Wharton EMBA Recommendation Questions

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notbale Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

Download Wharton EMBA Recommendation Questions 2017-18

This recommendation form is for the Wharton MBA 2017-18 application season. Generally speaking recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2018-19 application season. When the 2018-19 application goes live the download file and this page will be updated.

Wharton requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.

The Admissions Committee requires two online recommendations from colleagues who are familiar with your work. Optimal sources for recommendations are your direct managers, who can give insight to the Committee on you as an employee. Other useful sources are clients or former employers.
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A common myth is to have the most senior individual at an organization complete the recommendation. In reality, obtaining a recommendation from someone who can share broad themes coupled with specific work examples is most advantageous.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Wharton application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Wharton’s online recommendation form.

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I Wharton EMBA Letter of Recommendation

Wharton provides recommenders with text boxes in the online form so that they can directly respond to six recommendation questions. In addition, Wharton provides a file upload button at the end of the online form which they’ve labelled ‘Optional Essay’. It’s all a little confusing because Wharton provides the following prompt:

If you would like to upload a supplemental Word or PDF document, please do so here. We ask that you complete the Summary Appraisal ratings (note from fxMBAConsulting – this is the Assessment Grid) within the preceding Applicant Assessment section of this recommendation form and address all of the questions asked in the Applicant Assessment section in your letter. You may also use your letter as a supplement to your answers in that section.

The instructions may be a little confusing for your recommenders. To simplify, I’d suggest using I suggest using one of the following two strategies:

  • Recommender prepares answers to Wharton’s six recommendation questions and then copies and pastes their answers into the ‘Applicant Assessment’ section of Wharton’s online recommendation form
  • Recommender prepares and uploads a PDF document in the ‘Optional Essay’ section. The document contains Wharton’s six recommendation questions clearly bolded and your recommender’s response beneath each question.

Wharton allows recommenders to supply additional comments that fall outside of the six recommendation questions but I don’t recommend it. There’s no word limit on the six recommendation questions and your recommender should limit themselves to those six questions.

There is no word limit.

Please respond to the following questions using the fields provided.

  1. What is your relationship to the applicant, and how long have you known him/her? (no word limit)

  2. How has the applicant’s career progressed during the time you have known or worked with him/her? Please be as specific as possible. (no word limit)

  3. In your opinion, what is the applicant’s most outstanding quality? What makes this applicant an exceptional colleague or employee? Please use specific examples to demonstrate these qualities. (no word limit)

  4. Please discuss the applicant’s weaknesses and the efforts, if any, the applicant has made to improve in these areas. (no word limit)

  5. Please discuss your observations concerning the applicant’s leadership skills. Please cite specific situations that demonstrate the applicant’s leadership abilities. (no word limit)

  6. What is your impression of the candidate’s ability to work closely with others? Please describe a specific situation that illustrates the candidate’s ability to work in group project environments. (no word limit)


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II Notable Wharton EMBA Recommendation Questions

There are no notable questions in the Wharton EMBA recommendation form aside from typical questions (Name, Address, Phone etc.).


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III Wharton EMBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please give us your appraisal of the applicant in terms of the qualities listed below. Please compare the applicant with others whom you know to have applied to graduate school or with individuals in your organization who are being groomed for positions in senior management.

The Wharton assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • No Basis for Judgment
  • Below Average
  • Average (middle 50%)
  • Good (top 25%)
  • Very Good (top 10%)
  • Outstanding (top 5%)

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • General Ability
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Judgment
  • Maturity
  • Creative Qualities
  • Sense of Humor
  • Initiative
  • Self-Discipline
  • Team Work
  • Leadership Potential
  • Analytical Skills
  • Verbal Skills
  • Future Managerial or Business Success
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