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TMI/Wharton Associate Fellow Program in Talent Management

Program Overview

The role of 21st century HR leaders has evolved well beyond the rules-and-procedures administrators of the past. Today, they are strategic partners who help drive value and overall organizational success.

The Wharton School, in partnership with the Talent Management Institute, developed the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow Program to help current high-potential HR executives seeking more senior positions and greater achievement in this increasingly complex and demanding role. It leverages the talent management and leadership expertise of Wharton faculty, and provides certification for qualifying participants. This unique and highly selective program enriches and expands the skills, perspectives, and insights needed for managing talent in today’s dynamic business landscape.

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TMI/Wharton Associate Fellow Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Exposure to state-of-the-art tools, theories and paradigms of talent management
  • Measurable addition to higher-order professional skills and talent management knowledge through the immersive Wharton experience
  • Expansion and enrichment of the perspectives of business, organizations and the impact of talent management on business growth and competitiveness
  • Leveraging the Wharton experience to develop a powerful network of global HR peers
  • Earning of the Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential from Wharton, one of the world’s most esteemed business schools, and TMI, the world’s most trusted talent management standards and credentialing body

Contact Us

For more information, please contact David Heckman, Senior Director, Global Partnerships.


Talent Management Institute

August 6 - 10, 2018$16,950

Philadelphia, PA

Download the program schedule, including session details.

The dates listed above are for the Wharton residential MasterClass sessions, conducted in Stage 3 of this program.

This is a three-stage program. the first two stages, mandatory for all participants, are self-study and online.

The program fee includes lodging and meals during the Wharton residential program. For more details on prices and start dates, please see the Experience and Impact section or visit the TMI website. Prices are subject to change.

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Experience & Impact

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow Program is comprised of three learning stages covering 25 courses that take place over nine months (although it is possible to complete it in as few as six): self-study, Wharton online learning, and a five-day Wharton Master Class held at the school’s Philadelphia campus. Assessments are continuous through the three stages and the Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential is awarded to participants completing/ qualifying all assessment requirements.

Highly selective, the program is limited to 40 high-potential HR professionals. Participants will develop greater confidence as leaders, more capable of facing the range of professional challenges inherent in a dynamically changing workplace. They will learn from world-renowned talent management experts who share cutting-edge research and best practices that can be put into effect immediately. Participants will also build a strong network of high-achieving peers that continues to provide guidance and support long after the program has ended.

Transformational Learning in Three Stages

This program provides three distinct learning experiences:

Stage one: A program of self-study provides a current examination of the evolving science of talent management. This stage will build a common vocabulary and core of knowledge, setting the stage for the learning that follows.

Stage two: Three exclusive Wharton online courses offer world-renowned expertise and instruction in leadership, HR management, and people analytics.

Stage three: A five-day Master Class, led by Wharton professors at the school’s Philadelphia campus, is an intensive learning experience designed to grow and strengthen professional expertise. Instruction includes the latest research and best practices while leveraging the knowledge, experience, and insights of the participants. This stage was designed to empower participants to transform their organizations and the HR profession. A certification qualifying exam is given at the conclusion of the Master Class.

Participants must submit a business essay at the completion of the first two stages.

Participants facing a challenge in completing their program due to personal reasons in a particular edition can request for a deferment to the next edition. This deferment will permit them to resume the program with participants of the next edition of the program, exactly from the stage where they paused in the last edition.

Please visit TMI's website to read the detailed course structure.

Talent Management Institute

This program is developed in partnership with the Talent Management Institute, a global leader in talent management credentialing for executives and organizations. TMI also provides research-based standards and frameworks that support the integration of talent management into both organizational HR practices and managerial and leadership responsibilities.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for senior HR professionals; high-potential experts in organizational learning & development, as well as Strategic HR & Talent Management consultants and HR business partners, who are preparing for larger, higher-impact leadership roles and assignments. TMI alumni with an active GTML™ credential can also apply and leverage their automatic pre-qualification advantage under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privilege policy.

Candidacy Tracks

There are three tracks for senior HR professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to earn the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential:

Associate Fellow Track 1

  • Minimum Education Requirement – Bachelor’s degree with a major in HR/Business/Management/Economics/Technology/Science/Liberal Arts or other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum Work Experience Requirement – Fifteen years or more, with a minimum of seven years in an HR sub-function(s).

Associate Fellow Track 2

  • Minimum Education Requirement – A master’s level qualification in HR/Business/Management/Economics/Technology/Science/Liberal Arts or other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum Work Experience Requirement – Twelve years or more in an HR sub–function(s) or related function(s).

Associate Fellow Track 3

  • Minimum Education Requirement: Active GTML™ certification from TMI, with a Bachelor's degree in HR/ Business/ Management/ Economics/ Technology/Science/Liberal Arts or other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum Work Experience Requirement: 10 years or more, with a minimum of seven years in an HR sub-function(s).

Associate Fellow participants qualify direct for the TMI-Wharton Global Fellow of Talent Management credential under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privilege policy. After completing the Associate Fellow program successfully, participants earn an automatic qualification for the prestigious TMI-Wharton Global Fellow of Talent Management program and they join the 6-stage program directly in the 4th Stage. That also means a lowered Global Fellow program fee under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privilege policy.

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

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Peter Cappelli, DPhil   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management


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