Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset

Management Development Program

Managing the budget is important. But building trust and effective communication are also critical skills for today’s managers. Advance your ability to manage people, products, and processes with agility and confidence by enrolling in Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset.

In this flexible six-month online program, the learning journey is broken up into seven main learning modules, blending the development of hard skills and soft skills into one holistic learning experience.

Program Format

6 months, online
3–5 hours per week

Program Tuition


Program Start Dates

September 24, 2020

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Who Is This Program For?

Whether you want to advance in your current industry, shift roles, or build a new business, Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset can help you achieve your goals. This program is right for you if you are:

  • An individual contributor from a technical or non-technical field who aspires to — or has recently gained — management responsibilities
  • A functional expert or mid-level manager with potential for future senior management roles
  • An aspiring entrepreneur or business owner who wants to achieve a management credential that will help support the growth of your enterprise

Ingredients for a Winning Managerial Mindset

Hard Skills

ACCOUNTING: Understanding balance sheets, income statements, and cash flows

FINANCE: Learning about time value of money, interest rates, and return on investment

MARKETING: Understanding the customer, brand positioning, and analytics/measuring results

OPERATIONS AND STRATEGY: Understanding and improving work processes, decision trees, planning for growth, and organizational architecture

Soft Skills

STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT: Building trust, communicating effectively, and leveraging networks

MANAGING PEOPLE: Understanding motivation and designing reward systems for people, designing jobs, using managerial power effectively, and making decisions

MANAGING YOURSELF: Launching your personal search for success, thinking about success on your own terms, and defining achievement and happiness for yourself

Program Experience

Program Topics

Program Topics


Program Introduction: Managerial Mindset

Module 1: Managing People (Weeks 2–5)

Module 2: Stakeholder Management (Weeks 6–8)

Module 3: Introduction to Accounting (Weeks 9–11)

Module 4: Introduction to Finance (Weeks 12–15)

Module 5: Marketing (Weeks 16–19)

Module 6: Operations and Strategy (Weeks 20–23)

Module 7: Managing Yourself (Weeks 24–26)

Program Conclusion

Wharton On-Campus: Networking and Learning Event and Celebration of Program Completion

Program Highlights

Achieve work/life balance with online learning

World-Renowned Faculty
Learn from the same faculty who teach in Wharton’s MBA program

Career Enhancement
Personal assessment helps you chart your own path

Well-Rounded Curriculum
Blend of hard and soft skills prepares you for being a well-rounded leader

Real-World Application
Apply the learnings to your job immediately

High Touch
Live webinars, office hours, and discussion boards engage your thinking

Peer Learning
Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network

Certificate of Achievement
Certificate from the Wharton School

On-Campus Event
Come to the Wharton campus for a special three-day learning event, networking, and celebration of program completion


Upon successful completion of this online program, you’ll earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.

Management Development Program Certificate
Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Learning Methods

Hogan Personality Assessment and Debrief

Hogan Personality Assessment and Debrief

Fireside Chats with Wharton MBA Alumni

Fireside Chats with Wharton MBA Alumni

Live Webinars with Faculty

Live Webinars with Faculty

Office Hours with Industry Practitioners

Office Hours with Industry Practitioners

Interactive Moderated Discussion Boards

Interactive Moderated Discussion Boards

Hands-On Application Exercises

Hands-On Application Exercises

Crowd-Sourcing Activities

Crowd-Sourcing Activities

Final Capstone Project

Final Capstone Project

Academic Director

Lori Rosenkopf

Lori Rosenkopf, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Additional Faculty

Eric Bradlow

Eric T. Bradlow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The K. P. Chao Professor; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean, Analytics at Wharton; Chairperson, Wharton Marketing Department, The Wharton School; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education; Professor of Statistics, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Marketing research methods, missing-data problems, psychometrics

Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

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

Peter Fader

Peter Fader, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Lifetime value of the customer, sales forecasting for new products, behavioral data

Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Brand loyalty, consumer choice, customer-relationship management

Richard Lambert

Richard Lambert, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Miller-Sherrerd Professor; Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Financial reporting, cost analysis, incentive compensation plans

B Cade Massey

Cade Massey, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

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

Maurice Schweitzer

Maurice Schweitzer, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Decision making, deception and trust, negotiations

Richard Shell

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

Nicolaj Siggelkow

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

Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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