The Wharton Executive MBA Experience
You become part of a close-knit executive community. In Wharton's executive MBA program, you surround yourself with a talented group of diverse peers, becoming part of a community of accomplished professionals from across the U.S. and around the world.
The Wharton executive MBA community is distinctively collaborative, engaged, and connected. Through the program’s residency requirement, you have time built into program weekends to develop friendships and networks that help you accomplish more together. You’ll get much more out of an executive MBA program at Wharton, and transform yourself in the process.
I live within a short commuting distance. Can I go home on Friday nights?
Your tuition fee includes the cost of staying over on Friday night during program weekends. The program is designed to be fully immersive — this time commitment allows students to form personal and professional bonds that last long after graduation. In fact, students say they learn nearly as much from each other as they do during formal class hours. Much of this interaction takes place on Friday evenings when the study groups get together to master course material. In addition, many course review sessions and special events for families and partners also happen on Friday evenings.
Where can I stay if I have to fly in on Thursday nights to be on time for Friday morning classes?
You may make arrangements directly with local hotels to reserve rooms as needed for Thursday or Saturday nights. Whenever possible, they will try to accommodate your requests at the special rate reserved for students in the Wharton MBA Program for Executives. Contact us in Philadelphia or San Francisco to find out more.
Are there opportunities to network outside of class and with Wharton alumni?
The residential component of the program ensures that there are ample opportunities for you to network with your fellow classmates, as well as with the faculty, during program weekends. Eating meals together, meeting with study groups, and getting together for informal sports and recreation outside of class are all ways that students bond beyond the classroom. You will meet alumni as class guests and through occasional program-sponsored events. And as Wharton students, you can also begin to take part in the activities of Wharton alumni clubs located in or near your own city.
Can my partner (or family) stay with me during a program weekend?
Yes. Please contact your hotel or conference center to alert them to any special needs. A surcharge may apply for meals or special arrangements.
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