- How will I manage a five-week hiatus from my job?
Research and experience indicate that five intense weeks (Monday through Saturday) provide the right level of rigor and immersion for a senior management audience. While this is a significant time commitment, successful leaders are able to convert this time away into an opportunity that extends beyond the AMP experience itself. They delegate their daily and monthly tasks to others in their organization, preparing them for greater responsibility. When participants return to the office, they often choose to maintain the new delegation of duties to gain more time to implement the new practices and ideas gained at AMP.
- How is Wharton AMP different from executive education programs at other business schools?
Wharton AMP is grounded in key components of peer mentoring, real time context, and guided practice and reflection. While case studies come into play, learning is largely experiential and interactive.
- Wharton AMP is exclusive and selective, with a maximum of about 60 participants. This size class is large enough to foster diversity of vertical industries, disciplines, and cultures, but small enough to build strong relationships will all classmates. Other schools often have in excess of 100 participants per program session.
- Wharton AMP participants spend at least six hours daily with Wharton faculty. Elsewhere, faculty members spend much less time with participants, or the majority of primary program instructors are outside consultants and professionals who aren't standing faculty.
- Wharton AMP includes case studies as part of the curriculum, but they're not the main focus. Wharton faculty members bring real-time, up-to-date information and trends into the sessions in order to spark discussions about future goals and the possibilities of tomorrow. Other programs rely primarily on historical case studies to educate and illustrate business practices.
- Wharton AMP provides participants with their own iPad tablet computer with a Community Platform as part of the instructional package. All course material and faculty publications are preloaded onto the device, which makes it easy to review lessons during AMP and stay connected afterward, when participants return home. They can also use it to make video calls and stay in touch.
- How much does it cost, and what forms of payment are accepted?
The total AMP fee is $55,000. This includes private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials.
If you are accepted into AMP, we will issue your company an invoice. Payment in full – by check, wire transfer, or credit card – must be received before the program start date.
- How do I pay for it?
If you are accepted to AMP, we will issue your company an invoice. Payment in full (by check, wire transfer, or credit card) must be received before the program start date.
- Where is the program held?
Two program sessions are offered per year, in the summer and fall, in Philadelphia. Participants live in residence and attend classes in the Steinberg Conference Center Here they receive attentive service from an expert staff and such premium amenities as premium guestrooms with personal computers and flat-screen TVs, five-star dining, a fitness center, dry cleaning, and concierge services. Coffee bars with espresso and fully stocked refreshment areas are available throughout the day's sessions, providing a taste of Philadelphia and specialties from around the world.
The Steinberg Conference Center is on the vibrant and historic campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It is surrounded by the culture, history, and vitality of the birthplace of the United States. The City of Philadelphia is renowned for its wealth of restaurants, theatre, sports venues, and entertainment.
Participants can explore Philadelphia by train, bus, taxi, bicycle, or on foot. A major transportation hub, 30th Street Station, is just blocks away, with access to Amtrak trains that travel the nation and Septa trains for local and regional stops. Philadelphia International Airport is nearby, accessible by train from 30th Street Station.
- Can my spouse or family attend?
During the last two days of each program, spouses, partners, or other guests are welcome to take part in the Partners' Program, which features selected AMP sessions and social activities. After more than four weeks of absence, participants welcome this shared experience and find it greatly enhances and eases their return to their home and work environments.
- Will I become a Wharton alumnus/alumnae if I complete the program?
Yes, completion of AMP confers alumni status. You will be joining one of the largest business school alumni organizations in the world. With more than 92,000 members who live and work in more than 130 nations, the Wharton alumni network helps you stay informed through annual forums around the world. In additional to a lifelong Wharton email address, AMP graduates receive a full complement of print and online communications.
- I graduated from university several years ago. Do I need to brush up on my finance or business algorithms to attend?
AMP participants come from different professional and educational backgrounds, so the program starts with a quick immersion into key business components. This helps to build a common language before rapidly advancing to a higher, more sophisticated level.
The entire five-weeks have been carefully crafted to address the overarching knowledge and leadership needs of top executives, not undergraduate business majors or recent MBA graduates. We are preparing these senior leaders for their next challenge within their organizations or beyond, and that means becoming "ambidextrous" in business — seeing all perspectives and being equipped with a new global network and framework to draw upon.
- Is there an application deadline?
Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your application the better.
TIP: It is best to apply at least three to six months in advance of the program date you wish to attend. This should ensure adequate timing for you to delegate your monthly tasks and provide an opportunity to guide and coach your colleagues before your departure. With sufficient time and planning, you will feel confident that everything will be in good hands during your absence.
- I've been accepted to AMP, but I'm unable to attend. What should I do?
We are more than happy to reschedule your attendance for the next program date, or we can work with you to identify a more convenient session.
Please note these AMP transfer and cancellation policies:
Transfer of Registration:
- Transfer requests received within 45–14 days prior to the start of the program will incur a 30% transfer fee.
- Transfers received fewer than 14 days prior will incur a 50% transfer fee.
Cancellation of Registration:
- Cancellation requests received prior to 45 days in advance of the program start date will incur a charge of 35%.
- Cancellation requests received 45–14 days prior to the program start date will incur a charge of 50%.
- Cancellations received fewer than 14 days prior to the start of the program will forfeit the entire tuition amount.
- English isn't my native language and I don't work in an English-language environment. Can I still attend?
All AMP candidates must be fluent in English to complete reading assignments and to actively engage in group discussions and activities. AMP is an intense program, and being able to fully communicate in English with your executive peers and Wharton faculty is an integral part of the experience.
If you have taken the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) within the past two years, your score must be 800 or higher.
If you have less than one year's experience working in an English-speaking environment, or if you are unsure about your current level of English, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can better advise you then.
- What other executive education programs does Wharton have for senior executives?
We have many Executive Education programs that enable business leaders to harness and exploit the speed of change that's happening across their industries, markets, economies, and other related aspects, at home and abroad. All are based on real-time business dynamics, economic challenges and opportunities, global trends, and market shifts.
Additions and refinements to the curriculum are constantly considered. We fully expect half of the programs we will offer in five years to be ones that have yet to be developed.
To see our current list of programs, please visit the Senior Management Development Programs section.
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- I have a question that isn't addressed here. Whom can I contact?
If you have any further questions about the AMP program, please e-mail Ms. Robin Salaman, Associate Director of Customer Engagement.