Management Development Program

Gain the knowledge, insight, and confidence to drive better business results

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Course Dates


June 13, 2024

Course Duration


6 months, online
3–5 hours per week

Course Fee



Cultivate a Management Mindset

Organizations need multifaceted managers with the skill set to consider the financial, operational, strategic, and human implications of their business decisions. In Wharton’s online Management Development Program, you’ll gain the hard and soft skills to become a more effective and well-rounded leader.

Whether you’re a senior business leader looking to enhance your skills, a mid-level manager who wants to advance to the next level, or someone from a non-business discipline currently in a business management role, this program will help you attain the confidence, agility, and insights to succeed.

Key Takeaways

In the Management Development Program, you will learn to:

  • Acquire a range of hard and soft skills to improve your operational and strategic decision-making abilities, build trust, and create effective communication
  • Make more educated decisions through a better understanding of financial, accounting, marketing, and operational topics, including return on investment, financial statements, brand positioning, and customer analytics
  • Plan for organizational growth by improving work processes, decision trees, and organizational architecture
  • Build and leverage your network of other successful, high-performing professionals in the cohort

Program Curriculum

The program’s comprehensive curriculum provides you with a full range of managerial insights, including how to effectively use your managerial power to build trust and motivate people; enhance your financial and accounting acumen; boost your marketing and communications impact; and improve your operational and strategic decision-making abilities.

The curriculum also includes an optional two-day on-campus Wharton networking and learning event in celebration of the program’s completion.

Program Highlights


Recorded lectures and online learning to help you achieve work-life balance

Interactive Learning

Engage your thinking with live webinars, office hours, discussion boards, and fireside chats with Wharton MBA alumni

World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from the same faculty who teach in Wharton's MBA program

Career Enhancement

Personal assessment helps you chart your own path

Well-Rounded Curriculum

A blend of hard and soft skills that prepares you to become an effective leader

Peer Learning

Network with and learn from high-achieving peers around the globe

Real-World Application

Immediately apply relevant program learnings in your workplace

Hands-On Application Exercises

Use experiential learning activities to reinforce new skills

Wharton On-Campus Event

Enjoy a two-day learning and networking event to celebrate program completion

Our Participants


  • North America – 73%
  • Asia – 13%
  • Europe – 5%
  • Africa – 5%
  • South America – 4%


  • 0-9 years – 17%
  • 10-14 years – 25%
  • 15-19 years – 26%
  • 20+ years – 32%

Job Function

  • General management – 21%
  • Sales and business development – 19%
  • Information technology – 9%
  • Engineering – 7%
  • Project management – 7%
  • Marketing/PR – 6%
  • Other – 30%

The program provides a 360-degree view with the manager in the middle of everything. The participants and their varied experiences made it even more interesting.

— Anand Ganesan, Life Sciences Solutions Consultant

“What I enjoyed the most was how complete this program was. When I searched for a program that was not as long as an MBA, this offered everything I was looking for.”

— Argenis M. Contreras, President, Doral International Foods, LLC

The lecture video content, examples, and overall structure of the program was very good. The program hit on all the key elements needed for one to grow in the area of general management.

— Shawn Brown, Project Manager, RSCC Wire and Cable

“The content was the best as well as the flexibility of the work submissions.”

— Olga Etkina, Founder, Career and Talent Advisor, Black Swan Careers

The program made me look in the mirror as a manager and evaluate myself. I have not done this in the past and it will help me in the future in being a better overall manager.

— Glenn Howell, Director of Sales, RGA Enterprises, Inc.

The module on ‘Managing Yourself’ made me dive deep within myself to see the changes I needed to make to become a better leader.”

— Mitch Sava , Director U.S. Sales, MicroPort CRM

About Wharton Executive Education

Wharton Executive Education delivers best-in-class, integrated learning experiences that are innovative, evidence-based, results-focused, and practical. With the goal of advancing leaders at every level, our programs are rooted in the latest research, enhance business acumen, and encourage new ways of thinking to solve the global business and leadership challenges of today and tomorrow.

Program Faculty

The same faculty who teach in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program also teach in the online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset, complete with live sessions that include Q&A.

Faculty Member Lori Rosenkopf, PhD

Lori Rosenkopf, PhD

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Eric Bradlow, PhD

Eric Bradlow, PhD

The K. P. Chao Professor; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean, Analytics at Wharton; Chairperson, Wharton Marketing Department; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education; Professor of Statistics, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Peter Cappelli, DPhil

Peter Cappelli, DPhil

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Peter Fader, PhD

Peter Fader, PhD

Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Barbara Kahn, PhD

Barbara Kahn, PhD

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Patti Williams, PhD

Patti Williams, PhD

Ira A. Lipman Associate Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Richard Lambert, PhD

Richard Lambert, PhD

Miller-Sherrerd Professor; Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Cade Massey, PhD

Cade Massey, PhD

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Faculty Member G. Richard Shell, JD

G. Richard Shell, JD

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Faculty Member Michael Useem, PhD

Michael Useem, PhD

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest



Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.

Note: After successful completion of the online 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.

This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Have more questions?

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.

    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at the ID mentioned above.

    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.

    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.

    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.

    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.

    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please email us if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.

    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.
    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.

    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.

    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us for details.

    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.

    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email us your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enrolling in.

    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.

    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please connect with us via email for assistance.

    Who will be collecting the payment for the program?

    Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.

  • What is the program refund and deferral policy?

    For the program refund and deferral policy, please click the link here.

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