Build on Wharton’s broad general management foundation, focusing on one or two business areas. You may select from 18 majors, or design your own individualized major — and pursue your goals.
Consisting of five course units, majors allow you to further develop an existing specialty or facilitate a future career change. Courses may count toward more than one major, and approximately 30% of the class pursues a double major.
You may customize your learning further by taking additional electives in other areas to round out the curriculum, or design your own major. Close to 5% of the class designs individualized major’s to suit their specific professional interests.
Explore the Majors Available
Focus: On the user of accounting data. Courses stress concepts, procedures and applications for how accounting information is generated and its reliability in analysis. Visit department website.
Business Economics and Public Policy
Focus: Brings theoretical tools and practical experience to bear on the relationship among business, government, and society. Areas of faculty expertise include deregulation and privatization, technology, public and urban finance, and international industrial policy. Visit department website.
Focus: Combines theory with practice, providing opportunities to test the theories, models, and strategies learned in the classroom. Students create real business plans, work on other field projects, and gain access and insight from entrepreneurial business community leaders. Visit department website.
Environmental and Risk Management
Focus: Centers on the confluence between environmental management and “triple bottom-line” reporting, which has become so important in balanced scorecard approaches to accounting and investor relations. Visit department website.
Focus: Analytic and theoretical tools required to master practical issues in Finance. While some attention is given to the descriptive, institutional, and historical aspects of the field, primary emphasis is on the analytical foundations, emphasizing theory and methods of analysis and making extensive use of relevant techniques of economic analysis, mathematics, and statistics. Visit department website.
Health Care Management
Focus: Differs from many other majors at Wharton in blending specific coursework and professional development opportunities. The major draws on a rich variety of electives across the university, including courses in the behavioral and applied social sciences, biomedical sciences, and social policy. It is closely associated with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), which facilitates research and education in health services financing and delivery. You must choose this major when you apply. Visit department website.
Information: Strategy and Economics
Focus: Emphasizes the use of information for strategic advantage. Its interdisciplinary approach speaks to the manner in which information is now valued and used. Visit department website.
Insurance and Risk Management
Focus: Examines the techniques corporations, organizations, and individuals use to reduce the potential financial losses arising from exposure to risk. These techniques range from traditional insurance products to current advances in corporate and insurer risk management. Topics include risk and insurance regulation, global risk management, estate planning, and related public policy initiatives. Visit department website.
Focus: Helps managers in the changing global economy view the total enterprise and understand the forces that shape a firm’s direction, policies, and goals. The course also helps managers exercise personal leadership in managing employees. You will apply basic social science disciplines and research methods to management and leadership problems in the public and private sectors. Visit department website.
Focus: Investigates fundamental approaches to understanding markets, competitors, and portfolios of product offerings and operating technologies. Wharton has one of the largest set’s of marketing courses and faculty. Visit department website.
Marketing and Operations Management (Joint Major)
Focus: Comprising seven courses, Marketing and Operations Management is the only official joint major at Wharton. However many students pursue double sometimes triple majors. Visit department website.
Focus: Multinational management complemented by functional electives in the areas of finance, marketing, accounting, legal studies, public policy, real estate or health-care management. Visit department website.
Operations and Information Management
Focus: Aims to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises by discovering, developing, and validating new principles, theory, and methods. Rooted in process management, decision making and information. Visit department website.
Focus: Designed to educate students in leading edge theory and practice associated with employee management and the organizational design. This major spans topics from understanding individual and group behavior to designing management systems and structures to support business strategy. Visit department website.
Focus: One of two industry-focused majors at Wharton. The real estate major consists of three required courses (real estate law, development, and finance) and two electives, including real estate economics, urban fiscal policy, the relationship between government policy and private development, international real estate markets, and the aesthetic and technical considerations of architecture. Coursework provides the quantitative and qualitative tools necessary for leadership. Visit department website.
Focus: Teaches students to develop a systematic and effective approach to data, draw inferences and conclusions, and communicate results. This major widely applies across industries because its quantitative approach offers important insights for general decision making. Courses range from a rigorous training in the fundamentals of statistical theory to applications of popular methodologies, such as regression analysis and forecasting. Courses also provide exposure to computer software for implementing key techniques. Visit department website.
Focus: 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. Visit department website.
Individualized Major: Wharton allows students with specific interests not met by the traditional majors to pursue an individualized major. Recent examples include Private Equity, Turnaround Management, and Corporate Development.