Wharton PHD Submatriculation Program

The goal of the program is to allow selected Wharton undergraduates the opportunity to submatriculate into one of Wharton’s Ph.D. programs directly from the undergraduate program.

Application and Admissions

As with other submatriculation programs, interested students will apply during the spring of their junior year, and admission to the program will be based on grades in the first three years of college, as well as scores on the appropriate standardized test(s) and the other usual admissions criteria. Applications will be considered by the admissions committees of the specific department to which the student is applying, and will be considered as part of the general pool of applications that department has received for the following year’s incoming class. Students applying to the program must be within 4 CU’s of graduation with the Bachelor of Science degree at the end of the junior year.

Students who apply to submatriculate would be considered in the same pool as other applicants to the Ph.D. program and would be judged on the same criteria. Like other applicants, candidates will be required to take the GMAT or GRE test, and their performance in terms of undergraduate grades, test scores, and evidence of promise as a scholar must be comparable with those of other applicants.

No particular goal will be set for the number of students accepted for submatriculation into the Ph.D. program. The number of accepted students will depend upon the size and quality of the applicant pool, for both submatriculants and regular applicants, in any given year.

Structure of the Program

Once admitted to the program, a student will spend the fourth year in introductory doctoral classes. Whenever possible, in addition to counting towards the course requirements for the Ph.D., those classes will also be used to finish any remainaing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. During the fourth year, however, the submatriculating student will retain undergraduate status for registration and financial aid purposes, i.e., the student will retain an undergraduate ID, will register through SRS as an undergraduate, and will continue to receive financial aid as an undergraduate. After successful completion of the first year of doctoral study, the student will graduate from the bachelor’s program. After that point, the student will have doctoral student status for registration and ID purposes and will receive financial aid like all other Ph.D. students.

Once the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are completed, the student will take only doctoral level courses, as normally required of the Ph.D. students. After the fourth year, the student will graduate from the Undergraduate Division and will be a regular Ph.D. student.

Students may submatriculate into a Ph.D. program in any of the followings: Accounting, Finance, Health Care Systems, Insurance and Risk Management, Management, Marketing, Operations and Information Management, Business and Public Policy and Statistics.


Once a student has matriculated into a particular Ph.D. program, s/he will be expected to complete all of the normal requirements for the doctorate in that department. The exact program of study will vary depending upon the department in which the student is pursuing the degree. If a student fails to perform satisfactorily, the same policies for dealing with the situation may be applied as with all other Ph.D. students.