Advanced Management Program

Program Overview

Wharton’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) is an immersive, transformative five-week program that guides senior leaders in honing their leadership capabilities. AMP is exclusive and selective: only about 55 executives are accepted per session. The result is an optimal learning environment, with a diverse participant cohort for better peer learning, and a global, lifelong network of trusted peers.

AMP, delivered in partnership with the Wharton’s Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program, is led by Wharton faculty who bring extensive business knowledge, research, and expertise to bear on all aspects of the program. This management development program is a defining personal and professional moment — the starting point for that next level of achievement and success.

Michael Useem on the Advanced Management Program

Wharton’s AMP is a transformative learning experience, says Academic Director Michael Useem.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In the Advanced Management Program, you will:

  • Strengthen the leader within by addressing your own leadership style
  • Develop visionary leadership capabilities that can influence and inspire others
  • Shape the future of your organization by learning how to foster innovation and implement change for competitive advantage
  • Receive Wharton alumni status upon completion of AMP, becoming part of a global alumni network with more than 96,000 members

Experience & Impact

Wharton AMP becomes a defining moment in one’s career. Indeed, 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 organizations 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

Jeff Klein on the Advanced Management Program


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 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, and not just email addresses.

Skills introduced in the classroom are put to the test through multiple learning opportunities that demand critical thinking, decision-making, and high-performance teamwork. These may include a rowing experience, film-making, and a dynamic group project.

Participants leave AMP with a tremendous reserve of strategies and best practices as well as 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

Participant Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien on the Advanced Management Program


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 built within a highly accomplished group of executives. AMP participants also become Wharton alumni, part of a global alumni network with more than 96,000 members.

Who Should Attend

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 by clicking the "Download Materials" button on this page.

Nominator Information: If we have questions about your application, the AMP Admissions Committee may require that the AMP Candidate Nomination Form be completed in advance of our decision. This form would be completed by your CEO, Division President, or other nominator and will provide us with additional information about your professional development objectives.

 

*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 execed@wharton.upenn.edu. 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.

Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

Advanced Management Program participants by industry

Participants by Job Function

Advanced Management Program participants by job function

Participants by Region

Advanced Management Program participants by region

FAQs

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 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.

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

The total AMP fee is $57,500. This 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.

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. 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.

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/alumna 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 96,000 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 email 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 for AMP?

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. 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:

Cancellation: Cancellations received more than 90 days prior to the program’s start date are entitled to a full refund. Cancellations received less than 90 days to the program’s start date will incur a charge of $15,000 (USD).

Transfer: Wharton will consider requests to transfer to another program which has a start date within one year of the date of the program. Requests to transfer received 90 days prior to the program’s start date will not be charged; transfer requests received less than 90 days will incur a $5,000 (USD) administration fee.

Registrants are permitted a maximum of two transfers before forfeiting the entire tuition.

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

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 execed@wharton.upenn.edu. 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 Leadership section on our Leadership Programs page.

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Faculty


Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Faculty Chair

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance


Jeff KleinSee Faculty Bio

Executive Director, Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania


Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamics


Quinn BauriedelSee Faculty Bio

Speaker, Pig Iron Theater Company


Brian Bushee, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate disclosure, institutional investors, stock market anomalies


Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs


Geoffrey Garrett, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School


Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management


Witold Henisz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Stakeholder engagement, political and economic reform, project management


Todd Henshaw, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; President, Leader Development Associates


Martin Ihrig, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Professor and Associate Dean, New York University

Research Interests: Strategy, entrepreneurship, knowledge, innovation


Rodrigo Jordan, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Executive Vice President, Vertical SA


John KanengieterSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Director, Kanengieter Consulting Group


Cade Massey, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Practice Professor, Operations, Information, and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior


David Reibstein, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William Stewart Woodside Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Brand equity, marketing metrics, competitive marketing strategies, product line strategy


Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development


G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School


Jeremy Siegel, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Demographics, financial markets, long-run asset returns, macroeconomics


Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices


Harbir Singh, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions


Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management


James Thompson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Founder and Director, Wharton Social Enterprise Program, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertainty


Ilene Wasserman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Lead Executive Coach; President, ICW Consulting Group


David Wessels, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Testimonials


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 CassCEO at MDC Media Partners and Assembly, a New York City-based marketing and advertising firm


Lynn Flynn

(USA)


Iain O’Brien

(Scotland)


Mary Ho

(Hong Kong)


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 LeatherREAP Consulting Ltd.


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 MoyerCEO/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 GoodingBUPA


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 BarthenUnilever

Dates, Cost, & Location

September 30 - November 2, 2018Philadelphia, PA$57,500

May 26 - June 28, 2019Philadelphia, PA$58,500


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