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Frequently Asked Questions





Is there a joint application?

Yes. Because the three-year Carey JD/MBA Program is an integrated program, you will submit a single, joint application. You will submit the JD/MBA application via the Wharton application portal, which consists of the Wharton MBA application and a University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School supplement. Members of admissions committees from both schools review the application. Application instructions are available here


Is there an Early Decision application option?

Yes. The Early Decision deadlines for JD/MBA applicants are the same as the regular deadlines for Round 1 and Round 2 of the Wharton MBA application timeline. There is an option to select Early Decision within the JD/MBA application. Early Decision is binding, meaning you are committed to enrolling at Penn if you are accepted. If you submit an Early Decision application to the Carey JD/MBA Program, you cannot apply Early Decision to any other program or school. Early Decision is therefore meant for students who are confident that the Carey JD/MBA Program is their first choice. 


Is it possible to be admitted to one school and not the other?

No. Applicants to the three-year JD/MBA program will receive a single, joint decision.


If I am admitted to the three-year JD/MBA program, may I then decide to attend only one school?

No. Given the unique nature of the program, applicants to the three-year JD/MBA program may not, after receiving an offer of admission, decide to enroll in one school and not the other (i.e., an applicant may not choose to only attend Wharton and not the Law School, or vice versa, after a joint decision has been rendered). 


If I am admitted, may I defer my enrollment?

No. Deferrals are not granted for the three-year JD/MBA program, except in extreme extenuating circumstances and except for applicants who apply to the JD/MBA program via the Moelis Advance Access Program, Wharton’s deferred admission program.


Can I apply to the Carey JD/MBA Program via the Moelis Advance Access Program?

Yes. Learn more about Wharton’s deferred admission program, the Moelis Advance Access Program. Please note that students who are accepted to the Carey JD/MBA Program via the Moelis Advance Access Program are required to take a two year deferral.

Students who have already been admitted to the Wharton MBA via the Moelis Advance Access Program can apply to the Carey JD/MBA during their deferral period. To learn more about this process, please email


Can I apply to the three-year JD/MBA program during my 1L year at the Law School?

Yes. You can apply to the three-year Carey JD/MBA Program as a 1L at the Law School. However, you may not apply as a 1L at another law school and transfer into the program. All applicants are required to apply during Round 1 or Round 2 of the Wharton MBA application timeline.


Can I apply to the three-year JD/MBA program during my 2L year at the Law School, or during my first year at Wharton?

No. However, you can apply to the four-year JD/MBA program.


How many years of work experience do applicants typically have?

Prior work experience is not an explicit requirement, and every application is reviewed holistically. However, we highly encourage JD/MBA applicants to have a chapter of full-time professional experience prior to applying. Our students have an average of four to five years of post-college work experience.


Who should write my recommendations?

We require two letters of recommendation. Please submit at least one professional letter of recommendation, preferably from a current or former supervisor. Your second recommendation can be either professional or academic, and should also be from an individual who is well acquainted with your performance. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through both the Wharton application portal and the LSAC system. We advise asking your recommenders to complete the Wharton recommendation form first, and then uploading a duplicate copy to LSAC.




What is the typical JD/MBA cohort size?

Each JD/MBA cohort typically consists of about 15 to 20 students.


What is the typical course of study?

Students in the three-year JD/MBA program must fulfill the degree requirements of both the Law School and Wharton and complete the JD/MBA capstone course. Learn more about the curriculum and degree requirements


What is the JD/MBA capstone?

Learn more about the JD/MBA capstone course here


Will I have an academic advisor?

Yes. JD/MBA students will work with an academic advisor at the Law School and an academic advisor at Wharton.


Do JD/MBA students select a Wharton major?

Yes. All JD/MBA students select a major at Wharton. See the JD/MBA degree requirements and the list of Wharton MBA majors and specialties for more information.


Does the three-year JD/MBA program replace the four-year JD/MBA program model at Penn?

No. A four-year program is still in place for students who want a broader business or law curriculum. Learn more about the four-year JD/MBA program model here


May I switch from the three-year JD/MBA program model to the four-year JD/MBA program model, or vice versa?

No. JD/MBA students are to remain in the program model to which they were admitted.




Are career services offered for JD/MBA students?

Yes. Each school has an active career services office which JD/MBA students are encouraged to utilize to explore their career options. Activities hosted by both offices throughout the year include resume reviews, mock interviews, industry chats, networking functions, and more. 


Is there an alumni network?

Yes. The JD/MBA Alumni Association connects program alumni.


Financial Aid


What is the tuition for the three-year program?

The three-year JD/MBA program has its own tuition model. Learn more about tuition and financial aid here.


Is financial aid offered?

JD/MBA students are eligible to be considered for financial aid from both Wharton and the Law School. Learn more about tuition and financial aid here.


Additional Information


Where can I learn more about the Carey JD/MBA Program?

Attend an event - on campus, on the road, or online. Please contact us with any additional questions about the program.


Can I speak with a current JD/MBA student?

You can learn more about some of our current students and connect with them via email on our student profiles page.


Can I visit campus and attend a class?

Applicants are welcome to visit both the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Wharton School. Class visits often are offered within the visit programs of each school. The Carey JD/MBA Program hosts on-campus information sessions through the Wharton Campus Visit Program during the fall and spring semesters.