Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION INFORMATION

How do I apply to a program?

Click on the “Apply Now” button on the program webpage. Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your application the better.

It is best to apply at least three to six months in advance of the program date you wish to attend.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no fee to apply to general open-enrollment programs. The Advanced Management Program requires a $15,000 deposit 60 days prior to the program to reserve your seat. The General Management Program and the Advanced Finance Program each require a $15,000 deposit within 30 days of program acceptance.

What are your admissions requirements?

Admissions requirements vary by program and the “Who Should Attend” section on each program page will give you a clear idea of who is right for each program. Generally, Wharton Executive Education welcomes mid-level to senior-level executives who have distinguished themselves professionally.

Which programs require a letter of recommendation?

Our Comprehensive Executive Programs require a nomination letter or letter of reference.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you submit your application, you will get a response within 5 to 7 business days notifying you of whether or not you have been accepted or if additional information is required.

How do I check the status of my application?

You can contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu to inquire about the status of your application.

If I am not accepted into a program, can I apply again for a future session?

Yes. However, we encourage you to schedule a personalized consultation with a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss your particular situation and help select a program that can best meet your professional goals. A Client Relations team member can be reached at:

+1.800.255.3932 (U.S. or Canada)
 +1.215.898.1776 (worldwide)
 execed@wharton.upenn.edu

Does Wharton an option to enroll multiple executives from one company into open-enrollment programs?

Yes. Companies often send more than one executive to an open-enrollment program or programs. If you are interested in attending a Wharton program with your colleagues or would like to discuss sending multiple executives to Wharton, please visit our Group Enrollment page for more information.

PROGRAM LOCATION AND FORMAT

Where do the programs take place?

The majority of our Programs for Individuals take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus. We also offer programs at Wharton San Francisco and the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, China.

How are the programs structured?

The majority of our programs are generally less than a week and consist of a mix of classroom lectures, experiential learning, and peer-to-peer learning.

What is the usual class size?

Class size varies but generally is between 25 to 50 participants.

What is the recommended attire?

Recommended attire is business casual.

Does Wharton offer an Executive MBA?

Yes. The Wharton MBA for Executives is offered in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Click here for more details.

Does Wharton offer online courses?

Yes. Wharton Online offers online courses in finance, leadership, marketing, strategy and innovation, including certificate programs.

Do I earn college credit for attending a Wharton Executive Education program?

No. Wharton Executive Education programs are not eligible for college credits.

Can I get continuing education (CE) credit for attending a Wharton Executive Education program?

A few of our programs offer CE credits. Please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu.to find out whether or not the program you are considering is eligible for CE credit.

Does Wharton Executive Education offer custom programs?

Yes. Wharton Executive Education offers Custom Programs for Organizations as well as Blended Programs that may include both in-class and online learning.

Are Executive Education programs appropriate for Wharton alumni?

Yes, of course! All Wharton/Penn alumni are eligible to receive a 25% discount to attend certain Wharton Executive Education programs. Also, Wharton MBA and EMBA graduates from the Class of 2010 and subsequent years are eligible to attend one Executive Education open-enrollment program at no charge. This exciting Lifelong Learning benefit allows you to choose from more than 30 programs in leadership, finance, marketing, and strategy and innovation. Contact Wharton Client Relations for more details.

What services are available for participants with disabilities?

Please contact Client Relations (+1.215.898.1776 or  execed@wharton.upenn.edu) for more information.

Are laptops allowed in class?

Yes, but depending on the class content and professor, you may be asked to refrain from using the laptop during certain sessions.

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

If I do not live in the United States, will I need a visa to attend Executive Education programs?

If you are traveling to Wharton from outside the United States, you may need a visa.

Before selecting a program date, please read the new Visa, Passport, and International Travel Information below. This will help you plan time to apply for any updated documents you need to ensure smooth travel during your visit to the United States.

As a result of increased security measures, travel to the United States has changed for many visitors coming from overseas. To help you prepare for your trip to Wharton, please:

  • Establish whether the country from which you are traveling participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). There are less-restrictive US policies that apply specifically and only to these countries. The US Department of State maintains a complete list of eligible VWP countries and guidelines.
  • If you are traveling from a country that is not a member of the VWP, you’ll want to review this information on non-immigrant visas.
  • In general, it is best to check with the US Embassy in your own city and/or country to make sure you have all the information and documents you need. This list of all US Embassies can be a starting point for identifying your contact.
  • From any point of origin, always begin the process of preparing to come to the US as early as you can; if possible, a six-month lead time is ideal.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 (phone), +1.215.898.2064 (fax), or execed@wharton.upenn.edu (e-mail).

Before selecting a program date, please read the new Visa, Passport, and International Travel Information below.

This will help you plan time to apply for any updated documents you need to ensure smooth travel during your visit to the United States.

As a result of increased security measures, travel to the United States has changed for many visitors coming from overseas. To help you prepare for your trip to Wharton, please:

  • Establish whether the country from which you are traveling participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). There are less-restrictive US policies that apply specifically and only to these countries. The US Department of State maintains a complete list of eligible VWP countries and guidelines.
  • If you are traveling from a country that is not a member of the VWP, you’ll want to review this information on non-immigrant visas.
  • In general, it is best to check with the US Embassy in your own city and/or country to make sure you have all the information and documents you need. This list of all US Embassies can be a starting point for identifying your contact.
  • From any point of origin, always begin the process of preparing to come to the US as early as you can; if possible, a six-month lead time is ideal.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 (phone), +1.215.898.2064 (fax), or execed@wharton.upenn.edu (e-mail).

PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

What is included in the program fee?

Fees for most programs includes accommodations, meals and program materials such as lecture notes and handouts. Prices are subject to change. If you have any questions about what is included in a specific program, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 (phone), +1.215.898.2064 (fax), or execed@wharton.upenn.edu (e-mail).

When is payment due?

Payment is due upon acceptance into the program. You can expect to receive specific information and materials regarding preparation and logistics approximately three weeks before the program start date if your full tuition payment has been received.

For applicants to the Advanced Management Program only:
The Advanced Management Program (AMP) fee includes private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials. If you are accepted into AMP, we will issue your company an invoice.

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.

For applicants to the Advanced Finance Program and General Management Program only:
The fee for the Advanced Finance Program (AFP) or the General Management Program (GMP) includes tuition for six open-enrollment programs (up to 30 program days in total), executive coaching, private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials.

  • If you are accepted into AFP or GMP, we will issue you an invoice. A $15,000 deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. This confirms your attendance in the The balance of $54,000 is due within the next 60 days after acceptance to the program.. Payment in full — by check, wire transfer, or credit card — must be received before the first program start date.
  • If you wish to cancel enrollment in one of your selected courses, 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. If you wish to withdraw entirely from GMP, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu to discuss your specific situation.
  • Please note these transfer and cancellation policies: We will allow participants to transfer between different dates of a specific program with at least 10 days’ notice before the start date.
  • Cancellations received more than 90 days prior to the start of the first program in your learning journey will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to the first program’s start date will incur a charge of $15,000. Please note that after you have taken your first program in AFP or GMP, no refunds will be given.
  • Requests to cancel or defer participation must be made in writing and submitted to Wharton Client Relations at execed@wharton.upenn.edu.

What types of payment are accepted?

We accept wire transfers, checks made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania,” and credit cards. Detailed information regarding payment will be included with your invoice. Prices are subject to change without notice.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to a program’s start date will incur a charge of 10 percent of the full tuition; cancellations received 30 to 14 days prior to a program’s start date will be charged 50 percent of the full tuition of the program. Cancellations received less than 14 days prior to a program’s start date will be charged 100 percent of the full tuition. If a registrant fails to attend without notification, or if a withdrawal occurs on or after a program start date, full tuition will be forfeited.

If Wharton cancels a program due to low enrollment, registered participants will receive a refund of any tuition paid, or be allowed to move their registration to a future running of the program. Refunds from cancelled programs can also be applied to other open-enrollment programs.

Please note that in all situations, participants are responsible for their travel and Wharton cannot reimburse for any travel expenses that may have been incurred.

Can I transfer to a different running of a program or get a refund?

Participants who need to transfer to another Wharton Executive Education program can do so within one year of the start date of the original program. Transfer requests received 30 to 14 days prior to a program’s start date will be charged 20 percent of the full tuition of the program. Transfer requests received less than 14 days prior to a program’s start date will be charged 30 percent of the full tuition. The remaining balance can be applied to another Wharton Executive Education program or refunded within one year of the original program date.

Please note that 100 percent of the full tuition will be forfeited if one of the following occurs:

  • The registrant does not enroll in another program within one year of the original start date.
  • The registrant has not requested a refund within one year of the original start date.
  • The registrant transfers more than two times.
More than 30 days notice 30 to 14 days notice Less than 14 days notice
10% 50% 100%
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Is financial aid available?

No, we do not offer financial aid.

Do you support the GI Bill?

Currently, Wharton Executive Education programs are not eligible but we are working on getting approval for participants to use the GI Bill. Please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu if you’d like to be notified once this benefit is available.

GETTING AROUND AND STAYING ON CAMPUS

Will I need a car?

No, a car is not necessary while you are in residence. Philadelphia has numerous public transportation, taxi, and ridesharing options such as Uber available.

What is the address of the Steinberg Conference Center in Philadelphia?

The Steinberg Conference Center is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, PA.

The address is:
255 S. 38th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Are special meals available?

Yes, if you have certain dietary requirements, please notify us in advance. With advance notice, our kitchen can provide vegan, gluten-free, kosher and halal menus. A vegetarian option is available at all meals.

Are meals provided?

Yes, meals and snacks are provided weekdays. If you are attending a program that goes through the weekend, meals and snack will be provided.

Are accommodations available for family members?

Off-site hotels can accommodate family members, however meals and guest rooms at the Steinberg Conference Center are reserved for participants only.

What is the address of Wharton San Francisco?

Wharton | San Francisco
2 Harrison Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

What amenities are in each bedroom?

The Steinberg Conference Center’s hotel rooms are single occupancy. Each room has a private bathroom, free wifi and color TV.

Can I arrive and stay at Wharton prior to registration day or after program conclusion?

Yes, however the cost of early arrival and late departure is not covered in the price of tuition. Pending room availability, you will be able to secure an early arrival or late departure at a price to be communicated to you at the time of your reservation.

What is the address of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing?

Penn Wharton China Center
World Financial Center, West Building, 16F
No. 1 East Third Ring Middle Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100020, China

What address should I use for incoming packages and mail?

Wharton Executive Education
The Steinberg Conference Center
255 S. 38th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Wharton | San Francisco
2 Harrison Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Penn Wharton China Center
World Financial Center, West Building, 16F
No. 1 East Third Ring Middle Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100020, China

I am expecting a package. How will I know it is here?

The Front Desk will notify you.

Are participants required to live on campus?

The majority of our participants, even those who are local, choose to live on campus during their program. It enrichens the learning experience and reduces the distraction of commuting to and from class each day.

Is there wireless Internet?

Yes, there is free wifi. You will be provided the password upon check-in.

How do I print something?

A Conference Concierge or our Front Desk staff can assist you with your small print jobs.

Where is the campus bookstore? What are its hours?

The Penn Bookstore is located at 3601Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA 19104. Its is open the following hours:

Hours

Sunday 10AM–8PM
Monday 8:30AM–9:30PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–9:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–9:30PM
Thursday 8:30AM–9:30PM
Friday 8:30AM–9:30PM
Saturday 10AM–9:30PM

Where can I buy a Wharton T-shirt?

You can buy Wharton-logo items at the Penn Bookstore or weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wharton kiosk located in the lobby of the Steinberg Conference Center.

Is there an ATM on campus?

There is an ATM in the lobby of the Steinberg Conference Center.

Is there laundry service available?

Yes. Most facilities provide same-day service.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Is there a fitness center on-campus? What are the hours?

Yes. The Steinberg Conference Center has a fully-equipped exercise facility available to all participants, free of charge from 5:30am to midnight.  There are other facilities available on campus for a small fee.

Where can I run outside?

In addition to the walkways throughout the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, there are a number of pedestrian trails designed especially for those who like to get their exercise on the move. Maps are provided for your convenience. Additional information can also be found at http://www.schuylkillrivertrail.com/.

I am not feeling well. How can I see a doctor?

There are several walk-in urgent care facilities located on or close to the University of Pennsylvania campus.  Our front desk or concierge staff can provide more details for you.

How do I use the athletic facilities, and where is it located? What are the hours?

There is gym located on the 5th-floor of the Steinberg Conference Center. It is open from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Do I need to have health insurance?

The University of Pennsylvania requires that all students/participants maintain insurance for medical care, illness, and injury. The University is not responsible for medical expenses incurred while attending a program. Please make sure that any private insurance provides valid coverage in the United States.

THINGS TO DO

What are some interesting and fun things to do in my free time?

Things to do in Philly

Independence National Historical Park

Reading Terminal

The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Statute)

Eastern State Penitentiary

The Barnes Foundation

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive

South Street Headhouse District

Rittenhouse Square Shopping and Dining

Penn Museum

Is there a tourism website for Philadelphia?