Academic Programs

MBA Major and Courses

Davis Smith (WG'11/G'11), Founder of, spoke to the MBA Class of 2014 on August 22, 2012 about how to use their time at Wharton to start a business.  He also related his own entrepreneurial story, successfully launching a company in Brazil while simultaneously earning two graduate degrees: an MBA and an MA in International Studies, as a dual degree student in the Wharton Lauder Program.  What does this have to do with Sponge Bob?  You will have to watch the video to find out!

At the Wharton School, entrepreneurship is one of four sub-fields of scholarship within the discipline of "management." All of the Program's entrepreneurial management courses are offered through the Management Department. Course work and an academic focus in entrepreneurial management are offered at the Undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. levels.

The MBA major consists of five credit units, one that is a part of the first-year Management Core. All students are required to take MGMT 801, the foundation entrepreneurial course in which students write a full business plan. Many of the remaining Entrepreneurial Management courses that make up the major provide half-semester opportunities to focus on specific topics in entrepreneurship.

Please note that other departments at Wharton (e.g., Marketing, Legal Studies, Operations and Information Management) also offer a number of courses that focus on entrepreneurial issues.

Student Advising on Major Requirements and Course Selection

Nellie Gaynor, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship provides academic advising for the Program (4th Floor Vance Hall). Send an email to to request an advising appointment.