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Welcome Incoming Wharton Doctoral Programs Students!

Welcome to WDP! Below you will find resources to help you transition into the University of Pennsylvania. Please read each section and link carefully.

Important Information for New Wharton Doctoral Students

Please note: Due to COVID-19, there may be impacts and updates to the information below.

On April 13th, 2020 the University announced that all summer courses and in-person programs must be delivered remotely or online. There will be no summer programs offered in-person on campus, including summer camps and summer courses.

PennKey Information

A  PennKey and password are required to access many of the University’s electronic services.

After you submit your enrollment decision forms your information will be entered into the University of Pennsylvania’s records.  You will be sent a letter (either via email or regular mail – the system is transitioning between the two) with your password and login information instructing you on how to get your Penn Key (generally 2 to 3 weeks).

Your PennKey will allow you to access a variety of Penn systems such as registering for courses, viewing your transcripts, signing up for health insurance and a variety of other services. Links to the PennKey system are below.

Note: If have previously enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania (e.g., you obtained your undergraduate degree here), continue to use the PennKey login and password you were originally issued.

Please let the Doctoral Programs office know if you have any problems or questions.

PennKey Home

http://www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey/

If you are a new student, a PennKey Setup Code will be automatically mailed to you. https://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/pennKeyRequest/jsp/fast.do

If you have previously been enrolled as a University of Pennsylvania student (e.g., undergraduate, other graduate work) you should use the PennKey information used at that time.

You may have to wait one to two business days for your registration information to make its way through the University system to access some university sites.

International Students

The University may have updates that will impact incoming international students. Students will be emailed directly of these updates.  

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) aims to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at Penn.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ for Incoming International Students: https://global.upenn.edu/isss/coronavirus-covid-19-faq-incoming-international-students

Penn ISSS: http://global.upenn.edu/isss

Pre-Arrival: http://global.upenn.edu/isss/prearrival

Mandatory New International Student Check-In Requirements: http://global.upenn.edu/isss/orientation

Getting started at Penn for incoming international students: http://global.upenn.edu/isss/getting-started

To contact ISSS: http://global.upenn.edu/isss/about

Obtaining Your Wharton E-Mail Address

Once you have received your PennKey information, you should be able to receive your Wharton Email address, Wharton User Name and Password information.

Please contact your departmental Wharton Computing IT representatives to obtain your email address.  You can find your departmental IT contact email addresses below.

The Doctoral Programs office will use your Wharton email address as the main form of contact. Please have email forwarded to your Wharton account or use your Wharton email address to ensure that you are receiving all information from the Doctoral Programs office as well as your department.

Make sure you have completed the necessary steps to activate your Penn Key before contacting your department IT.  In your email to your departmental rep, please include:

  • Your Full Name
  • 8 – digit PENN ID Number
  • Penn Key Username
  • University Status (PhD/Doctoral)
  • Department

Please note: Your PennKey will also be your Wharton email address, which cannot be changed.

Program Department IT Email
Accounting accounting_it@wharton.upenn.edu
Applied Economics beppcomputing@wharton.upenn.edu
Legal Studies & Business Ethics lgst-computing@wharton.upenn.edu
Finance fnce-computing@wharton.upenn.edu
Health Care Management & Economics hcmgcomputing@wharton.upenn.edu
Management MGMT-Helpdesk@wharton.upenn.edu
Marketing mktg-itstaff@wharton.upenn.edu
Operations, Information, and Decisions oid-computing@wharton.upenn.edu
Statistics stat-computing@wharton.upenn.edu

Useful Websites

Below are some links to University and Wharton sites that you may find useful. You will need to login with your University of Pennsylvania PennKey or your Wharton Login and Password to access some of the sites.

Penn Portal (PennKey Required)

http://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/penn_portal/view.php

  • A university gateway to site which you can customize
  • Provides links to many services available throughout the University
  • Links to clubs
  • View transcripts
  • University announcements
  • Links to Health Insurance and SHS (enrollment for health insurance not available until July 1st, an email will be sent out notifying incoming students at that time)

Penn in Touch (PennKey Required)

https://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/penn_portal/intouch/splash.html

Penn InTouch is the University’s student gateway to academic, financial and profile information, including:

  • Online registration and schedule planning tools
  • Academic records and transcript orders
  • Student billing and payment information
  • Financial aid application status and awards
  • Student loan application status, disbursements and loan history
  • Student employment/work-study information and job listings
  • Updating your emergency contacts and address information
  • Privacy settings for release of academic and financial information to parents and others
  • Direct Deposit enrollment for student refunds and work-study payroll

Campus Express (PennKey Required)

http://campusexpress.upenn.edu/

  • You can access various services available to students
  • Confirm any on-campus housing you’ve selected
  • Choose your meal plan, purchase your new computer
  • Apply for a Penn pass or parking permit

Doctoral Inside

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/doctoral-inside/index.cfm

This site is specifically for Wharton Doctoral Programs Students and provides a wealth of information on program requirements, important dates & upcoming events, etc.

Graduate Student Center

http://www.gsc.upenn.edu/

 Academic Calendar

http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/3yearcal.html

Student Housing

You may need your Penn ID Number, or your Penn Key and Login for some of the sites.

If you have any questions about housing, please contact the Housing offices.

Fall Housing

Please contact the divisions below directly as COVID-19 may impact fall housing.

Off-Campus Services

Please contact the divisions below directly as COVID-19 may impact fall housing.

Summer Housing

Please contact the divisions below directly as COVID-19 may impact summer housing.

Penn’s Off-Campus Housing Fair Hosted by Penn Off-Campus Services: https://upenn.vfairs.com/

The Graduate Student Center will host an online session to help students learn about their options for living on-campus or off-campus, housing for students with families, and the resources provided to help them make the right selection. To learn more about the online session and to register for the session: https://gsc.upenn.edu/resources/new-students/new-student-orientation

Health Insurance and Immunization

All Wharton PhD students are required to submit Immunization and Health History forms. You can obtain student health forms now and you will be able to sign up for health insurance July 1, 2020.

All of this information can be found on the Student Health Service website (http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/index.php), but more specific links are provided below. You will need your Penn Key to access these systems.

Important: You will not be able to register for classes if you do not have the required Health forms submitted

Please let the Doctoral Programs office know if you have any questions.

Immunization Compliance

The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information online. You also are required to fill out 2 personal health questionnaires and electronically sign a consent form.  This is done through a secure website. The requirements and instructions can be found here:  http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/immunization.php.

Please note: Failure to meet the requirements will result in denial of student registration privileges.

Insurance Compliance

Available: The enrollment/waiver site for academic year 20-21 will open to all students on July 1, 2020 and will close on August 31, 2020.

All University of Pennsylvania students are required to have Health Insurance.  Full-time and dissertation status students must enroll in the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) or provide proof of acceptable alternative coverage.  If proof is not provided, students will be automatically enrolled in the PSIP.

As noted in your offer letters and on the Wharton Doctoral Programs Website all admitted doctoral student’s fellowships cover Health Insurance. Please confirm with your department’s Business Administrator if you have any questions about the terms of your fellowship.

If you are interested in obtaining summer coverage, check with your department for their policy on payment for early coverage.

1)  Student Immunization Record and Student Medical History Questionnaire

Available: Now

The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information.

You also are required to fill out two personal health questionnaires and electronically sign a consent form. This is done through a secure website. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2020.

Failure to meet the requirements will result in denial of student registration privileges.

Please the Student Health Services web site for further information:

 2)  Health Insurance (PENN Key Needed)

Available: July 1, 2020

All University of Pennsylvania students are required to have Health Insurance.  If you are interested in obtaining summer coverage, check with your department for their policy on payment for early coverage.

Full-time and dissertation status students must enroll in the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) or provide proof of acceptable alternative coverage.  If proof is not provided, students will be automatically enrolled in the PSIP.  Students may file their selection on-line through the Penn Portal beginning on July 1.

YOU CANNOT SIGN UP BEFORE JULY 1, IF YOU TRY YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ERROR MESSAGE.

Dental Insurance

Dental Insurance Subsidy for PhD students

The Office of the Provost subsidizes 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students. The program is administered by the Graduate Student Center and Penn Dental.

Click here to learn more about the dental subsidy. 

 

Math Camps and Tech Camp

Wharton Doctoral Programs offers summer camps for our incoming students to help prepare you for your future course work.  Not all departments require their students to participate, so please consult your department’s program coordinator to find out if you should sign up.

Please be aware the Economics Math Camp, Wharton Math Camp and Wharton Tech Camp will be hosted online. There will be no summer program held on-campus or in-person for Summer 2020. 

Below you will find some preliminary information about Wharton’s summer Math Camp, the alternative is the more extensive Math Camp (ECON 897) offered by the Economics department and Wharton’s OIDD 912 – a six week follow up course offered this fall.

In addition to the Math Camps, Tech Camp is suited for any student wanting to improve his/her skills acquiring, cleaning, manipulating, and transferring data.

If you have any questions, please let the Doctoral Programs office know.

 Wharton Doctoral Programs – Summer Math Camp

What is it?

  • Preparation for core courses in applied economics and statistics.
  • Will cover the basics of optimization theory and perhaps offer a short two lecture sequence on probability theory as well.
  • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.

Who will/should take it?

  • All students planning to take the Economics 681-682 sequence will be expected to have mastered this material, either from prior course work or by passing the Math Camp “final” exam.
  • Students who are directed to do so by their program’s PhD coordinator.

When is it?

  • Dates: 8/7/20 – 8/26/20
  • Time: MWF 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Instructor: Tolga Dizdarer, Email: dizdarer@wharton.upenn.edu
  • Final Exam Date: August 28, 2020.

Cost/Fee:

  • There is no fee for Wharton’s math camp.

Registration: https://wharton.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8w1Tn3Gxc63te5

Syllabus & Website: https://canvas.upenn.edu/courses/1526908

OIDD 912

What is it?

  • A continuation of the Summer Math Camp, optimization as a six-week Q1 mini-course that will do constrained optimization, convexity and quasi-convexity, the maximum theorem, and dynamic programming.
  • This is a ½ credit course and will appear on your transcript

Who should take it?

  • All students planning to take Economics 681-682 sequence will be expected to have mastered this material, either from prior course work or by passing the Math Camp “final” exam.
  • Students who are directed to do so by their program coordinator.

When is it?

  • Fall 2020, date, time, location and instructor to be announced.

Cost/Fee:

  • Fees and associated costs should handled by the departments like any other class.

ECON 897 – Alternative to Wharton’s Summer Math Camp

What is it?

  • Students who wish take the Economics Department summer math camp are free to enroll in that course as alternative preparation.

Who should take it?

  • Students wishing to take Economics 701-703 should consider taking the Economics Department’s summer math camp.
  • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.
    • Dates: July 7 – August 20, 2020: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
    • Hours: 10:00AM – Noon and 1:30 – 3:30PM each day
    • Final (Waiver) Exam: August 24, 2020, 9AM

Cost/Fee:

  • $2000.00 – The payment of fees for Econ 897 varies by department, with some departments paying the entire fee, some departments paying half of the fee, and others placing the responsibility upon the incoming student.  Please contact your department for its policy.

Website/Registration

Wharton Doctoral Programs – Tech Camp

What is it?

  • It’s suited for any student wanting to improve his/her skills acquiring, cleaning, manipulating, and transferring data.
  • Will be useful to a wide range of students interested in empirical research.
  • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.

Who will/should take it?

  • This camp is offered to both new and returning students.

When is it?

Cost/Fee: There is no fee for Wharton’s tech camp.

Registration: https://wharton.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beK6IzEMut1dQTX

Diversity and Inclusion

Business research is driven by innovations contributed by a diverse population of cultures and identities.  At Wharton Doctoral Programs, our community is filled with global voices expressing divergent views and opinions. Our creative students are encouraged to find common ground in solving challenging problems by sharing their unique perspectives, equally respected and valued.

Join us in celebrating multiculturalism.

We are committed to providing students the support and mentorship to succeed as individuals, as doctoral students, and, ultimately, as academic leaders in their fields.

Below are resources for students, allies, and advocates.

Fontaine Society

In 1970 an endowment was established posthumously in honor of Dr. William Fontaine, Professor of Philosophy, the first African-American appointed to the Standing Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. From its inception, the endowment, known as the “Fontaine Fellowship” has been used to advance the University’s goals related to enrolling a diverse student body and fostering a vibrant intellectual environment. Today, the Fontaine Society is comprised of nearly 400 current PhD students spanning a wide range of disciplines.

PhD Project

The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that increasing the diversity of business school faculty could propel advancements in workplace diversity . Today, our expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities support Black/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.

Each November, Wharton Doctoral Programs attends the PhD Project Conference in Chicago. The goals of the Conference are to inform and educate attendees about all aspects of a business doctoral program, and to encourage them to pursue a career in business research and academia. The conference welcomes participation from current PhD Project members and alumni. In addition, the PhD Project hosts area conferences each summer. To learn about area conferences: https://www.phdproject.org/news-events/calendar-of-events/.  For a calendar of Summer 2020 area conferences, click here. 

Wharton Society for the Advancement of Women in Business Academia (WSAWBA)

WSAWBA is a Wharton PhD student-run group that provides professional development and social support for women in business academia. Women working to build a research career in a business-related field can face unique challenges, and we work towards identifying and addressing them through events throughout the year.  Since our inception in 2013, our hope has been to connect scholars across years and disciplines to create a formal support network to encourage their continued professional success.

Connect to Diversity Resources at Penn

For more information on pre-doctoral training and Wharton Doctoral recruitment activities including IDDEAS@Wharton, Leadership Alliance and SUMR@Penn LDI, click here.

We welcome your ideas and encourage you to express concerns as we continue to foster diversity, promote a sense of belonging for all individuals, and eliminate the harmful divisions and fractures that lead to discrimination and injustice among individuals and groups in our communities.

If you would like to submit feedback or questions to the Doctoral Programs office (name optional) or schedule a time to meet with the Vice Dean, please use this form: Wharton Doctoral Programs Feedback Form.

Support for Families, Partners & Spouses

Students in Wharton Doctoral Programs have the option of registering their partners in various Penn programs, which provides partners with a number of benefits as members of the Penn community. Please be aware COVID-19 may impact any on-campus or in-person resources below:

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Wharton!

Thrive at Penn

Students’ well-being and safety is our top priority at Wharton Doctoral Programs and across the University. There are a range of resources on campus that provide you guidance and support, if needed at any time.

All incoming Wharton Doctoral students will be enrolled in an online Canvas course to learn about the policies, resources and contacts which support students’ safety across campus. You will be enrolled in the course, THRIVE AT PENN, in mid-July.

The University has created the videos below to learn more about the resources available to all Penn students.

Wellness for Graduate & Professional Students

Healthy Relationships & Sexual Violence Prevention for Graduate and Professional Students 

Graduate Student Center Checklist

The Graduate Student Center (GSC) provides helpful information for new students to Penn: https://gsc.upenn.edu/resources/new-students

GSC also offers online sessions for incoming and new students: https://gsc.upenn.edu/resources/new-students/new-student-orientation

GSC  has put together a helpful checklist to help prepare incoming graduate students: https://gsc.upenn.edu/resources/new-students/new-student-checklist-faq

Please be aware that the following items from the GSC checklist DO NOT apply to Wharton Doctoral students:

Financial Aid

Wharton Doctoral Student receive a full stipend, tuition and health insurance. Financial aid does not apply to WDP students. If you have financial question, please feel free to contact your department’s Business Administrator.

Email

You will need to contact your department’s IT department representative to have a Wharton email account created. You will need your PennID and PennKey to set up email. See more instruction in the email section below.

When you receive your Wharton email account, please notify the Doctoral Programs office (doctoral-programs@wharton.upenn.edu).

Penn Pay

This does not apply to WDP students. Please contact your department’s Business Administrator if you will be receiving billing.

PennCard

The PennCard is the official University identification card for students.

The PennCard Center is closed until further notice. For Coronavirus information and updates for the University, please consult coronavirus.upenn.edu.

Click here to visit the PennCard website

Please see below for upcoming dates to be aware for first year PhD Students.  More information will follow as we move closer to the dates.

If dates and times change due to COVID-19, information below will be updated.

 

ECON 897 Math Camp
http://economics.sas.upenn.edu/graduate-program/course-information/summer-math-camp
7/6/2020-8/20/2020
Final Exam – 8/24/2020
MTWRF, 10AM-12PM, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wharton PhD Math Camp
Registration form:
https://wharton.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCvOiIFQDvmSEYd
Syllabus & Website:
https://canvas.upenn.edu/courses/1526908
8/7/2020-8/26/2020
Final Exam – 8/28/2020
MWF, 1:30PM-3PM
Wharton Tech Camp
Registration form:
https://wharton.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beK6IzEMut1dQTX
Syllabus & Website:
https://canvas.upenn.edu/courses/1527101
8/7/2020-8/26/2020
MWF, 10A:30M-12:00PM
Wharton Doctoral Orientation
8/31/2020
First Day of Classes 9/1/2020

Have a question? Please email Wharton Doctoral Programs Associate Directors Maggie Saia (msaia@wharton.upenn.edu) or Gidget Murray (gmurray@wharton.upenn.edu ).