Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program

Inspire transformational change

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Course Dates


September 28, 2022

Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online + On Campus

Course Fee


US$20,000 US$18,500 US$300 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit


The program fee is US$20,000. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$18,500.
This is only available to participants who apply by August 10, 2022 .

Why Enroll in the Chief Human Resources Officer Program?

Faced with today’s uncertain business landscape, HR leaders now play a pivotal role in what some say is a paradigm shift in the industry. Organizations are increasingly recognizing talent as a top priority and the importance of the HR executive, whose role has never been more integral or critical to the bottom line.

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program is a comprehensive, 9- to 12-month program that will help take you beyond your current role into one that transforms the future of the company. It is an opportunity for you to leverage organizational change and accelerate your impact.

If you want to discover powerful ways to drive change in your organization, then the CHRO Program is for you.


of leaders say the evolving role of HR is important for them.

Source: Deloitte Insights


of HR professionals say that HR's accountability will undergo expansion.

Source: Deloitte Insights


of professionals say they need to rethink their workforce experience to improve productivity.

Source: Deloitte Insights

Customized Design for Your Success

The CHRO Program is designed with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online sessions, including fireside chats and guest lectures from leading researchers and global industry leaders. The flexible format of the CHRO Program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.


The self-paced modules provide the flexibility to accommodate learning between your busy work schedule. The program can be completed in 9 to 12 months as your schedule and program selections demand.


A community learning experience with a limited cohort size facilitates weekly interactive discussions with peers, program coaches, faculty, industry speakers, and career advisors — allowing you to implement program learnings to real-world scenarios.


The multimodular learning journey experience, including the capstone project, allows you to learn and grow as an executive while enabling you to develop impactful HR strategies to improve your personal and organizational goals.

Program highlights

This robust program will empower you to embrace a more strategic mindset, hone your effective decision-making skills, and help you take your organization to the next level. Over 9 to 12 months, you will engage in a mix of thought-provoking, online, interactive modules where you will explore contemporary case studies and applicable best practices. You will also discover how to apply the latest concepts in performance management and people analytics that help your organization achieve competitive advantage in your industry. The program culminates with two days of on-campus networking and graduation event.

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Interactive sessions

Leverage interactive sessions with faculty, fireside chats with practitioners, and networking sessions with peers.

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Learn at your own pace with online sessions and customize your learning journey with electives.

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Choice of electives

Select from relevant topical electives to gain skills specific to your career goals.

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Expert faculty

Learn from world-renowned Wharton faculty and global industry experts.

Capstone project

Guided by a learning facilitator, apply program insights to an HR initiative and prepare an action plan for implementation.

Comprehensive curriculum

Immerse in a learning journey of 9 to 12 months that includes in-depth sessions in the latest technology tools, trends, and strategies.

Real-world applications

Learn from real-world case studies and business challenges during the program, and apply the learnings to your job immediately.

Success coach

You will be assigned a success coach who will help craft your learning journey in line with your career goals.

Peer interaction

Interact with and learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network.

Pathway to alumni status

Following successful completion of the CHRO Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton Alumni Status.


With your demanding schedule and ever-increasing responsibilities, you need the flexibility to pursue advanced learning at your convenience and within your own time frame. The CHRO Program is designed with that flexibility in mind. It combines a curriculum of 18 weeks of core modules and six weeks each of selected electives, culminating in two days of invaluable on-campus connection and networking.
  • Program participants will examine novel and emerging theories, valuable insights, and innovative approaches in the field. Along with global peers and faculty, you will discover new ways to identify turnaround strategies and the leaders who can implement them. You will also investigate the nuances of accessing data to measure, refine, and communicate HR goals. These core sessions will empower you to apply the tools you need to oversee leadership transitions and succession processes. Ultimately, you will emerge from this learning journey refreshed, reinvigorated, and inspired with a richer, deeper knowledge base and the sharpened skills to help you thrive in an accelerated role. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to use these newly honed skills to ensure your organization is more efficient, effective, and ready to address the HR challenges ahead.

    Elevating the CHRO Role

    • The Opportunity and the Trap
    • Strategy Assessment
    • Human Resource Systems and Strategy
    • Strategy Creation
    • Strategy Implementation
    • Solving Challenges with Human Resources

    Human Capital and Talent Strategy

    • Talent Strategy
    • What Do Your Employees Want? A Career Perspective
    • Managing the Talent Pipeline
    • Performance Management
    • Diversity
    • Analytics and New Technologies in Talent Management

    Leading Culture and Organizational Change

    • What Kind of Leader Are You?
    • Generating a Compelling Vision: The Science Behind Creativity and Cascading
    • Making Your Vision a Reality: The Science Behind Culture and Communication
    • The Rider: Creating Change by Shaping the Way People Think
    • The Elephant: Creating Change through Emotion
    • The Path: Creating Change by Molding the Situation
  • As part of the CHRO Program, you will have a choice of three electives from a selection of topics that complement the core curriculum learning experience. These electives afford deeper exploration with your virtual community, as well as a chance to gain a broader perspective and useful insights into common HR challenges. Once back at the workplace, you will be able to immediately apply lessons learned for actionable results.

    • Executive Presence and Influence in the C-Suite
    • Corporate Governance
    • Mastering Talent Management: Engaging and Nurturing Top Talent
    • Future of Work: Leading Modern Workplaces
    • Executive Compensation
    • Career Strategies for CXOs
    • HR Management Analytics
    • Strategic Human Resource Management

    Note: Final list of electives is subject to change

  • *This event will occur annually in Philadelphia upon the completion of every fourth cohort of this program.

Pathway to Wharton alumni status

For more than 135 years, Wharton has been the place where visionaries, inventors, and trailblazers get their start. After completing the CHRO Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status.

Executives who successfully complete the CHRO Program have the option of applying to the General Management Program (GMP). The GMP provides further opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and business acumen with a flexible curriculum. The CHRO Program provides one credit towards the six required to complete the GMP and earn alumni status. More details on the GMP is available at Wharton Executive Education.

Upon qualifying for Wharton alumni status, you will be eligible to receive:

  • Full access to become a member of 77+ Wharton alumni clubs
  • Invitation to attend future Wharton global alumni forums
  • A Wharton email address

Program faculty

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Matthew Bidwell, PhD

Academic Director for the CHRO Program, Wharton Executive Education; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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John Paul MacDuffie, PhD

Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Andrew Carton, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Past speakers



Chief Diversity Officer, Microsoft


Chief People Officer, Ralph Lauren

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Former Global Head of Talent at Bloomberg LP

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Former CHRO, Yahoo! Inc and Southwest Airlines



Earn a Wharton Executive Education digital certificate upon successful completion of the program. As an alumnus of this transformative program, you get exclusive access to a wide range of professionals, events, and networking opportunities. Furthermore, you can also benefit from additional tuition assistance upon enrolling in further online electives from Wharton Executive Education.

Note: After successful completion of the 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.

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Please also note that participation in the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program (a) will not result in a degree from, alumni status with, or earned credit at the University of Pennsylvania or the Wharton School (or, to Wharton’s knowledge, any other institution), (b) will not be recorded on a University of Pennsylvania or Wharton transcript, and (c) does not guarantee or suggest that a participant will be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School, or to any other university or institution.

Who is it for?

Ideal candidates for the CHRO Program possess a deep understanding of all aspects of human resources management as well as industrial relations policies, practices, and operations. You are strategists, organizational orchestrators, and compliance regulators who are steeped in the complexities of human resources. You are often tapped for the counsel you offer to senior leadership or the board of directors. Designed for Chief HR/People Officers, the program also benefits senior HR leaders across talent, people management, compensation, engagement, performance, and HR operations.

Program eligibility criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience
  • International exposure (preferred)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Application details

program fee

US$20,000 US$18,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$300
program fee

US$20,000 US$19,000

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$400
program fee


The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$400

The program fee covers all program materials. The fee does not include accommodations for the on-campus networking and graduation event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

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