Today’s executives operate in an increasingly uncertain and complex business world. Since 1988, senior executives have relied on the Wharton Advanced Management Program (AMP) to separate the signal from the noise to amplify their leadership impact.
Impact & Experience
Wharton AMP becomes a defining moment in one's career, — our AMP alumni call it life changing. Senior leaders who attend AMP should expect to sharpen their critical thinking skills and hone their leadership capabilities for immediate impact to their businesses upon their return. Upon completion of AMP, participants are better prepared to:
- Authentically lead their organization and inspire a higher level of performance
- Align resources with strategy to create a more resilient and agile organization
- Formulate a corporate vision and set a new direction for the organization
- Create greater shareholder value
- Replace binary thinking with more critically-integrated design thinking
- Persuade, influence, and negotiate expertly
Curriculum and Approach
AMP offers comprehensive content and an experiential approach that creates an invaluable, reflective pause from routine. Leveraging the strengths of Wharton faculty, the curriculum has a rigor and an emphasis on senior leadership that’s not found in other programs.
In addition to leading classroom sessions that provide cutting-edge knowledge and tools for management, marketing, finance, strategy, and organizational dynamics, core faculty members are present throughout the program and lead daily integration sessions. This tremendous access means you will leave with strong professional relationships, not just email addresses.
Skills introduced in the classroom are put to the test in multiple learning opportunities that demand critical thinking, decision-making, and high-performance teamwork. These may include firefighter training, film-making, and a dynamic group project.
Participants leave AMP with a tremendous reserve of strategies, best practices, and a heightened self-awareness that can be put to immediate use in their professional lives. Specifically, they experience:
- An innovative and continually updated curriculum
- Stretch experiences that create meaningful opportunities to acquire new leadership skills
- Invaluable frameworks, models, and practices for managing the increasing speed of change in a volatile global environment
More than Business Acumen
During an intense five weeks, you will experience a number of unique opportunities to help strengthen your individual talents, challenge your mental models and preconceived limits, and build a powerful new network. These opportunities include:
- Executive coaching delivered both in teams and individually to accelerate learning and personal growth. Coaching sessions continue after the program concludes.
- Executive conversations with current and former CEOs from globally-recognized companies who share their experiences in intimate, informal dialogues with AMP participants.
- Expanded network of meaningful relationships are built within the select and highly-accomplished group of participants, faculty, executive mentors, and coaches. AMP participants also become Wharton alumni, part of a 95,000+-member network.
Who Attends This Program
This program is designed for senior executives who are within three reporting
relationships of the CEO or managing director of their organizations. While participants come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, they share several key qualities. Specifically, this program is for multidimensional executives who:
- Motivate by example and have the vision, leadership capabilities, influence, and business acumen to lead effectively in a world of uncertainty and complexity
- Seek a learning experience that provides an opportunity for deeply personal self-assessment
- Possess substantial experience in a variety of vertical industry groups, business disciplines, regions, and cultures
In addition to presidents, chief executive officers, and other senior executives, past participants have included successful entrepreneurs, media and technology executives, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. Candidates must be nominated by the chief executive officer, senior divisional executive, or head of corporate human resources of their organization.
A high level of English language proficiency is necessary to actively engage in group discussions and reading assignments. Scores for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), taken within the past two years, must be 800 or higher.*
For a list of companies that have leveraged Wharton AMP for their senior executives’ business education, please download the AMP schedule.
*If you have less than one year of 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 will schedule an appointment for you to speak with one of our language specialists about our business English language programs. The Admissions Committee may also require an interview by phone.
The interactive and intensive nature of AMP allows participants get to work closely with some of the finest minds and thought leaders in the world of business. Following is a partial list of participating Wharton faculty. (Faculty for specific programs may change.)
Michael Useem, PhD
William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, and governanceSee Faculty Bio
Executive Director, McNulty Leadership Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
See Faculty Bio
Sigal Barsade, PhD
Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamicsSee Faculty Bio
David Bell, PhD
Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
Research Interests: E-commerce, traditional retail, consumer shopping behavior See Faculty Bio
Brian Bushee, PhD
Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Corporate disclosure, institutional investors, stock market anomaliesSee Faculty Bio
George Day, PhD
Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Competitive strategies in global markets, strategic planning processesSee Faculty Bio
Peter Fader, PhD
Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor, Professor of Marketing; Co-Director, Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Lifetime value of the customer, sales forecasting for new products, behavioral dataSee Faculty Bio
Mauro Guillén, PhD
Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, The Wharton School; Director, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational managementSee Faculty Bio
Witold Henisz, PhD
Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner; The Wharton School
Research Interests: Stakeholder engagement, political and economic reform, project managementSee Faculty Bio
Ian MacMillan, DBA
The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, new venture management, strategic managementSee Faculty Bio
Richard C. Marston, PhD
James R. F. Guy Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Foreign exchange risk management, international asset pricing, international investmentsSee Faculty Bio
Cade Massey, PhD
Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School
Research Interests: people analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behaviorSee Faculty Bio
Nancy Rothbard, PhD
David Pottruck Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career developmentSee Faculty Bio
G. Richard Shell, JD
Thomas Gerrity Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School
See Faculty Bio
Jeremy Siegel, PhD
Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Demographics, financial markets, long-run asset returns, macroeconomicsSee Faculty Bio
Harbir Singh, PhD
Mack Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitionsSee Faculty Bio
Christian Terwiesch, PhD
Andrew M. Heller Professor; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; Co-Director, William and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D managementSee Faculty Bio
Z. John Zhang, PhD
Murrel J. Ades Professor, Professor of Marketing; Director, Penn | Wharton China Center, The Wharton School
Research Interests: Channel and retail management, pricing strategiesSee Faculty Bio
Tuition for this program includes lodging and most meals. Prices are subject to change. If you are accepted into AMP, a $15,000 deposit is required to reserve your place. Payment in full — by check, wire transfer, or credit card — must be received at least 60 days before the program start date. A full refund will be issued if cancellation in writing is received 90 days prior to the start of the program. Otherwise, the $15,000 cancellation fee will apply.
Contact Wharton Executive Education Client Relations by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776, for more information.
Plan Your Stay
- 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 55 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. A refundable $15,000 deposit is required to reserve your place. Payment in full — by check, wire transfer, or credit card — must be received at least 60 days before the program start date. A full refund will be issued if cancellation in writing is received 90 days prior to the start of the program. Otherwise, the $15,000 cancellation fee will apply.
- 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?
Upon completion of AMP, you will be granted Wharton alumni status. You will be joining one of the largest business school alumni organizations in the world. With more than 95,000 members who live and work in more than 130 nations, the Wharton alumni network helps you stay informed through annual forums around the world. Upon graduation, AMP graduates will receive a lifelong Wharton e-mail address, as well as access to alumni 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 email@example.com. 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?
For more information, please contact a Program Consultant at +1.215.898.1776 or by e-mail.
“Wharton’s AMP is not for executives who just want to tick the education box. You have to want to make a change in your career, either by stepping up to a higher level or going somewhere else. It opens your eyes to what is possible. If you go through the program and you’re not able to enact the kinds of changes you are inspired to lead, you will be frustrated. That is where I was, and AMP came at the right time for me.”
— Martin Cass, CEO at MDC Media Partners and Assembly, a New York City-based marketing and advertising firm.
Responses among participants in the Authentic Leadership sessions in AMP have been outstanding. The sessions have received some of the highest AMP program scores in participant evaluations. In the following testimonials, participants relate how the sessions have had a transformative effect not only upon their leadership development, but in aspects of their personal life as well.
"AMP 56 was one of the most profound experiences of my life. The experience was analogous with peeling away the layers of an onion. This forced deep introspection (something that I hadn't done for a very long time) which created an unbelievable level of renewed self-awareness. For me the programme design helped surface the 'real me.' Whilst these onion layers were being peeled away I realized how outdated many of the tools that I used in business had become. Some needed replacing and others needed sharpening. Most importantly, in this exposed state, we developed meaningful friendships and an extended community that nurtured each of us, helping us rebuild ourselves. I left a far more complete and better human being than when I arrived."
—Doug Leather, REAP Consulting Ltd.
"My main experience has been as a commercial director for Heineken in the Congo for the last four years. The Congo is an extreme business environment. On the one side, you have to hit your numbers, you have to make your plans, you have to brief your agencies — you're just behaving as if you are running any other big fast-moving consumer operation. But you're in a bizarre business environment. The Congo — the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) is rock-bottom from any perspective. If you take the United Nations Human Development Index, Congo is in the bottom five for poverty, and the top five for corruption. It is the worst place in the world to do business according to the IFC/World Bank. And being relatively young to the position in such an environment has been an incredible stretch for me. It has been an incredible learning and development experience whereby I learned more than how to drive business.
The most striking moments have been where I have had to make decisions that went further than business. These were literally about life and death. I've been in a situation where some people tried to hijack or arrest me, probably for ransom, and where I had to fight to get free, physically breaking loose to get away. Besides, I have been responsible for our people and brewery at a moment of great instability, when serious fighting erupted in the center of Kinshasa very close to the brewery. At such moments you are called upon to make very tough choices and decisions that normally would not be within the scope of a manager of a FMCG firm.
Through this Authentic Leadership (AL) experience, I realized that what I've been doing in the Congo is my real purpose — to lead with wisdom. That's something I realized thanks to the AL sessions. Somewhere deep down, you know your purpose. You feel it. But you're not able to articulate it. In these sessions, in a surprisingly short timeframe — within two days, with complete strangers, you are able to articulate your purpose. So, it has been a fantastic experience. And it's already helped me during the Advanced Management Program, and I'm sure it's going to help me by making me much more articulate and conscious about my purpose. It will help me in making the choices I make while in my current job, and in making choices about what kind of position I will strive for in the future and how I will perform in that new position."
—Dolf van den Brink, Bralima S.A.R.L. /Heineken N.V.
"My experience at the AMP program has been the best educational experience I have ever had. I would never have imagined the impact that Wharton has made in my life, company, and within the security industry. In these difficult economic times, my company business has been booming with new growth and I have no problems getting credit. I really believe that all of this has been because of Wharton. I put Wharton learning into action with my company, and that has been the key for me."
—Kent Moyer, CEO/President, The World Protection Group, Inc.
"Without doubt, the Advanced Management Program was the most stimulating educational experience I have had. It made me think deeply about the impact of global competition on my industry and how the lessons from other industries can be applied. The human dimension was particularly valuable and helped me reflect on my role and my future career. The whole experience was first-rate."
—Valerie Gooding, BUPA
"When I joined Unilever Turkey, I was the only foreigner on the board. Wharton's Advanced Management Program focused on how to manage a transnational organization in a fast-moving environment. I did things I probably wouldn't have done before, like taking the high ground and staying there as long as possible. From the program, I have a personal toolkit that I refer to quite often."
—Philippe Barthen, Unilever