Starts on


October 1, 2020

info Application deadline extended


6 months, online
3–5 hours per week

Starts on


October 1, 2020

info Application deadline extended


6 months, online
3-5 hours per week

Preparing You for General Management

Managing the budget is important. But building trust and effective communication are also critical skills for today’s managers. Advance your ability to manage people, products, and processes with agility and confidence by enrolling in Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset.

In this flexible six-month online program, the learning journey is broken up into seven main learning modules, blending the development of hard skills and soft skills into one holistic learning experience.

Who Is This Program For?

Whether you want to advance in your current industry, shift roles, or build a new business, Wharton’s online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset can help you achieve your goals. This program is right for you if you are:

  • An individual contributor from a technical or non-technical field who aspires to — or has recently gained — management responsibilities
  • A functional expert or mid-level manager with potential for future senior management roles
  • An aspiring entrepreneur or business owner who wants to achieve a management credential that will help support the growth of your enterprise

Ingredients for a Winning Managerial Mindset

Hard Skills:

  • ACCOUNTING: Understanding balance sheets, income statements, and cash flows
  • FINANCE: Learning about time value of money, interest rates, and return on investment
  • MARKETING: Understanding the customer, brand positioning, and analytics/measuring results
  • OPERATIONS AND STRATEGY: Understanding and improving work processes, decision trees, planning for growth, and organizational architecture

Soft Skills:

  • STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT: Building trust, communicating effectively, and leveraging networks
  • MANAGING PEOPLE: Understanding motivation and designing reward systems for people, designing jobs, using managerial power effectively, and making decisions
  • MANAGING YOURSELF: Launching your personal search for success, thinking about success on your own terms, and defining achievement and happiness for yourself

Program Topics

Program Topics
Program Topics

Program Highlights

  • Flexible Achieve work/life balance with online learning
  • World-Renowned faculty Learn from the same faculty who teach in Wharton's MBA program
  • Career Enhancement Personal assessment helps you chart your own path
  • Well-Rounded Curriculum Blend of hard and soft skills prepare you for being a well-rounded leader
  • Real-World Application Apply the learnings to your job immediately
  • High Touch Live webinars, office hours, and discussion boards engage your thinking
  • Peer Learning Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network
  • Certificate of Achievement Certificate from the Wharton School
On-Campus Event
Come to the Wharton campus for a special three-day learning event, networking, and celebration of program completion

Learning Methods

Hogan Personality
Assessment and Debrief

Fireside Chats with
Wharton MBA Alumni

Live Webinars
with Faculty

Office Hours with Industry

Interactive Moderated
Discussion Boards

Hands-On Application


Final Capstone

Program Faculty

The same faculty who teach in Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program also teach in the online Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset, complete with live sessions that include Q&A.

Lori Rosenkopf
Lori Rosenkopf, PhD

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Eric Bradlow
Eric Bradlow, PhD

The K. P. Chao Professor; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean, Analytics at Wharton; Chairperson, Wharton Marketing Department; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education; Professor of Statistics, The Wharton School

Peter Cappelli
Peter Cappelli, DPhil

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Peter Fader
Peter Fader, PhD

Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Barbara Kahn
Barbara Kahn, PhD

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Richard Lambert
Richard Lambert, PhD

Miller-Sherrerd Professor; Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

Cade Massey
Cade Massey, PhD

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Maurice Schweitzer
Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

G. Richard Shell
G. Richard Shell, JD

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Nicolaj Siggelkow
Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Michael Useem
Michael Useem, PhD

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest


Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.


Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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