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Why Wharton?
Because you’ll be stretched, pushed and, ultimately, transformed. Our challenging, flexible program – driven by the best minds in business education – unleashes your potential, giving you the confidence and skills to lead anywhere in the world.

Curriculum Structure

Wharton’s MBA curriculum offers depth, breadth, and options. The curriculum emphasizes an intensive, flexible core in general management, plus the depth of 19 majors and breadth of more than 200 electives.

You will customize your learning by selecting a course pathway through content areas based on your education, career experience, and goals — not just through selection of your electives and majors, but through choices in the core.

- Core
Offered as quarter- or semester-long courses, the core curriculum covers traditional management disciplines- with an emphasis on analytical rigor — accounting, finance, marketing, management, operations, statistics, and microeconomics — as well as the leadership, ethics, and communication skills necessary for leadership. This series of courses provides a rigorous grounding for the individualized coursework that follows.

Wharton’s core includes 9.5 credit units, distributed in two parts:
- Fixed Core: 3.25 credit units fixed in the first semester
- Flexible Core: 6.25 credit units in the first semester or anytime thereafter

- Elective Curriculum
Wharton’s elective curriculum, 10 credit units, provides depth and breadth across traditional and nontraditional areas of management education.

- Majors: Choose from 19 majors.
- Electives: Choose among 200+ electives across 10 academic departments, or take courses in others of Penn’s 11 world-leading schools.

Your Wharton MBA begins with Pre-Term. With a three-week immersion, Pre-Term sets you up for a strong academic experience and ensures that everyone in your diverse incoming class begins from a common knowledge base. Pre-Term also provides the platform upon which you will develop your curriculum plan while bonding with new classmates and building your own sense of community and school pride.

Pre-Term is required. It includes coursework, a Learning Team experience, and the chance to explore Philadelphia and build relationships with your cluster and other classmates.

You will be introduced to your Learning Team at a Learning Team Retreat in an environment free of distraction. This initiates the process of strong team formation. The Teams complete the Management 610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership course, and continue the collaboration throughout the fixed core.

Other elements of Pre-Term include MBA Convocation, International Student Orientation, and an Accelerated Corporate Finance Prep Course for students who need it.

Year One
The first year is intense. You will begin by moving through key courses with your learning team — a group of five or six classmates with whom you will work closely on projects. Then, you’ll select from many options as you branch out in the second half of First Year and beyond. You’ll have a choice of content areas for some core courses and will start to pick your electives. In addition, you will become involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities that tie into the courses you choose.

Year Two
You will take any remaining core requirements, drill deeper within the wide range of electives, and develop one or more areas of expertise. For customized interests, students often partner with faculty and businesses on individual advanced student projects.

Your Career
Your Career

Wharton MBA Career

Tat-Seng Chiam, WG’14, is using his dual MPA/MBA degree to meld traditional business and social impact.
Wharton MBA Careers

Devangi Nishar, WG’14, identifies experiences within Wharton to set herself on a path to fulfill her passion for retailing.
Wharton MBA Careers

Tom Baldwin, WG’13, parlayed a background in investment banking and Brazilian start-ups into a dream job in venture capital.
Be idealistic. Be ambitious. When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and leadership skills to be successful in the global workplace. Employers tell us that they value Wharton graduates for their strategic thinking, breadth of core competencies, and ability to hit the ground running in any industry.

Throughout your Wharton experience, skilled advisors with industry-specific knowledge and experience will support you through every stage of the job search – from self-assessment to offer management. Through a combination of state-of-the art career services, strong relationships with employers worldwide, and one of the largest global networks of alumni of any business school, achieving your career goals, both immediately after graduation and throughout your career, is within your reach.

- MBA Career Management

Wharton’s career management team, comprised of professional career coaches with a wide range of industry experience, will provide you with practical and actionable advice throughout your job search as well as important insights into your industry of interest. The office is recognized as one of the most responsive to both recruiter and student needs. Some of the services the Career Management office provides include:

- Coaching throughout the job search process‒partnering with students to develop and hone job search skills
- Connections with a wide recruiting base across a diverse range of industries and functions.
- Commitment to international corporate outreach and the needs of the international student population.
- Dedication to bringing leading companies and executives to campus and organize successful events.

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