MBA Learning Agreement


Wharton’s reputation rests on its mission of learning and academic excellence. The Learning Agreement serves as a set of ideal standards for both students and faculty to create a world-class educational experience. Our collective goal is to create and enjoy an engaging classroom environment, which is open to diverse views and centered on practical knowledge applicable to our students’ future careers. It is our shared responsibility to help each other in the learning process, and we are expected to hold each other accountable to the standards set forth in this Learning Agreement.

I. Student Standards

Classroom Conduct

  • Arrive on time, ready to begin, and minimize disruptions throughout the session.
  • Display your Wharton name tent to allow for a personalized classroom experience.
  • Turn off and put away your phone. If you must keep a phone on by reason of a personal emergency, you must inform the instructor before class begins.
  • Do not use your laptop or tablet unless for educational purposes as permitted by the instructor (e.g., notetaking, reading, or data analysis).
  • Respect the physical environment by maintaining classroom cleanliness.

Preparation and Interaction

  • To achieve positive learning outcomes for you and other students, be prepared to engage fully in each session through your focused attention and active involvement.
  • Encourage an inclusive learning environment and show respect for the point of view of others.


  • Contribute your fair share; free-riding distracts from your learning and the learning of others.
  • Hold teammates and yourself accountable to team goals and assignments.
  • Support and encourage your teammates.
  • Appreciate the diversity of knowledge, skills, and abilities within the team.
  • Be honest and transparent in your evaluation of teammates.


  • Promote the growth of ethically responsible business leaders and adhere to the highest standards of honesty and academic integrity.

II. Instructor Standards

Classroom Conduct

  • Begin and end class on time.
  • Engage students to promote the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content.
  • Create a classroom environment with intriguing content that motivates student interest, develops subject mastery, and highlights business applications.
  • Lead the class to foster an inclusive learning environment that respects the diversity of knowledge, skills, and abilities among the students.


  • State the learning objectives for the course.
  • Explain to students how each component of their grade is evaluated, including class participation.
  • Provide due dates and times for assessments and deliverables.
  • Identify required and recommended course materials.
  • List your office hours and availability outside of the classroom.
  • Make the current syllabus available prior to the beginning of the course.

Student Support

  • Commit to timely grading and submitting of final grades.
  • Respond to student requests and inquiries in a prompt and respectful manner.
  • Provide students with feedback on their work, as well as the distribution of results.
  • Communicate how students can improve if learning objectives are not met.
  • Make course materials available in advance to foster course preparation.