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The Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 2, 2020.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $47,100

Full-Time Enrollment: 140

International: 40%

Female: 38%

Male: 62%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Round 1: September 17, 2019; Round 2: January 7, 2020

Annual Tuition & Fees: $81,378

Full-Time Enrollment: 856

International: 30%

Female: 47%

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.


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. The two-part experience begins with a three-week trek across the globe, beginning in the United States and traveling across Asia, Africa, and the United Kingdom. Students will interact with scholars and community leaders through a series of lectures, readings, group exercises and more. The second half of the experience is a five-week language component in which students will gain language proficiency in both formal and informal contexts as well as practicing culturally appropriate behavior. Students also engage themselves outside the classroom in field-based language tasks and note-taking on invited lecturers. 

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. 

Contact Information

256 South 37th Street
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6330
Admissions Office:
+1 215 898 1215
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From The School

Founded by brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder in 1983 in honor of their father, Joseph, the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies provides a fully integrated business education to a new generation of leaders coming of age in a rapidly globalizing world.

The Lauder Institute prepares leaders to speak the global language of business, culture, and politics. Fluently. Our students are committed to preparing themselves for a world of specialization, change, and uncertainty. Lauder Institute faculty are not only outstanding teachers but also respected thought leaders whose research and publications sway thinking from academia to the business world.

Our rigorous academic program integrates excellent teaching in tailored arts and sciences coursework with advanced language study and cultural immersion experiences. The unique JD/MA or MBA/MA joint degree program at Lauder was the first of its kind and it has remained in a class by itself.

The Lauder Institute is a cosmopolitan hub at the University of Pennsylvania for students who are passionate about international management issues and global studies. Each class of 70 Lauder students becomes part of a small, tight-knit community. While truly a part of Wharton and Penn, Lauder students benefit from dedicated faculty who deliver a unique curriculum specifically designed to create a fully integrated learning experience. 

Lauder students don’t just study the world from the classroom; they take the classroom to the world. Students begin their Lauder experience with four weeks on the Philadelphia campus followed by an eight-week summer immersion program in cultures abroad. The Global Knowledge Lab (GKL), a practical, yet analytical, research undertaking, also provides students with the opportunity to develop and merge their language, managerial, and cultural skills during travel to multiple global regions.

Like current Lauder Institute students, Lauder Institute alumni can be found around the world. Our graduates are and have been global leaders in their respective fields, from multinational management consulting firms to microfinance operations in emerging economies, from major media and entertainment companies to technology start-ups.

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