THE WHARTON SCHOOL OF
the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will offer a Business Foundations Specialization series through Coursera, combining the school’s four-course foundation series with a capstone project that allows participants to apply their knowledge to real-world business problems. Participants who complete all the required courses will receive a Coursera Verified Certificate.
Wharton has lined up partnerships with online marketplace Snapdeal and music identifier Shazam to provide project topics for the capstone courses. Wharton will invite the top 50 performers every year to apply to one of its graduate business programs, and it will waive the application fee. Wharton also will offer up to five US$20,000 scholarships to top-performing students who have completed the specialization and are admitted to its MBA program. According to dean Geoff Garrett, one of the key goals of the program is to “identify talent from a pool of participants who might not have considered business education before.”