University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

Wharton overhauls MBA program

December 6, 2010: 10:08 AM ET

After a multi-year study, Wharton announced several changes to its vaunted MBA program, giving increased flexibility to incoming students and offering life-long, tuition-free courses to alumni.

By John A. Byrne, contributor

( -- After what it said was a multi-year study, Wharton faculty voted on Friday to overwhelmingly approve revisions to an MBA program that will offer students greater customization and flexibility based on their backgrounds and experience.

Wharton said that the new MBA program is the result of interviews with "thousands of Wharton's stakeholders," including students, alumni, business leaders, recruiters, faculty, and staff. The school plans a partial rollout of the changes in 2011 with full implementation in 2012.

Dean Tom Robertson, who assumed his job in 2007, announced the detailed changes in a memo to alumni obtained by Poets&Quants.

"The architecture of the curriculum addresses the needs of a new global generation through flexibility, rigor and innovation," he said in the statement. "Our research shows that this generation of business leaders wants greater control over educational choices, continued exposure to peers with deep, global experience and more opportunity in their academic experience to self-analyze and self-reflect." More

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