The Wharton School

Program Strengths

High-achieving working professionals can expand their careers through Wharton’s Executive MBA (EMBA) Program in Philadelphia and San Francisco.  Wharton maintains extremely high standards and offers only one MBA degree.

Exceptional standards and students
Globally recognized, the Executive MBA Program attracts students that meet high admission standards. They earn 19.25 course units and can take relevant electives or choose a major. Students are highly talented professionals from diverse industries with an average 10 years of work experience. They often receive sponsorship from their employers. Nearly 40 percent of students come to the program with an advanced degree, and 40 percent are international. 

Immersive experience, collaborative community
Students in the residential Executive MBA Program attend classes every other weekend during two years (a full 24 months), with some extended sessions. The program’s residency requirement (tuition includes the cost of staying on campus Friday nights) offers time for students to study and work collaboratively together. 

Accelerated career growth and lifelong network
Dedicated career professionals help guide Wharton EMBA students to the next stage of their careers. When they graduate, they join a lifelong network of 92,000 alumni in 150 countries -- the largest alumni network of any leading business school. They enjoy full access to Wharton’s worldwide events, online communities, and alumni club activities.

Curriculum Highlights
The Wharton MBA for Executives Program follows a rigorous core curriculum, which provides business fundamentals and leadership, communication, and analytical skills. Wharton’s top faculty use a range of teaching methods, tools, and strategies including case studies, lectures, and learning simulations. 

Learning takes place within a close-knit, distinctively collaborative and connected executive community. The insights of a talented, highly accomplished group of diverse peers complement course materials and help all community members learn more.

During the program’s second year, students participate in a global experience – a weeklong modular course in a country facing particular business challenges. During this intensive week of corporate visits and lectures, students engage with senior managers to discuss topics relevant to the region. 

Each MBA for Executives class selects a set of electives from more than 200 graduate courses. Students then choose from this subset of electives, with the option to switch campuses for one term if a desired course is not offered in the primary program location. This breadth of courses opens the option for students to opt for a major within a specific business discipline.

Executive MBA students with previous academic business experience can pursue some majors, such as entrepreneurial management, finance, management, marketing, and strategic management.

Strong entrepreneurial programs offer EMBA students access to business resources in both Philadelphia and San Francisco. Options include the Wharton Business Plan Competition, Venture Initiation Program, Spring Pitch Event, Wharton Entrepreneurs Workshop, and Entrepreneurs Speakers Series.

Leadership Development

Wharton’s distinctive blend of leadership course work, coaching, and experiential learning helps students enhance their personal leadership style and abilities. The program seeks to develop leaders who act with a deeper understanding of themselves, their organizations, and their communities, and contribute positively to the growth of each.

Wharton’s learning teams provide a catalyst for new insights, collaboration, and the start of a lifelong network. First developed by Wharton and now emulated by other schools, the Learning Team Model is central to Wharton's MBA experience. The model is based on the business world, which depends on persuasive rather than positional leadership. 

Leadership coaching and mentoring help students and teams work through issues that either enhance or interfere with team dynamics and productivity.  Individual counseling addresses a wide range of program and career-related issues.

The core course Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership focuses on horizontal and vertical leadership, team building and performance, team leadership, and ethics. The course examines concepts and builds skills through team projects, class discussions, problem-solving, case studies of leadership examples from history and business, and role-playing. Wharton Leadership Ventures and Workshops take students out of the classroom to explore the qualities of effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. 

The high level of skills, experience, and interests among students creates a dynamic environment that helps students excel at work or kick-start new ventures or career moves. Students pursue varied and unique careers, including private equity, technology, entrepreneurship, hedge funds, retail, consumer package goods, and more.