9 to 12 Months Online + On Campus
Learn with Your Peers
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.
The multimodular program will enable you to:
Investigate the application of human resources strategies to organizational approaches
Survey an organization’s human and social capital for competitive advantage
Relate talent approaches to succession planning and strategic workforce management with internal development and external hiring
Explore approaches for career development, hiring processes, and diversity
Consider effective principles and practices of leadership
Examine aspects of change management
Customize your learning journey with a choice of electives in topics aligned with your career goals.
Learn at your own pace with a weekly commitment of three to five hours of sessions and activities.
Glean insights from renowned faculty and industry experts who are at the cutting edge of innovation.
Network with accomplished peers from around the globe and gain new approaches to leadership.
Engage with your success coach to craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions.
Benefit from experiential sessions combining theory with real-world case studies and apply learnings.
Meet multiple cohort peers, industry experts, and faculty during two days of on-campus networking.
Following successful completion of the program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status.
The CHRO Program will enable forward-thinking executives like you to learn from a cutting-edge curriculum that reflects current industry trends. The program is organized into two components — 18 weeks of core modules followed by three online electives of six weeks each.
The capstone project provides a deeper dive into all that you have learned during the program. While leveraging concepts studied throughout the journey, it provides additional engagement with faculty and peers as well as an opportunity for further reflection on the challenges and opportunities you face. As part of the capstone project, you will apply program insights to an HR initiative and prepare an action plan for implementation while being guided by a learning facilitator.
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
Matthew Bidwell, PHD
Academic Director for the CHRO Program, Wharton Executive Education; Professor of Management, The Wharton School
John Paul Macduffie, PHD
Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Andrew Carton, PHD
Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Nicolaj Siggelkow, PHD
Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School
Former Global Head of Talent at Bloomberg LP
Former CHRO, Yahoo! Inc and Southwest Airlines
Allison Wright is an expert in talent management and organizational design and development. She is an experienced International Coaching Federation-certified coach. Over 20 ye...
Fabianna Tassini has served in the success coach role for several cohorts of the Wharton Executive Education CHRO Program. Tassini began her early career more than 20 years ag...
Mark Schumann helps business leaders around the world strengthen how they inspire people to create organizational cultures that can make a difference within and beyond the pla...
Earn a Wharton Executive Education digital certificate upon successful completion of the program. Alumni of the program 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 programs 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.
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.
The CHRO Program is ideal for:
Chief HR officers or chief people officers who offer counsel to senior leadership or the board of directors
Senior HR leaders across talent, people management, compensation, employee engagement, performance, and operations who are steeped in the complexities of the HR functions
Program eligibility criteria include:
A minimum of 10 years of work experience
International exposure (preferred)
Fluency in written and spoken English
Flexible payment options available.