Majors & Academic Departments

Select from 19 majors to pursue your goals

All MBA students are required to fulfill the course requirements of a major. The Wharton MBA Program offers 19 MBA majors to choose from. Academic advisors in the MBA Program Office of Academic Affairs 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, contact your academic advisor.

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.

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

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.

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

Business Analytics

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

Credit 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.

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.

Credit 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.

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.

Credit 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.

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.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Entrepreneurship & Innovation major.

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.

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

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.

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

Information: Strategy & Economics

This major provides an excellent foundation for careers in strategic management, both within the firm and as consultants in strategic management. It uses historical precedent and economic theory to develop a pragmatic set of skills that help students see emerging patterns and develop strategies in rapidly changing business environments.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Information: Strategy & Economics major.

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.

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

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.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Management major.

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.

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

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.

Credit 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 credit unit of Operations (OIDD) elective coursework may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

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.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Multinational Management major.

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.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Operations, Information & Decisions major.

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.

Credit Units: 4.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Organizational Effectiveness major.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Credit Units: 5.0 CU
P/F Option: Only one credit unit of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Strategic Management major.

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.