Academics

New Curriculum 2014

The Class of 2014 will be the first to experience Wharton’s full new curriculum.

You will be part of a new vision for MBA education, grounded in flexibility for our diverse student body, academic rigor, continuous innovation of course content and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Dean Thomas S. Robertson Outlines a Vision for Growth
An Innovative Way of Delivering Global Experience Learning
Karl Ulrich on the Lifelong Learning Initiative
Ankur Kumar on the New Curriculum



Read the recent Wharton magazine interview with Karl Ulrich, CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and eCommerce and Vice Dean of Innovation. Read »

More Flexibility

Wharton’s intensive core now offers more flexibility based on your background, experience, and career paths.

Timing - With the most electives of any business school, at Wharton you are able to focus on a specialty, or pursue a wider overview across many subjects. Under the new curriculum, you can now begin this personalized intellectual exploration by taking more electives in Year One.

Customization - You will choose from at least two options to satisfy the majority of the required curriculum, allowing you to directly relate your course of study to your long- and short-term goals. For example:

  • Management offers a track for those pursuing careers in established firms and another for those interested in emerging firms, teaching the same concepts, but offering different approaches in how to apply them.
  • The Operations requirement begins with a single class, and then offers four different tracks by which one can complete the requirement, each track featuring different applications and topics.

Rigor and Analytics

Critical tools for changing times - The new curriculum strengthens the analytics for which Wharton is known.

  • A common path takes you and all of your classmates through statistics, managerial economics, and the first part of operations and marketing. This series of courses provides a rigorous grounding for the individualized coursework to come.

You’ll gain the tools needed to understand risk, markets, and the role of government when markets fail – all critical to making decisions in an uncertain and changing world.

    Lifelong Learning

    Wharton for life - Wharton’s strategy of lifelong learning presents a radically new vision of business education as a lifelong “knowledge partnership” between Wharton and its graduates.

    • As a member of the Wharton MBA class of 2014, you will be eligible to take one Wharton Executive Education open enrollment course every seven years beginning seven years after graduation.

    This commitment can help you to continually maximize your level of achievement in your selected profession and community. Read more»

    Global Integration

    International perspectives - Wharton’s leadership in global research, education, and outreach is manifested in exciting ways throughout the new curriculum. In addition to the extensive array of international opportunities already offered at Wharton, there will be new ways to acquire the knowledge needed to lead in a global environment:

    • The new Management core course culminates with a global summit. Students will present a project addressing a global management topic and hear feedback on their work from a panel of esteemed experts.
    • Unveiled in early 2011, Global Modular Courses (GMCs) help students experience global business right at the source. Taught in an innovative and intensive workshop format, the GMCs take students to places like Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom. The topics and locations of these courses are chosen to give students first-hand exposure to business challenges and opportunities in regions undergoing rapid change. Read more»

    Leadership, Teamwork, and Communications

    Persuasive Speaking and Writing - Wharton's new curriculum includes an increased emphasis on persuasive speaking and a new writing component. All students will learn and practice the fundamentals of persuasive speaking, and then choose from speaking topics relevant to their academic and career interests. The writing component will also be tailored to meet students’ individual needs and interests.

    Personal Growth - Data from employers, alumni, and students indicates the importance of self-awareness and leadership behaviors for our alumni. In response, Wharton has expanded these opportunities for our students.

    • The Feedback and Coaching Network will provide a new platform for this learning to happen, providing students with coaching, mentorship, and enhanced online feedback tools. This focus will help students develop the personal skills crucial to exemplary leadership.

    Ethics and Legal Responsibility

    A force for good - At Wharton we believe in business as a force for creating social good. With differing cultural norms for business practice, it becomes even more important to understand personal responsibility within varied contexts.

    • The new curriculum puts in place an integrated focus on ethical and legal responsibility in business, providing deeper and more challenging frameworks to guide your managerial decisions when you are back in the work force.

    Continuous Innovation

    At Wharton, we believe continued preeminence requires a deliberate commitment to innovation - The culmination of a multiyear development and research process, the new curriculum reflects the evolving business landscape and our firm belief that the leaders of the future must be able to think globally, manage responsibly, and anticipate and adapt to change. As such, the curriculum puts in place a process to continue to bring cutting-edge knowledge to life in our classrooms.

    • Charged with maintaining continuous innovation, Faculty have latitude to design new course content quickly in response to an evolving global environment.
    • Faculty monitor “market signals” to develop new courses and programs. They bring their own expertise and research into the classroom, both in the required and elective curriculum, promoting more opportunity for direct engagement with the concepts that shape global business.

      Dean Thomas S. Robertson Outlines a Vision for Growth
      A focus on three strategic areas: Social Impact, Global Presence, and Innovation.