Majors & Academic Departments

Select from 18 MBA majors

All MBA students are required to fulfill the degree requirements of a major. The Wharton MBA Program offers 18 MBA majors to choose from. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your academic program throughout the duration of your time at Wharton. With proper course planning, it is possible for a student to complete more than one major.

Students whose interests do not conform to existing majors may petition for the approval of an individualized major. This option is available to students with specific, well-defined, interdisciplinary interests. Individualized majors require forethought and planning to complete. If you are interested in learning more about individualized majors, please contact your academic advisor.

International students, the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the tracking of your field of study. The CIP codes of the MBA majors, as of April 1, 2019, are listed below. Students who complete a major with a CIP code on the STEM Designated Degree Program list, denoted*, may be eligible to obtain a STEM OPT extension.

Accounting

The Accounting major helps students acquire the skills to measure and communicate an organization’s economic activities. Accounting is the formal system of collecting, organizing, and reporting the financial data used to make economic decisions.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Accounting major.

CIP Code: 52.0301

Actuarial Science

This major includes general business courses important for developing a strong, general understanding of the business environment, as well as quantitative courses in economics, accounting, computer science, and finance.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: This major is being discontinued after the 2019-2020 academic year. Only MBA students graduating in 2020 are eligible for this major.**

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Actuarial Science major.

CIP Code: 52.1304*

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics major is designed to build deep
competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee
data-driven business decisions.

Course Units: 6.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Business Analytics major. Up to one (1) CU from a list of pre-approved non-Wharton courses may be counted towards the major.

CIP Code: 52.1301*

Business Economics & Public Policy

The Business Economics and Public Policy major equips future business leaders with the tools to analyze incentives and policies of firms, governments, and consumers.

Course Units: 4.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Business Economics & Public Policy major.

CIP Code: 45.0603*

Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (formerly Environmental and Risk Management)

The MBA Major in Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (“BEES”) is designed to provide in-depth foundations for those interested in the complex relationships between business and the natural environment, management of environmental risks, and the business and economics of energy.

Course Units: 4.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability major.

CIP Code: 03.0103*

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Entrepreneurial Management major provides MBA students with skills, analytical tools, perspectives, and experiences that prepare them for careers as autonomous entrepreneurs, family-business entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs in corporate settings.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Entrepreneurship & Innovation major.

CIP Code: 52.0701

Finance

The Finance major provides students with the analytic and theoretical tools required to master practical issues in Finance, with applications to financial management in business firms, financial institutions, government, and not-for-profit entities.

Course Units: 6.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Finance major.

CIP Code: 52.0801

Health Care Management

The Health Care Management major builds on the established strength of the management core to provide expertise in the unique elements and issues of the health care industry.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Health Care Management major.

CIP Code: 51.0701

Individualized Major

Students whose interests do not conform to existing majors may petition for the approval of an individualized major. This option is available to students with specific, well-defined,  interdisciplinary interests. Individualized majors require forethought and planning to complete. If you are interested in learning more about individualized majors, contact your  academic advisor.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the major.

CIP Code: 52.0201

Insurance & Risk Management

By majoring in insurance and risk management, an MBA student may fuse general management education with specialized expertise. This major enables the student to gain a thorough understanding of risk management and insurance theory and practice.

Course Units: 4.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Insurance & Risk Management major.

CIP Code: 52.1701

Legal Studies and Business Ethics

The department is the Wharton School’s base for scholarship and teaching at the intersection of law, ethics and business. Legal Studies and Business Ethics allows students to supplement their major field with in-depth knowledge of one or more relevant legal areas.

While this department does not offer a major within the MBA program, please explore departmental course offerings.

Management

This major allows a student to flexibly choose among the full set of the Management department’s offerings. As a consequence, students can mold a curriculum that spans issues of managing the internal processes of firms and considerations of strategic advantage — for both young and growing, as well as established organizations.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Management major.

CIP Code: 52.0201

Marketing

The marketing major is designed to build deep competency in the art and science of choosing which customers to serve, and getting, keeping and growing them through delivering superior customer value.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Marketing major.

CIP Code: 52.1401

Marketing & Operations (Joint Major)

Marketing and Operations are two closely interrelated functional areas in all manufacturing and service firms. This cross-functional major is designed to satisfy the strong need in industry for MBAs with in-depth training in both areas. Graduates from this major are better prepared to accept future career challenges at the intersection of these two disciplines.

Course Units: 7.0 CU
P/F Option: Marketing (MKTG) electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Marketing & Operations major. One (1) CU of Operations (OIDD) elective coursework may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

CIP Code: 52.1401

Multinational Management

The purpose of the multinational management major is to prepare MBAs for managerial, financial and consulting positions in which a sophisticated understanding of the multinational firm, the international competitive environment, and the crossnational political and social aspects of business is required.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Multinational Management major.

CIP Code: 52.1101

Operations, Information & Decisions

The Operations, Information, and Decisions major is designed to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises by educating highly capable professionals; and discovering, developing, and validating new principles, theory, and methods. Members of the department share common interests in process management, decision-making, and information.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Operations, Information & Decisions major.

CIP Code: 52.1399*

Organizational Effectiveness

The Organizational Effectiveness major is designed to educate students in the leading edge of theory and practice associated with the management of employees and the design of organizations.

Course Units: 4.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Organizational Effectiveness major.

CIP Code: 52.0299

Real Estate

This major prepares students to be leaders in the real estate industry and provides the quantitative and qualitative tools necessary for their roles in shaping the future of the industry.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Real Estate major.

CIP Code: 52.1501

Statistics

The Statistics major develops the skills and insights required to draw inferences and conclusions from many types of data. Courses offered by the Statistics Department develop the skills and insights required to make effective use of statistical methods.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Statistics major.

CIP Code: 27.0501*

Strategic Management

This major provides students with a deep grounding in the basic logic of competitive advantage, premised on a careful analytical treatment of the distinct qualities and positions of individual firms and an understanding of broader competitive dynamics.

Course Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Strategic Management major.

CIP Code: 52.0201

Wharton Communication Program

The Wharton Communication Program helps prepare business leaders for the communication challenges they will face as business and community leaders.

While this department does not offer a major within the MBA program, please explore departmental course offerings.