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About the MBA Program Office

The staff of the MBA Program Office (MBAPO) is dedicated to providing you with the best possible educational environment. To this end, we strive to ensure that you have the assistance that is essential to the delivery of the MBA program through timely information flows, the establishment of a strong support network, and the encouragement of student involvement in Wharton life.

Our Role in Academic Life
We are committed to being the best service organization of our kind, providing the highest levels of courtesy, responsiveness, and professionalism. We will work toward fairness and consistency in the design and implementation of our policies, while still providing attention to students’ individual needs. The academic policies and functions of our office are designed in concert with other offices, faculty, and students. Our responsibilities include:

  • Organizing Pre-Term
  • Managing course registration and the auction
    • Course scheduling
    • Setting the academic calendar
  • Maintaining student records;
    • Monitoring of students’ program requirements, majors, and waivers
    • Academic honors
    • Degree audits
    • Graduation
  • Managing tuition charges
  • Directing international programs
  • Publishing primary sources of information
    • MBA Resource Guide
    • MBA Bulletins
    • Get Started
    • Waiver Information and Exam Guides
    • MBA Program Office website

Our Advising Role
One of our most important roles is as advisors. We advise on academic issues (e.g., course selection), more personal issues (e.g., stress about academic or other problems), and the mundane (e.g., how to find your exam schedule). Think of our office as your life help center – even if we don’t know the answers, we know where you can find them. Our advising role includes:

  • Academic and program reviews
  • Dual degree advising
  • Tutor referrals
  • Course selection
  • Information about other Penn resources

Our Role in Student Activities
We create opportunities for cultivating and maintaining a strong sense of community. Students who actively engage in Wharton activities experience first-hand this sense of community and help to promote a richer overall Wharton experience. We facilitate student involvement through our work with:

  • Lecture Series
  • Conferences
  • School-wide social events
  • Graduation
  • Wharton Graduate Association officers and clubs
  • The MBA Pub

Who We Are
Our staff is available to assist you. You can schedule an appointment to see an advisor, but we can also frequently see you on a walk-in basis. We are located at 300 Jon M. Huntsman Hall and are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our telephone number is 215.898.7604. If you have a question after hours, please feel free to contact us at mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu.

Cindy Armour
Cindy Armour
Laurin Frierson
Natalya Levina
Stephan Dieckmann
Deputy Vice Dean
Cindy Armour
Administrative Support
Michael Peterson
Director, Academic Operations
Laurin Frierson
Administrative Support
Natalya Levina
Associate Director
Lisa Rudi
Tanya Ryzik
Christine Sweeney
Amy Miller
Associate Director
Lisa Rudi
Associate Director
Tanya Ryzik
Data Coordinator
Cathy Shankman
Records Coordinator