Management Development Program (Online)

Develop your managerial mindset

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Course Dates


March 18, 2021

Course Duration


6 months, online
3–5 hours per week

Course Duration

Preparing You for General Management

Managing the budget is important. But building trust and effective communication are also critical skills for today’s managers. Advance your ability to manage people, products, and processes with agility and confidence by enrolling in Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset.

In this flexible six-month online program, the learning journey is broken up into seven main learning modules, blending the development of hard skills and soft skills into one holistic learning experience.

Who Is This Program For?

Whether you want to advance in your current industry, shift roles, or build a new business, Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset can help you achieve your goals. This program is right for you if you are:

  • An individual contributor from a technical or non-technical field who aspires to — or has recently gained — management responsibilities
  • A functional expert or mid-level manager with potential for future senior management roles
  • An aspiring entrepreneur or business owner who wants to achieve a management credential that will help support the growth of your enterprise

Ingredients for a Winning Managerial Mindset

Hard Skills:

  • Accounting: Understanding balance sheets, income statements, and cash flows
  • Finance: Learning about time value of money, interest rates, and return on investment
  • Marketing: Understanding the customer, brand positioning, and analytics/measuring results
  • Operations and strategy: Understanding and improving work processes, decision trees, planning for growth, and organizational architecture

Soft Skills:

  • Stakeholder management: Building trust, communicating effectively, and leveraging networks
  • Managing people: Understanding motivation and designing reward systems for people, designing jobs, using managerial power effectively, and making decisions
  • Managing yourself: Launching your personal search for success, thinking about success on your own terms, and defining achievement and happiness for yourself

Program Topics

Program Introduction:

Managerial Mindset

Module 1:

Managing People (Weeks 2-5)

Module 2:

Stakeholder Management (Weeks 6-8)

Module 3:

Introduction to Accounting (Weeks 9-11)

Module 4:

Introduction to Finance (Weeks 12-15)

Module 5:

Marketing (Weeks 16-19)

Module 6:

Operations and Strategy (Weeks 20-23)

Module 7:

Managing Yourself (Weeks 24-26)

Wharton On-Campus Event:

Networking and learning event and celebration of program completion

Program Introduction:

Managerial Mindset

Module 5:

Marketing (Weeks 16-19)

Module 1:

Managing People (Weeks 2-5)

Module 6:

Operations and Strategy (Weeks 20-23)

Module 2:

Stakeholder Management (Weeks 6-8)

Module 7:

Managing Yourself (Weeks 24-26)

Module 3:

Introduction to Accounting (Weeks 9-11)

Wharton On-Campus Event:

Networking and learning event and celebration of program completion

Module 4:

Introduction to Finance (Weeks 12-15)
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Program Highlights


Achieve work/life balance with online learning

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

Blend of hard and soft skills prepare you for being a well-rounded leader

Real-World Application

Apply the learnings to your job immediately

High Touch

Live webinars, office hours, and discussion boards engage your thinking

Peer Learning

Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate from the Wharton School

On-Campus Event

Come to the Wharton campus for a special three-day learning event, networking, and celebration of program completion

Learning Methods

  • Hogan Personality Assessment and Debrief
  • Fireside Chats with Wharton MBA Alumni
  • Live Webinars with Faculty
  • Office Hours with Industry Practitioners
  • Interactive Moderated Discussion Boards
  • Hands-On Application Exercises
  • Crowd-Sourcing Activities
  • Final Capstone Project

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.

Lori Rosenkopf, PhD

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

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

Peter Cappelli, DPhil

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

Peter Fader, PhD

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

Barbara Kahn, PhD

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

Richard Lambert, PhD

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

Cade Massey, PhD

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

Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

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

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

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

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

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.

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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?

    If you want to achieve a management credential from an elite business school, while also maintaining your work/life balance, the Management Development Program may be a good fit. The required work effort is three to five hours per week, including live sessions with Wharton faculty, peer discussion groups, recorded videos, and short assignments. The on-campus three-day event at the end of the program offers opportunities to network with your peers, continue cultivating your management mindset, and celebrate your program completion.

    If you are someone who wants to build your business skills to make a greater impact on your organization and on society, then developing your managerial mindset is your first step. Both the public and private sectors need more managers who not only have the hard skills such as finance, accounting, and operations to manage the business, but also the soft skills to manage people by building trust and communicating effectively. Even as technology infiltrates every aspect of our work, companies need people who can think in multiple dimensions, considering financial, operational, and human implications of business decisions.

    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    There are no prerequisites for this program, except that you are fluent in English.

    What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the capstone project and 80 percent of the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion from Wharton. Elements that contribute to the score are discussion posts, polls, and activities in which you apply program content.

    What is the three-day on-campus event all about and is it mandatory to attend?

    Because we know that there is immense value in meeting your peers and faculty in person, the program culminates with a live three-day event on Wharton’s campus designed to deepen the relationships you foster online with peers, to network with your colleagues, to build additional leadership skills, and to celebrate your program completion. It is optional, not mandatory, to attend this event. However, we believe this unique aspect of the program design will add tremendous value to your overall experience, and you won’t want to miss it. Highlights include:

    • Networking with your peers from the program and faculty
    • One day on stakeholder management: Topics such as creating leadership presence and having difficult conversations
    • Tour of Wharton’s campus in Philadelphia, PA
    • Half day on career planning
    • Half day on leading teams with experiential learning activities
    • Program completion ceremony, reflection session, and dinner

    Is the cost of attending the three-day event included in the program fees?

    There is no additional cost to join this three-day event, although travel costs such as airfare and hotel are the responsibility of the participant. We will offer suggestions for accommodations near Wharton’s campus along with a special discount code.

  • How much time is required each week and how is the time spent?

    Having ambition to advance your management career doesn’t have to mean that you put your personal life on hold. We have designed this program to fit into your current working life, with just three to five hours of effort required per week. During the capstone project, you may need to put in more time to make it really shine, but this is the expected requirement to achieve a passing grade. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending live webinars and live office hours
    • 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 capstone project

    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 action learning exercises.

    What is it like to learn online with Wharton and their learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 3 million individuals have accessed Wharton’s knowledge through online learning since 2012. With this vast experience comes the confidence to design and deliver learning experiences with impact.

    It’s interactive, flexible, rigorous, and designed to include a lot of personal attention so that you can reach your learning goals more effectively. You will join a community of learners who are excited to expand and share their knowledge. Here are a few elements that set this program apart:

    • Thought leadership: The faculty who teach in the Management Development Program are among the same faculty who teach in Wharton’s renowned MBA program. They are among the most published faculty in the world, and their research and real-world practice informs every aspect of this curriculum.
    • Live office hours held weekly throughout the program will address your questions about what you are learning.
    • Dedicated program support team to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that affects your learning experience.

    Who is Emeritus and where are they located?

    Wharton Executive Education is collaborating with Emeritus to create and deliver this program. The certificate is issued by the Wharton School. Emeritus provides technology and student support throughout the experience.

    Emeritus is based in Singapore, with offices located in the United States, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and India. More than 30,000 professionals from over 150 countries have taken programs with Emeritus to date.

    When are the live sessions scheduled?

    Because participants join from all over the world, we strive to schedule the live sessions at times when the majority of participants can join. All sessions are recorded and available 24 hours after the session. Moderated discussion boards supplement the live sessions.

    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 do I receive upon successful completion of the program?

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

    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 one full year 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. You can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. Video lectures must be streamed via the internet and webinars and office hours will require an internet connection.

  • What is the program fee for the Management Development Program and what forms of payment do you accept?

    • The program fee can be seen at the top of this page and payment is accepted in U.S. dollars only.
    • There are travel costs for the three-day on-campus event at Wharton, if you decide to attend.
    • Flexible payment options are available.
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please contact your program advisor to discuss.

    What if I don’t have a credit card – is there another mode of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can make a bank remittance in USD via wire transfer. Please contact your program advisor for more details.

    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 in the application form and should be selected before making the payment.

    Does the program fee include taxes? Are there any additional fees?

    Yes, the program fee is inclusive of any taxes with the exception of GST for Singapore residents.

  • Withdrawals and Refunds

    You may request a full refund within seven (7) days of your payment or fourteen (14) days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrollment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to: admissions@emeritus.org.


    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to: admissions@emeritus.org.

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