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 at the same time. 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/MA joint-degree program.
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, the Middle East, and 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.