General Course Offerings/Logistics

What is the difference between the Wharton MBA Program for Executives (MBA Exec) and other Executive Education programs at Wharton | San Francisco?

The MBA Program for Executives is the School’s two-year weekend MBA degree program, designed for working executives. It is part of Wharton’s Graduate Division, which includes both the full-time and executive MBA programs.

The Wharton Executive Education Division offers short, non-degree programs for middle- and senior-level executives.

What faculty teach at Wharton | San Francisco?

Wharton faculty travel to San Francisco to meet face-to-face with executive MBA students and executive education participants. In addition, some industry experts and guest speakers are drawn from the region. View a representative list of Wharton faculty who have taught at Wharton | San Francisco.

Where do participants stay when attending programs at Wharton | San Francisco?

All executive MBA students stay at Le Méridien during program weekends. Le Méridien is located at 333 Battery Street in San Francisco, a short walk from the Wharton | San Francisco campus. Executive education participants also stay at a nearby hotel during their program sessions.

Is the MBA Exec program offered through Wharton | San Francisco the same as that offered on the East Coast? Are the same faculty teaching on the West Coast as in main campus programs?

Yes, the program and faculty are the same. Applicants are evaluated based on the same high professional and academic standards, and admitted students are required to complete the same rigorous course of study. Wharton faculty commute to teach in California, and there is a full administrative staff onsite.

Is the acceptance criteria the same? Do students have to apply separately to Wharton | San Francisco and Philadelphia?

Acceptance criteria are the same for all MBA Exec applicants. All prospective students apply to the Wharton MBA Program for Executives and are considered using the same selection process. Whether successful applicants attend the program in Philadelphia or San Francisco is determined by the student’s preference.

Where do MBA Exec students come from to attend the West Coast class?

Most students come from the Western half of the U.S., including Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, and as far east as Austin. Several students have come to the program from Asia and Latin America as well.

Can I enroll in individual MBA Exec courses?

MBA Exec courses are open only to students who have matriculated into the two-year degree program. Wharton’s non-credit Executive Education courses are open to experienced professionals who are interested in furthering their management education and development.

Since I live in the area, can I spend my Friday nights at home?

When you join the MBA Exec program, you agree to “immerse” yourself in the School environment for two days every other week. Our students confirm our view that MBA Exec students learn nearly as much from each other as they learn during formal class hours. Much of this interaction takes place on Friday evenings when the study groups get together to master course material. This time commitment also allows our students to form personal and professional bonds, which last long after graduation.

See more frequently asked questions on the Wharton MBA Program for Executives website:

San Francisco MBA for Executives
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