Wharton Executive MBA
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1881, making it the oldest business school in the United States. The school is well-known for having the most electives of any business school with more than 200 to choose from. Students can also take advantage of 24 research centers and initiatives on campus. Wharton’s Executive MBA program takes about 24 months to complete. Classes meet on alternate Fridays and Saturdays with several extended sessions. Executive MBA students must also complete a one-week international study trip.
EMBA students often have an average of 10 years of work experience. Many are on track with their companies to be in senior management. Because these students are often already employed, the weekend schedule allows for them to continue their career while attending Wharton. Students must also have the ability to travel to Philadelphia or San Francisco for their designated weekend classes.
EMBA students are not required to choose a major, but they can pursue electives and specific independent study options if they’d like to delve deeper into a certain area. Classes are taught mostly through case studies, lectures, simulations, and field study. First-years are all assigned learning teams, which are groups of about five to seven students. These groups take courses and work on projects together. The core curriculum contains classes on leadership, analytical foundations, and business fundamentals. Every student must also take a mandatory leadership class. During the international study trip, students can take the Global Consulting Practicum and/or the Global Modular Courses.
Outside of the classroom, students can take part in more than 150 professional and networking clubs (including topics like entrepreneurship, investment banking and media.) Wharton’s EMBA program also has the largest alumni network of any business school, with more than 92,000 alumni. This network is very beneficial for Wharton graduates. Students also have access to the MBA Exec Career Management Services for help with career counseling and job searches.
For the Philadelphia MBA Exec program:
University of Pennsylvania
G21 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340
Telephone: (215) 898-5887
For the San Franciso MBA Exec program:
Wharton | San Francisco
2 Harrison Street (Harrison & Spear)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 777-1000
|Deadline||Dec 2||Jan 16|
|Decision||Feb 10||Mar 31|
* Deadlines are for the 2014-2015 admission season.
** Deadline extensions can sometimes be arranged.
Average GMAT: 700
Average work experience (years): 10
Average age: 34