Explore Penn Wharton Graduate Programs

The University of Pennsylvania offers several advanced degree programs that may be of interest to individuals with a background in public policy.


In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania. His pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become “pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.”

Today, the Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary leaders in academia, business, government, and non-profit organizations. Wharton’s MBA program emphasizes innovation, analytics, and entrepreneurship through an intensive curriculum that combines a foundational business core with the depth of 19 different majors. Majors include traditional fields such as Finance, Management, and Real Estate; interdisciplinary options such as Environmental and Risk Management and Business Analytics; as well as a unique program in Health Care Management (https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/).


Wharton delivers an undiluted MBA curriculum to working professionals through its Executive MBA program, offered both on Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia and at Wharton San Francisco. Wharton emphasizes an intensive core in general management and an unmatched selection of electives in a format that requires immersion in the school environment only every-other-weekend (https://executivemba.wharton.upenn.edu/emba-program- details/).


Many students customize their MBA experience through specialized, interdisciplinary programs (https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/interdisciplinary-programs/) with the University of Pennsylvania and other select institutions, including:

Wharton and School of Advanced International Studies MBA/MA Dual Degree

This three-year dual-degree program allows students to earn an MBA from Wharton and an MA in international relations from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Students spend three semesters at each school. The program provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into the economic, political, and cultural drivers of an increasingly globalized world, along with the necessary management training to lead a private- or public-sector organization effectively within it.

Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School MBA/MPA or MPP Dual Degrees

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has three degree offerings that can be combined with Wharton’s MBA program: Master in Public Administration (MPA), Master in Public Administration/International Development (MBA/ID) and Master in Public Policy (MPP). These joint programs all take three years to complete, with three semesters taken at Wharton and three at HKS.

Wharton and University of Pennsylvania MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies

Penn’s Lauder Institute prepares leaders to speak the language of global business, culture, and politics. The Lauder program is like an international MBA degree – but it is much more. Students graduate not only with what is arguably the most prestigious professional credential in the business world – a Wharton MBA – but also with exceptional intercultural competence and knowledge of global affairs through a master’s degree in international studies that no MBA program can provide on its own.

Wharton and Penn Law MBA/JD Dual Degree

The Francis J. & William Polk Carey JD/MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School immerses students in an accelerated course of study, preparing them for careers in law, public governance, investment banking, private equity, entrepreneurship, hedge funds, and much more. For more information on the MBA/JD, visit https://www.law.upenn.edu/crossdisciplinary/jdmba/about.php.


The University of Pennsylvania Law School (https://www.law.upenn.edu/) offers several opportunities to integrate public policy into the JD curriculum. As part of the Law School’s historic commitment to public service, the Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative brings Penn Law’s resources to bear to best prepare students to be leaders in the policymaking arena (https://www.law.upenn.edu/publicservice/government.php). Penn Law students also can pursue a Certificate of Study in a variety of policy-related areas from other Penn Schools, including a Certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy from the Wharton School, a Certificate in Communication and Media Policy from the Annenberg School of Communication, a Certificate in Energy Management and Policy from PennDesign, a Certificate in Environmental Policy from the Institute for Environmental Studies, and a Certificate in Public Finance from the Fels Institute of Government. A full list of certificate opportunities can be found at https://www.law.upenn.edu/crossdisciplinary/certificates.php.