Wharton Communication Program

The Wharton Communication Program helps prepare business leaders for the communication challenges they will face as business and community leaders.

In its most recent review of the MBA curriculum, Wharton faculty voted to double the communication course requirement for all MBA students and  include a  writing requirement.

As a result, the Communication Program now offers first-year MBA students:

  • 260 sections of speaking courses each year: a foundational Management Communication course in the fall and options for speaking courses in the spring that include:
  • Advanced Persuasion: Impromptu Speaking and Elements of Story for Business;
  • Advanced Persuasion: Crisis Communication
  • Advanced Persuasion: Fundamentals for Prospective Entrepreneurs
  • Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs: “Pitching your Business”

For more details see Required Curriculum for All MBA Students

  • The only MBA writing requirement of our peer schools. Students receive individualized writing feedback from peers as well as from writing coaches around the world. For peer feedback, students enter Wharton’s Writing Challenge: an anonymous, online competition that rewards students who are good writers, as well as those who help improve others’ writing. Wharton colleagues created the Writing Challenge; the IP is protected by a patent filed by the University of Pennsylvania.

Since our speaking courses have a maximum of 8 students per section, Wharton’s Management Communication courses are the only seminar-style courses in the required MBA curriculum. Our courses help students become more skilled communicators and thus better presenters, public speakers and writers. Our approach includes a thorough foundation in communication theory reinforced through multiple practice opportunities, video recording of speeches and rigorous feedback. We record over 11,000 speeches each year.

The need for future business leaders to be effective communicators has never been greater. Business and community leaders are evaluated in many different communication genres — speeches, webcasts, media interviews, video conferences, podcasts, blog posts, emails, memos, opinion pieces and tweets, all offering both opportunities and risks. Our practical, skills-based approach helps students develop their personal style and strengthen their confidence as communicators.

Please browse through our site and learn about the programs and services we offer.

We welcome your suggestions as to how we can best meet students’ communication needs. Please contact Antionnette McDermott, Director of Graduate Program, at mcdera@wharton.upenn.edu