Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Program

Immerse in a 9-month learning journey

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Course Dates


March 30, 2022

Course Duration


9 Months
Online + On Campus

Course Duration


US$20,000 US$400 application fee

Program Fee Benefit

US$20,000 US$19,000

We are offering a program fee benefit of US$1,000 exclusively for participants who apply by February 17, 2022.

Why Enroll in the Chief Human Resources Officer Program?

The CHRO Program is an immersive, nine-month learning journey that takes you through a mix of relevant modules that combine theory and real-world case studies, along with video lectures, fireside chats, and research findings. As a program participant, you will connect with faculty who are global thought leaders, interact with industry experts, and collaborate with distinguished peers. Prepare for a learning journey that promises to encourage reflection, stimulate discussion, and foster an exchange of thoughtful perspectives.


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

Source: Deloitte Insights


of HR professionals say HR will substantially change, and 75% think the change will be an expansion of HR’s accountability.

Source: Deloitte Insights


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

Source: Deloitte Insights

Program Highlights

No longer just a supporting player, human resources now has a seat at the executive table. 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. For nine months, you will engage in a mix of thought-provoking, online, interactive modules where you will explore contemporary case studies, noteworthy research, 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 a competitive advantage in your industry. The program culminates with two days of on-campus networking, followed by graduation.

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High touch

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

Choose three out of eight topical electives (of six weeks each) to gain relevant skill sets specific to your role.

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Practitioner insights

Glean insights from global industry experts with guest lectures throughout the program.

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Peer learning

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

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Rigorous curriculum

Immerse in a nine-month learning journey that includes in-depth sessions in HR strategies and practices.

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Real-world applications

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

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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.

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World-renowned faculty

Interact and learn from the same faculty who teach in senior executive programs.


With your demanding schedule and ever-increasing responsibilities, you need the flexibility to pursue advanced learning at your convenience and within your own timeframe. The CHRO Program is designed with that flexibility in mind. It combines a curriculum of 18 weeks each of core modules and electives.
  • Program participants will examine novel and emerging theories, valuable insights, and innovative approaches. 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.

    Elevating the CHRO Role

    • Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
    • Building HR Systems That Drive Organizational Performance

    Human Capital and Talent Strategy

    • Performance Management
    • Talent Strategy — Talent on Demand
    • Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
    • People Analytics

    Leading Culture and Organizational Change

    • Driving and Managing Change
    • Driving High Performance Teams
    • Leadership Communication and Influence
    • Leading in Times of Uncertainty

  • 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.

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

    Note: Final list of electives is subject to change

  • Join your peers for a two-day on-campus networking and graduation event.

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; Associate 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

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Chief People Officer at Carta

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Success Coach; Former Head of People & Organization at Chanel

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Independent Board Director; Former CHRO at Yahoo and Southwest Airlines



Earn a digital Wharton Executive Education certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Benefits Offered to Participants:

  • Exclusive LinkedIn group
  • Rich networking opportunities
  • Additional discount to take further online electives

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

We strongly recommend that interested participants apply early.

Round 1


Round 2

Deadline: February 17, 2022
Application fee: US$400

Round 3

Deadline: March 15, 2022
Application fee: US$500

The program fee is US$20,000 and covers teaching fees, all academic material, and access to online coursework. The fee does not include accommodation for the on-campus networking and graduation, transport expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

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Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!