Introducing Our Global Cohort

The first blended learning option offered by Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives

Welcome to the

Global MBA for Executives

at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Experience community and a world-class education wherever you are with Wharton’s new Global cohort in our MBA Program for Executives. Offering a blended learning schedule that provides the convenience of virtual courses with the intentionality of in-person residential weeks, the new Global cohort ensures maximum accessibility and strong student relationships.

Taught live by Wharton’s esteemed faculty, you attend synchronous and virtual classes every other weekend. Students operate around their work schedules and family life to participate from various time zones.

In addition to your online sessions, there are eight in-person residencies over the course of the program, occurring on our Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses, as well as other locations around the globe. Click here to explore an example of what your executive weekend as a Global cohort member might entail. 

Join the Global Cohort

Wharton’s Global cohort is seeking high-achieving professionals across multiple continents. Ideal candidates have a minimum of eight years of full-time and post-undergraduate work experience, and a minimum of five years of managerial experience. Global students come with a diversity of backgrounds through their lived experiences from various countries around the world.

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Transforming Learning With Wharton’s WAVE Classroom

As a member of the Global cohort, you and your peers will dive into online and synchronous classes taught in real-time by world-class Wharton professors. 

Fresh Perspectives from Wharton’s Global Cohort

Hear from members of the program’s Global cohort, who landed on Wharton’s Philadelphia campus for EMBA’s Orientation Week. 

Your Executive MBA Roadmap

Immediately build relationships with your fellow Executive MBA cohorts during Orientation Week, which kicks off all three programs at an in-person residential week on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia. After Orientation, embark on 22 months of rigorous learning in a collaborative environment. All three cohorts experience the same intensive and cross-functional curriculum.

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Begin with business and leadership fundamentals as well as the analytical and communication skills that are foundational to your success. In your second year, choose strategic electives to broaden your experience and hone your expertise as you continue to expand your scope of knowledge.

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Your experience is divided into six terms over the course of just under two years. Each of the three Executive programs offers 700 hours of active learning, including the opportunity to travel abroad on one of Wharton’s Global Business Weeks. Attendance on two Global Modular Courses is required for those enrolled in the Global program, while it is optional for those in the Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts.

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Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives is designed to keep you engaged while you learn, from core courses to global learning opportunities and 200+ electives to choose from. Your new knowledge is practical enough to apply immediately to your current professional role as you plan for the future.

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Classroom learning is supported by leadership workshops, career sessions, and powerful insights from a series of renowned guest speakers. And, when you graduate, you will join one of the most active and successful alumni networks of business leaders in the world.

Choose Your Executive MBA Journey

Earn the same Wharton MBA degree as full-time students while you work. Talented professionals may join our PhiladelphiaSan Francisco, or our new Global cohort.


Embrace the classic Ivy League experience when you travel to the University of Pennsylvania’s iconic campus.

San Francisco

Travel to Wharton’s West Coast campus,  strategically located in San Francisco's Embarcadero neighborhood


Designed for remote study using state-of-the-art technology that allows you to learn, thrive, and build community regardless of where you’re based.

Same MBA Degree, Same Global Network

Compare the MBA Program for Executives to the Full-time MBA

Same MBA Degree, Same Global Network

Compare the MBA Program for Executives to the Full-time MBA

FAQs: Wharton’s Global Cohort

What time are the classes?

What time are the classes?

Global cohort courses are taught by Wharton faculty live from the Philadelphia campus, located in the Eastern Time Zone (U.S.A.). Depending on where you live, the time of the classes may vary.

Find below a sample class schedule illustrating the time and duration Global cohort members would typically expect to experience in the program’s virtual class sessions, representative of a student who is based within the United States Eastern Time Zone.

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Thursday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET Live virtual class session
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET Live virtual class session
Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET Live virtual class session

Better explore the logistics of the Global student experience by perusing the Global Cohort Class of 2025 Academic Calendar, which better describes the cadence of the synchronous and virtual class sessions that the Global cohort experiences every-other-week.

Why do I need a sponsorship letter if the program is 75% virtual?

Most class sessions are held virtually for members of the Global cohort; even so, your employer should be fully aware of the time commitment required by Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives. Your regular classroom experience will be set in a virtual and synchronous setting (find a brief overview on the WAVE Classroom above this FAQ section) that is already optimized for real-time interactions between Wharton professors and their students. Barring sickness or emergencies, attendance is required.

Depending on the time zone determined by your geographic location, there is a possibility of your class schedule also overlapping with your regular working hours. Particularly for members of the Global cohort, it is vital to set aside time to ensure that your class sessions will proceed without interruption. Outside of the active learning time spent in virtual class sessions, also expect to spend several hours per week on assigned readings, class projects, assignments, and more.

Your employer should also be aware of the program’s other attendance requirements, including your attendance at each of the program’s eight extended in-person class sessions; special Wharton weekends, held on select Thursday – Saturdays throughout your experience. Hosted mostly on Wharton’s historic Philadelphia campus, these extended sessions are curated to forge deeper ties with your future alma mater, to carve space for you to dive fully into the depths of your coursework, and strengthen your bonds with your cohort. Remember to remain present and engaged throughout the forty-hour-long span of extended weekend.

Can I apply to the Global cohort if I live in the U.S.?

Yes, the Global cohort accepts applications from all over the world, including the United States. You may consider addressing within the application why you are not applying to the San Francisco or Philadelphia cohorts, especially if you are within driving distance from a campus.

If I live in the United States, is my likelihood for admission into to the Global cohort lower?

We are looking for a geographically diverse Global cohort class with students from all over the world, including the United States. The Global cohort is a strong option for those who live in remote areas and from where it would be very difficult to get to the Philadelphia or San Francisco campuses. It’s also an option for those who travel frequently for work or who work for international companies.

If they can travel to San Francisco or Philadelphia by car, train, or plane — within a reasonable amount of time — we advise that prospective EMBA students first consider the San Francisco or Philadelphia cohorts.

Is the Global cohort curriculum focused on international business?

The curriculum for the Global cohort is identical to that of the Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts and the full-time Wharton MBA Program. Students complete the core curriculum in the first year of the program. In the second year, students choose from 200+ electives to tailor the curriculum to their interests.  There are components built into the Global curriculum that emphasize the realities of doing business internationally. Global students are required to take two Global Modular Courses, which are optional electives for students in the Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts.

If I miss a class session, can I access a recording?

Like many in-person Wharton EMBA class sessions, Global cohort class sessions are recorded. However, it is not encouraged to miss a class session for reasons other than sickness or emergencies. Absence and class recording policies may vary by faculty member.

Is the tuition the same for the Global cohort?

Yes, tuition for all three Wharton MBA Program for Executives cohorts is the same. Tuition covers fees and room and board for all required in-person class sessions. Transportation to and from in-person class sessions is not included.

Is the Global cohort a fully online program?

The Global cohort’s classroom format is 75% virtual and 25% in person. Over the 22-month program, students attend biweekly virtual, synchronous class sessions. These are supplemented by eight in-person extended class sessions, each lasting about 5-7 days.

Are there scholarships available for the Global cohort?

Currently, no scholarships are available for Global cohort applicants.

Will Wharton help me acquire a student visa for the in-person class visits?

Yes, we will provide the necessary documentation required for your visa application process. We encourage prospective students to begin researching the visa process early, as it can sometimes take several months to complete. Please contact Penn’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for more information regarding visas.

How do students in the Global cohort interact with students in the Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts? Do all three cohorts ever overlap?

In the second year of the program, WEMBA students have the option to take courses or terms in other WEMBA cohorts, pending the availability of space and faculty approval.

We consider the three cohorts that enter each May as one class. Everyone starts on the University of Pennsylvania campus for a week of orientation and classes. The Global students stay an extra five days to further connect with each other before beginning their virtual class sessions. During Term 5, all three cohorts participate in the required Global Business Week course. There will be four or five options, with a mix of Global, Philadelphia, and San Francisco cohort students in each. The Global Modular Courses also include students from all three executive MBA cohorts, as well as full-time MBA students, and potentially advanced undergraduate students.

A Survival Guide For Your First Term in Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives

For California Students

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