Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Courses by Session

The Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program is an academically-intensive opportunity for exceptional high school juniors and seniors to enroll in Wharton online courses.

Participants will learn from Wharton instructors, earn a Wharton transcript, and accrue college credit for each course completed. With six sessions to choose from and built-in academic support, students are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of Wharton’s business education curriculum with maximum flexibility and the guidance and resources to succeed.

Current/Upcoming Sessions

Academic Year Sessions

Summer Sessions

  • Summer 1, 2022: May 23 – June 29*
  • Summer 2, 2022: June 30 – August 5*

* Course lists for sessions to be published in the future.

“The interactive nature of Negotiations was one of the main factors of my enjoyment as after each homework reading, you got the opportunity to see the theories and strategies in action. I could definitely see myself in a career to do with negotiations in the future!”

— Duncan B., The Netherlands

Course List by Session

Fall 2, 2021: October 25 – December 10

Application Deadline: September 24, 2021

FNCE 001: Introduction to Financial Markets and the Global Economy

This course aims to provide a timely framework to understand economic recessions and expansions and the financial markets’ response to world events.

The Covid recession reduced the size of the world’s economies and output. What does this mean? How is output connected to employment? How are exchange rates determined in global capital markets? We will introduce the policy options of government spending. We will discuss, as data become available, the continuing impact of the coronavirus on the domestic and the global economy.

Meeting Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm-8:30pm ET
Instructor: Gizem Saka
Course Materials Fee: No

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OIDD 001: Prescriptive Analytics: Making Business Decisions using Optimization and Simulation

In this course, we will explore the subject of quantitative business decision making. Specifically, we will study optimization and simulation tools and provide you with a set of key skills in the area of prescriptive analytics. We will illustrate the use of these tools in a variety of business applications, including manufacturing, logistics, inventory management, capital budgeting, insurance, and revenue management.

Meeting Days/Times: Wednesdays, 9am-10:30am ET
Instructor: Christian Kaps
Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76

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Spring 1, 2022: January 18 – March 2

Application Deadline: December 8, 2021

FNCE 001: Introduction to Financial Markets and the Global Economy

This course aims to provide a timely framework to understand economic recessions and expansions and the financial markets’ response to world events. 

The Covid recession reduced the size of the world’s economies and output. What does this mean? How is output connected to employment? How are exchange rates determined in global capital markets? We will introduce the policy options of government spending. We will discuss, as data become available, the continuing impact of the coronavirus on the domestic and the global economy. 

Meeting Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm ET
Instructor: Gizem Saka
Course Materials Fee: No 

Course Syllabi ❯❯

Spring 2, 2022: March 14 – April 26

Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

FNCE 001: Introduction to Financial Markets and the Global Economy

This course aims to provide a timely framework to understand economic recessions and expansions and the financial markets’ response to world events. 

The Covid recession reduced the size of the world’s economies and output. What does this mean? How is output connected to employment? How are exchange rates determined in global capital markets? We will introduce the policy options of government spending. We will discuss, as data become available, the continuing impact of the coronavirus on the domestic and the global economy. 

Meeting Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm ET
Instructor: Gizem Saka
Course Materials Fee: No 

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MGMT 004: Work, Power, and Inequality

Workers and employers clearly have interests in common: unless the firm is economically viable, owners will lose their investments and workers will lose their jobs. However, other interests diverge. What share of firm revenues should go to workers versus investors? How much control should managers have over the organization of work and the treatment of disadvantaged workers? What level of commitment should the firm owe to its workers and workers owe to their employer? MGMT 004 examines the balance of power in the workplace and explores responses to perceived abuses of employer power.  

Via discussion of cases from immigrant shirtwaist sewers’ strike of 1909 to the 2021 union declaration by engineers Google, MGMT-004 examines how political institutions (including labor laws), social movements (like #MeToo), and firm-level strategies (such as race and gender inclusion initiatives) shape workforce structures and inequalities. To assess how national institutions influence productivity, profitability, fairness, and stability, we compare the United States with other countries.  

Meeting Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm ET
Instructor: Sara Jane McCaffrey
Course Materials Fee: No 

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OIDD 001: Prescriptive Analytics: Making Business Decisions using Optimization and Simulation

In this course, we will explore the subject of quantitative business decision making. Specifically, we will study optimization and simulation tools and provide you with a set of key skills in the area of prescriptive analytics. We will illustrate the use of these tools in a variety of business applications, including manufacturing, logistics, inventory management, capital budgeting, insurance, and revenue management. 

Meeting Days/Times: Wednesdays, 9am-10:30am ET
Instructor: Christian Kaps
Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76 

Course Syllabi ❯❯