Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum is at the intersection of rigor and flexibility

Wharton’s academic departments have designed a rigorous core curriculum that will teach you the essential skills and concepts that alumni of the Wharton MBA program are expected to have mastered. These core concepts serve as the foundation for upper-level study and will resonate throughout your career.

While the theories taught in the core are indispensable to your academic development, we recognize that you are an individual with a well-developed sense of what it is that you want from your experience. For you, the core curriculum allows for flexibility to accommodate your background, interests, and goals.

The core curriculum is comprised of two parts:

Fixed Core

Taken with your cohort throughout the fall semester of the first year. We will register you for the Fixed Core based upon your cohort assignment.

Management

All MBA students must take the following (see course description):

MGMT 610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership (0.5 CU)

Marketing

All MBA students must take the following (see course description):

MKTG 611: Marketing Management (0.5 CU)

Microeconomics

Each of the following (see course descriptions):

MGEC 611: Microeconomics for Managers (0.5 CU)

MGEC 612: Advanced Microeconomics for Managers (0.5 CU)

Statistics

One of the following (see course descriptions):

STAT 613: Regression Analysis for Business (1.0 CU)

STAT 621: Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business (0.5 CU)

Communication

Each of the following (see course descriptions):

WHCP 611: Management Communication (0.25 CU)

WHCP 620: Writing Requirement (non-credit)

Plus, take 1 of the following:

WHCP 612: Advanced Persuasion (0.25 CU)

WHCP 615: Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs (0.25 CU)

Flexible Core

Courses taken that best fit your individual needs, backgrounds, and goals. Can be taken at any time during your MBA career.

Accounting

Take 1 of the following (see course descriptions):

ACCT 611: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (1.0 CU)

ACCT 612: Accelerated Financial Accounting (0.5 CU)

ACCT 613: Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting (1.0 CU)

Corporate Finance

Take 1 of the following* (see course descriptions):

FNCE 611: Corporate Finance (1.0 CU)

FNCE 612: Accelerated Corporate Finance (0.5 CU)**

FNCE 614: Corporate Finance (0.5 CU)

*Students cannot take both FNCE 614 and FNCE 615 (see Macroeconomics) to fulfill the flexible core requirements. Finance majors cannot take FNCE 614 or FNCE 615.

**For the purposes of satisfying the Corporate Finance flexible core requirement, FNCE 612 is treated as equivalent to FNCE 611.

Legal Studies & Business Ethics

Take one of the following (see course descriptions):

LGST 611: Responsibility in Global Management (0.5 CU)

LGST 612: Responsibility in Business (0.5 CU)

Macroeconomics

Take 1 of the following* (see course descriptions):

FNCE 613: Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment (1.0 CU)

FNCE 615: Introduction to Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment (0.5 CU)

*Students cannot take both FNCE 614 (see Corporate Finance) and FNCE 615 to fulfill the flexible core requirements. Finance majors cannot take FNCE 614 or FNCE 615.

Management

Take one of the following (see course descriptions):

MGMT 611: Managing the Established Enterprise (1.0 CU)

MGMT 612: Managing the Emerging Enterprise (1.0 CU)

Marketing

Take one of the following (see course descriptions):

MKTG 612: Dynamic Marketing Strategy (0.5 CU)

MKTG 613: Strategic Marketing Simulation (0.5 CU)

Operations, Information & Decisions

Take two of the following* (see course descriptions):

OIDD 611: Quality and Productivity (0.5 CU)

OIDD 612: Business Analytics (0.5 CU)

OIDD 613: Information Technology and Business Transformation (0.5 CU)

OIDD 614: Innovation (0.5 CU)

OIDD 615: Operations Strategy (0.5 CU)

*Students must complete OIDD 611 or OIDD 615,  plus one other from OIDD 611, OIDD 612, OIDD 613, OIDD 614 and OIDD 615.

The fixed core forms the backbone of the fall semester. However, there is still room to take either flexible core courses or electives. In spring semester of your first year, you will have a greater opportunity to complete additional elements of the flexible core while beginning to explore your specific elective interests and/or major requirements. A team of academic advisors are at your disposal, ready to help you chart the best course for you.

Course Match, your personal scheduling agent, is used to register for flexible core courses and for most electives. An orientation to Course Match is provided during Pre-Term.

IMPORTANT: Due to course availability constraints, students who decide to wait to complete the flexible core in their final semester may find their schedule less preferential.