Advanced Finance Program

Program Overview

Taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program, the Advanced Finance Program is for executives who need to master the necessary financial skills to remain at the leading edge of their professions. Expand your knowledge and deepen your expertise in the areas of corporate finance, investment strategies, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital by taking a total of six open-enrollment finance programs within two years.

Upon completion of the Advanced Finance Program, you will be granted Wharton alumni status and gain access to resources that facilitate professional growth through lifelong learning opportunities.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

Through the Advanced Finance Program, you will:

  • Enjoy the flexibility of starting your learning journey in a time frame that aligns with your professional goals and allows you to learn while you work
  • Build a global network through the dynamic Wharton learning community in which you will be immersed
  • Experience individual coaching and support from Wharton’s team of expert executive coaches
  • Achieve Wharton alumni status

Experience & Impact

The Advanced Finance Program provides an exclusive, tailored learning journey that allows you to accelerate your learning development in a way that complements your current knowledge base and helps you meet your career goals. You will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our top-ranked MBA program. Also, the learning environment in many of our finance programs is further enriched by renowned industry leaders and experts who reveal best practices and share highly relevant experiences from the industry front lines.

The Advanced Finance Program consists of six open-enrollment finance programs and is designed to be completed within two years. Choose from the following programs:

Throughout your learning journey, you will experience highly personalized service from Wharton. From the application process and program selection, to executive coaching and one-on-one feedback, you will have world-renowned business experts to support and guide you.

Upon completion of the Advanced Finance Program, you will return to your organization with:

  • Advanced financial acumen that will distinguish you professionally
  • Strategic insight that will strengthen your financial leadership skills as well as enhance your professional value to your company
  • A powerful network of peers and industry leaders from a variety of industries and business disciplines

Executive Coaching

Personalized Leadership Development

A highlight of the Advanced Finance Program is the inclusion of executive coaching. Your coaching begins with an introductory session to review the requirements of coaching. If you choose to take advantage of coaching, you will complete a personality assessment and a 360° tool to collect feedback from your organization. Next, a goal-setting session will help you identify the specific outcomes you want to achieve through AFP. You will then meet with your executive coach to create a leadership development plan that both leverages your existing strengths and identifies opportunities for growth. This leadership development plan will be tailored to your organization’s specific needs, recognizing the most valued leadership skills and traits that are necessary for you to succeed in your current role and beyond.

You will receive a maximum of six coaching sessions. As you work with your executive coach over six sessions throughout AFP (held in person, online, or a combination of both), you will make stronger connections between your leadership behaviors and performance. You will also work on active behavioral modifications needed to achieve your desired outcomes and attain greater success. In a final session, you will assess your progress and set goals for future growth and development.

Who Should Attend

The Advanced Finance Program is for senior-level executives and high-potential professionals who wish to accelerate their career development in the area of modern finance. Additionally, executives working in roles where they need to significantly expand their understanding of finance or whose career mobility demands greater financial expertise will benefit.

Ideal participants will have significant career and academic achievement and will currently be on a career progression that has involved consistently increasing levels of responsibility.

The Admissions Committee may request that applicants submit academic records and a professional letter of recommendation as part of the admission process. If requested, this letter must be written by someone who can attest to your professional achievements and provide additional information about your career goals.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.


What is the Advanced Finance Program?

The Advanced Finance Program (AFP) is a flexible approach to obtaining an advanced level of executive education in finance. Intended for executives for whom professional development is a priority, AFP is structured to support career advancement with a curriculum that is comprehensive in finance.

Benefits of the AFP include:

  • Wharton alumni status, including a lifelong Wharton email address
  • The flexibility to select from eight open-enrollment programs in finance
  • The opportunity to build a global peer network
  • Executive coaching
  • A personalized Wharton consultation to guide the design of your program experience

Will I become a Wharton alumnus/alumna if I complete the program?

Yes, upon successful completion of the AFP, 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 98,000 members who live and work in more than 130 countries, the Wharton alumni network is a powerful community of which you become a part and to which you have access.

Upon completion, AFP participants will receive a lifelong Wharton email address, and be invited to global alumni forums that showcase thought leadership from around the world. Also, you will have access to resources that facilitate both personal and professional growth through lifelong learning opportunities.

How is the Advanced Finance Program different from an MBA?

The program’s flexible nature and the immersion in the subject of finance is what most distinguishes the Advanced Finance Program from a traditional MBA degree, which generally includes courses in marketing, strategy, and leadership. The AFP consists of six open-enrollment finance programs that you select to meet your individual professional goals, taken on your own timetable over a two-year period. Please note, however, that the six programs do not qualify for academic credit and cannot be transferred or used as a credit toward a degree.

In a traditional MBA cohort, participants spend up to two years with their same class of peers. Because the AFP experience is condensed over six program weeks, you will meet and interact with many individuals from all over the world, allowing you to create your own powerful professional network.

Which programs are eligible?

Do I have to take three finance programs each year, or can I complete them more quickly?

You may complete the AFP in less than a year. The only requirement is to complete all six finance programs within a two-year period.

A Wharton program consultant can assist you in selecting the sequence of programs that meets your professional goals and fits your work schedule. Please contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or for a personalized consultation.

Can I take longer than two years to complete AFP?

No. The curriculum is designed to be completed in two years or less, and the timeframe for completion cannot be extended.

If I previously attended and completed an open-enrollment finance program at Wharton, can I receive credit toward completing the AFP?

If you attended an open-enrollment finance program within the past 24 months, you may be eligible to receive credit for ONE program toward completing the AFP. Please contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or for a personalized consultation.

I attended a Wharton Custom Program sponsored by my company. Would the Custom Program count toward the AFP?

No, we regret that we cannot consider custom programs as eligible to count toward the AFP.

Is there an application deadline for AFP?

Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your application, the better. It is best to apply at least three months in advance of the first program you wish to attend. Upon approval of your application, your first program becomes your entry point into the AFP.

Do I need to take the GMAT or any other graduate-school admissions exam?

No, we do not require an admissions examination to attend an executive education program.

I graduated from a university several years ago or already have an MBA. Can I still apply to GMP?

Yes. GMP participants come from different professional and educational backgrounds, but what distinguishes them is a commitment to lifelong learning and professional advancement.

GMP is ideally suited for senior leaders who are preparing 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.

English isn't my native language, and I don't work in an English-language environment. Can I still attend AFP?

All AFP candidates must be fluent in English to complete reading assignments and to actively engage in group discussions and activities. 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 We can better advise you then.

How much does AFP cost? What forms of payment are accepted?

The total AFP fee is $66,500. This includes tuition for six open-enrollment finance programs, executive coaching, private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials.

Payment can be made by check, wire transfer, or credit card.

A $15,000 deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. This confirms your attendance. The balance of $51,500 is due within the next 60 days, or 90 days after acceptance to the program.

I've been accepted to AFP, but I'm unable to attend and wish to cancel my enrollment. What should I do?

If you wish to cancel enrollment in one of your selected AFP 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 the AFP, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or to discuss your specific situation.

Please note these transfer and cancellation policies:

Transfer of Registration:

We will allow participants to transfer between different dates of a specific program with at least 10 days’ notice before the start date.

Cancellations and Refunds:

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 the AFP, no refunds will be given.

Requests to cancel or defer participation in the AFP must be made in writing and submitted to Wharton Client Relations at

I have a question that isn't addressed here. Whom can I contact?

For more information, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or by email.


Itay Goldstein

Itay Goldstein, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor; Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics; Coordinator of PhD Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, financial fragility and crises, financial markets

Robert Holthausen

Robert Holthausen, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The Nomura Securities Co. Professor; Professor of Accounting; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Effects of organizational structure on financial performance, management compensation issues, valuation

Jeff Jaffe

Jeffrey Jaffe, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, investments, money management, and the effects of information on the behavior of security prices

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structure

Bilge Yilmaz

Bilge Yilmaz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Wharton Private Equity Professor; Professor of Finance; Director, Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economy


Carly XiaoU.S. Investment Lead, Midea Group

I looked at different programs, but when you talk about finance in my industry, one name stands above the rest: Wharton. The Advanced Finance Program is exactly what I wanted to help turbocharge my existing knowledge and skills. The breadth of programs you can choose from covers all of the topics you need today, and there is a very strong emphasis on practical knowledge rather than theory. It’s well worth the investment.”

William FinkExecutive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, TD Bank

Dates, Cost, & Location

Philadelphia, PA$66,500

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Tuition will increase to $69,000 on April 1, 2019. Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals.

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Upon successful completion of the Advanced Management Program, General Management Program, or Advanced Finance Program, you will earn Wharton alumni status.

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