Which is Right for Me?
Difference Between Executive MBA and MBA Programs
Same Degree, Different Logistics
Wharton offers one MBA degree in two formats: the traditional, full-time MBA in Philadelphia, or the Executive MBA in either San Francisco or Philadelphia. Both programs require the same high admissions standards, follow the same rigorous curriculum, and confer the same Wharton degree. The delivery and structure of the programs differ to meet the needs of different student types. The comparison table below details how the two programs are delivered.
|MBA PROGRAM||MBA PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVES|
|Length||20 months, including a 3.5 month summer internship (recommended)||24 months|
|Class Session Length||Year 1: August – May||Year 1: May – May|
|Year 2: September – May||Year 2: June – May|
|Weekly Schedule||Monday – Thursday||Alternate Friday/Saturday weekends with several extended sessions, plus a one-week international trip (Global Business Week)|
|Total Credit Units||19.0||19.0|
|Major||Usually 4.0 in addition to the Core.||Not required.|
|Electives||5.5||9.0. Students in the MBA Program for Executives vote to determine the electives that will be offered for their second year. Some students consider taking classes on the opposite coast for a term or even for one course.|
|Majors and Program Customization||You have a choice from 19 majors. Approximately 40% of students complete their degree with a dual major.||You may pursue a formal major, but you’re not required to do so. Elective requirements are increased to offer you better individualized study options.|
|Global Experience||You can take part in dual-degree programs, study abroad options, Global Modular Courses, and a Global Immersion Program.||A one week international trip (Global Business Week) is required. You can also take part in Global Modular Courses when courses are available without conflicting with class schedules.|
|Entering Class Size||864||234 (Philadelphia and San Francisco total)|
|Middle 80% GMAT Range||570-760||630-750|
|Average Work Experience||4 years||11 years|
|Tuition and Budget||$157,896 — tuition only ($223,800 — estimated total budget)||$210,900|
|Housing and Meals||Housing and meals are not included in the tuition.||Tuition includes fees, most materials, and program-related housing and meals. Transportation, airfare for Global Business Week, and parking are not included.|
|Career Services||You have access to on-campus recruiting services for summer internships and permanent positions. You also have access to MBA Career Management, industry specific coaching.||You have access to career coaching, workshops, and resources through dedicated MBA Exec Career Coaching Team. Internships* are not permitted and only eligible students are permitted to participate in MBA on-campus recruiting. |
*Please consider that several post MBA careers, such as Investment Banking, require an internship for candidacy.
|Company Support/Sponsorship||There are no requirements or formal programs for sponsorship, although some companies do sponsor students.||An endorsement from your company is required for time away from work. Financial support from your company is also required for Fellows applicants and is encouraged for others.|
|Campus Locations||Philadelphia, with one semester available in San Francisco by application||Philadelphia and San Francisco|