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The Wharton Executive MBA
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the United States’ oldest business school, offers two distinct MBA programs: the regular, full-time MBA, offered at the Philadelphia campus, and the executive MBA (EMBA), offered at both Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses. While the curriculum, academic rigor, and benefits of the degree and being part of the school are the same, the main differences between programs lies in the makeup of students and program structure.
Wharton, in the heart of Philadelphia, is one of the world’s top-ranked business schools, having been ranked #1 by the Financial Times each year from 2000 to 2009, and again in 2011. The EMBA program certifies students with a full-fledged MBA degree and is aimed toward a student population where the average candidate has ten or more years of work experience. However, Wharton EMBA students are upheld to the same admissions standards and academic requirements as regular, full-time MBA students; they follow the same academic curriculum and are taught by the same world-ranked faculty; and, they are required to meet the same levels of academic performance and excellence. With over 91,000 alumni in over 140 countries, Wharton offers a larger alumni base than any other top U.S. business school, supplying its students with resources that continue on far past graduation.
As opposed to the 20-month length that is required of the full-time MBA, the MBA for executives runs over the course of 24 months, starting and ending in May, and requiring students to attend classes during alternate Friday/Saturday weekends. In addition to mandatory weekend classes, EMBA students are also required to participate in a one-week international study trip, where students venture with their program to a foreign country to witness business growth, entrepreneurship, marketing dynamics, and other aspects of business building. Additionally, students in the residential EMBA program form tight bonds as they not only learn together, but live together on campus.
Currently, over 40% of Wharton EMBA students hold advanced degrees before entering into the program. With this, EMBA students are placed side-by-side with like-minded participants who share a love of high-level learning and will be able to apply their knowledge obtained at Wharton directly to their work from week to week. With such an integrative curriculum that allows for building close friendships and key knowledge bases, the Wharton EMBA offers not only an unparalleled MBA degree, but an unparalleled experience.
Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts)
President, MBA Admit.com