The University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute provides globally-minded business students with a unique and special opportunity to earn an MBA and an MA in International Studies from a world-class university. Established in 1983 by brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder, the program is open to students at The Wharton School and takes 24 months to complete the MBA joint-degree program.
To be accepted into the program, applicants must complete the application and be accepted to The Wharton School. Candidates must also complete a Lauder-specific essay, pass an oral proficiency interview and an interview with for admissions. Applicants must apply by the Round 1 or Round 2 Wharton deadlines to be considered. After beginning in May with four weeks of coursework on campus in Philadelphia, students are placed in “Programs of Concentration” that are geographically based. They then spend eight weeks fully immersed at sites around the globe under the leadership of a faculty director.
There are at least a few obvious benefits to the program. First, the program is elite and rare, drawing on students from around the world. With 50% of the incoming class being international, it gives a unique opportunity to build networks and relationships with top talent from around the world. What’s more, the program reports a 100% job placement rate for its graduates six months after graduation, including students who have started their own ventures.