are Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, South Asia/Middle East/North Africa, and the Global Program. The regionally focused programs also require the pursuit of a target language spoken in the region. For applicants to the Global program and Africa/Anglophone program, superior level fluency in one language other than English is required for admission.
AN IMMERSIVE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
The Lauder Institute provides immersive experiences for students seeking to move through different communities and connect on a global scale. Although there are multiple ventures available for students to take advantage of, Lauder’s required eight-week summer immersion experience takes students across the globe to immerse themselves in varied cultural contexts. Students will interact with scholars and community leaders through a series of lectures, readings, group exercises and more.
Students apart of the MBA/MA program will also enroll in two Lauder International Ventures during their two years. These ventures take place during Winter and Spring break. Lauder’s International Ventures are led by faculty and take students on an immersive journey that focuses on a theme relevant to a site’s historical, economic, political, social, and cultural context. These themes often have to do with one’s chosen concentration.
The Global Knowledge Lab (GKL) takes the place of a traditional master’s thesis. In cross-language teams of four, students create a team report and an individual paper while conducting research and collecting data. GKL projects offer a more comprehensive knowledge of their Lauder language and its relationship to the globalized economy.