Your Wharton Weekend

You will experience the energy of this vibrant and diverse community both in and out of the classroom, from learning teams and study groups to lunch and dinnertime meetings with faculty and executive speakers.


Our program’s unique residency requirement creates a focused living-and-learning environment on program weekends. We take care of the logistical details so that your attention is on your studies. This format also helps you develop your own close networks and friendships. Whatever your background, you’ll find highly motivated and high-achieving professionals who share your interests and who will open your eyes to new possibilities. Take a look at this sample two-day schedule, which reflects a typical Wharton executive MBA weekend. Or, see the program schedule for the full two years.

A Sample Program Weekend Schedule


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. You arrive on campus, drop your luggage, grab some coffee, and head to class.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Contagious: How Ideas Catch on with Marketing Professor Jonah Berger
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Grab lunch to-go and head to a classroom to hear Executive speaker Alex Gorsky, WG’96, CEO and Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, discuss leadership, integrity, and corporate responsibility.
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution with Management Professor Peter Cappelli
4:45 – 7:00 p.m. Management Communication with communications faculty from Wharton’s Management Department, who work with you to improve your presentation skills.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner in our executive facilities.
8:00 p.m. Friday night stay over in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Students read in their guest rooms or work on group projects in study rooms. Some get together at the pub for a little rest and relaxation before another busy day. Some venture off campus to explore the city together.


7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the dining facility to gear up for the day. You might stop first at the fitness center or go for a run along the Embarcadero or the Schuylkill River.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Product Design and Development with Operations and Information Management Professor Karl Ulrich
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the executive dining room gives you the chance to catch up with other students or chat with a faculty member.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Foundations of Teamwork & Leadership with Management Professor Michael Useem, director of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, who explores the leadership lessons drawn from various current events.
4:00 p.m. Time to go home! Between program weekends, you study 20-25 hours/week, which includes time spent collaborating on projects with your study teams by phone, e-mail, and via Canvas, Wharton’s customized course collaboration platform.