Veterans’ Benefits and Wharton Executive Education

U.S. veterans can now utilize their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for select programs

The GI Bill at Wharton: First-Rate Continuing EducationWharton Executive Education is proud to honor veterans by making world-class programs accessible under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Our rigorous, highly experiential programs are ideal for former military personnel seeking to augment their business acumen while re-integrating into civilian life. You will have the opportunity to choose among a wide variety of programs in the areas most advantageous to your career, including finance and wealth management, leadership, marketing, and strategy and innovation.

Unlike those conferring a degree, Wharton Executive Education programs are modular and of short duration, making them an ideal choice for veterans with full-time positions, busy family lives, and other important commitments. Moreover, our comprehensive programs for senior leaders — such as the General Management Program, Advanced Management Program, and Advanced Finance Program — will earn you coveted Wharton alumni status, placing you in a powerful global network with more than 99,000 alumni worldwide.

At Wharton, you will learn from and interact with peers from a wide variety of private-sector industries as well as other veterans. In addition, you will be taught by the same faculty who teach in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program. Indeed, many of our faculty enjoy teaching former military personnel because they bring a distinct point of view to the learning, resulting in a richer classroom experience for all.

Eligible Wharton Programs

Wharton Executive Education has an open enrollment process with rolling application deadlines that vary by program. Qualified veterans are invited to apply their benefit to any of the following Wharton Executive Education programs:

Who Is Eligible

To use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, you must first request a Certificate of Eligibility from the Office of Veterans’ Affairs. This certificate will indicate the amount of tuition subsidy you have that can be applied to a Wharton program. It could take up to a month for you to receive this certificate from the VA. We will accept a certificate that has been issued within the past 12 months.

Please note that travel, room, and board are not covered by the benefit, and you will be responsible for these expenses.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for U.S. military personnel who meet at least one of the requirements listed below:

  • Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran or service member

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. Wharton Executive Education is proud to accept up to 50 veterans (maximum) per academic year for the Yellow Ribbon benefit beginning August 1, 2020. The Yellow Ribbon benefit is disbursed on a first come, first approved basis. To find out if you’re eligible, and to request your certificate of eligibility, please visit the Veteran Affairs website.

To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:

    • Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
    • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
    • Received a Fry Scholarship on or after August 1, 2018, or
    • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
    • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member (find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits) who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level

Please note: at this time, you are not eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you are an active-duty service member or the spouse of an active-duty service member.

Wharton Executive Education is also approved for the Vocational Rehab and Employment program (Chapter 31, VR&E). Learn more about the Vocational Rehab and Employment program.

Wharton Executive Education offers very specific programs to refine your skill set for the job you’re currently working in. Having access to these programs is a huge milestone for the University of Pennsylvania and for the veteran community, as vets will now be able to access Wharton’s top-tier educational programs funded by their hard-earned education benefits.”

Sean FreitagVice President, The Blackstone Group (former Navy SEAL and Special Operations Chief)

Quite simply, Wharton Executive Education is life-transforming. It allows you — and equips you with the tools — to become the best version of yourself.”

Josephine Nguyen, MDDeputy Chief Medical Executive, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Chicago

Executive Education is ideally suited for veterans or busy professionals in general because [of the] modular format that allows for quickly updating skills… focusing on areas most needed to get that next job or promotion. Having veterans attend our programs makes me — and all of us in Executive Education — feel proud to do something to pay them back for their service.”

Michael MalefakisAssociate Vice Dean, Wharton Executive Education

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