The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, often stereotyped as a “quant school” or “finance school,” has decided to get proactive about improving its students’ writing skills. The Daily Pennsylvanian notes that, while quantitative analytic skills are highly sought, employers also value strong writing and communication skills, areas in which business students often fall short. Wharton’s new writing component seeks to remedy this oversight by requiring all first-year MBA students to complete a noncredit online course on a pass/fail basis, taken in conjunction with the “Management Communication” course.
In addition to being an essential long-term asset for developing robust business communication skills, the ability to articulate ideas and write persuasively will get you ahead in the business school application process. Take a look at our Monday Morning Essay Tips series for advice on what many schools look for in an applicant’s essay and personal statement.