WH 398: Senior Capstone

playing-the-simThe Wharton Senior Capstone (WH 398) is a for-credit, interactive business simulation that provides Wharton seniors with the opportunity to draw on their business knowledge—finance, management, marketing, leadership, and social responsibility—while formulating and executing business strategy in a competitive, team-based environment.

Utilizing real-time problem solving within a dynamic simulation environment, teams design and implement strategic plans, integrate feedback from the consequences of those decisions, and interact with other teams to create shareholder and social value.

The four-day course is offered two times a year: October during fall break and January during winter break.  Senior Capstone consists of five rounds of simulation over the the four-day curriculum. Each 3-4 hour round is prefaced by an introduction or recap and followed by a team-dynamics discussion. The closing session will integrate lessons on business acumen, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Social activities are scheduled throughout the four days to create a truly meaningful and memorable experience.

The course, which is graded on a pass/fail basis, provides the opportunity to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the complexities and linkages among business functions.
  • Learn how to more effectively develop and assess business strategy.
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills through team-based decision-making processes.
  • Engage in conversations with Wharton alumni about corporate decision making.
  • Earn 0.5 course units toward Business Breadth or Unrestricted Elective requirements.

Winter Capstone - January 12-15, 2019

Please note the following:

  • This course is for Wharton seniors (May, August, or December 2019 graduates) only.
  • Winter Capstone will run January 12-15, 2019.
  • The Capstone is limited to 80 students, who will be selected via lottery if the course is oversubscribed.
  • Registration will open on October 10 and close on October 17.
  • Students will be notified about their registration status on October 22.
  • Any student who drops this course after Friday, November 9 will receive a withdrawal (“W”) notation on their transcript.
  • Housing is the student’s responsibility, and college houses will be open as of January 6 at 9 AM.
  • On January 12, we will begin at 9:30 AM and on January 15, we will conclude at 8 PM after a closing dinner. You must be available for the entire four-day period in order to enroll.
  • This course will count toward the spring semester, and, as a reminder, you must request a course load increase if you want to take more than 5.5 CUs.

Registration is closed.

Fall Capstone - October 4-7, 2018

Please note the following:

  • This course is for Wharton seniors (December 2018, May 2019, August 2019, or December 2019 graduates) only.
  • The fall Capstone will run October 4-7, 2018.
  • The course is limited to 80 students, who will be selected via lottery if the course is oversubscribed.
  • Any student who drops this course after May 4 will receive a withdrawal (“W”) notation on their transcript.
  • On October 4, we will begin around 10 AM. On October 7, course programming and a farewell dinner will conclude around 9 PM. You must be available for the entire four-day period in order to enroll.
  • This course will count toward the fall semester, and, as a reminder, you must request a course load increase if you want to take more than 5.5 CUs.
  • There is no cost to participate.

The deadline to apply was April 15.

Prof. Pete Fader serves as faculty administrator for the Senior Capstone.

For more information, please contact undergradinfo@wharton.upenn.edu.

Student Testimonials

“I found this course to be thought-provoking and entirely engaging.”

“I thought the sim did a really good job of integrating all the academic concepts I’ve learned. I also thought each day was planned out really well. The events were sooo much fun!”

“The balance between the social aspects and the learning aspects was right where it needed to be. I loved how invested everyone was in the whole course.”

“I really enjoyed how well teamwork was built into the nature of the simulation. I have worked in countless groups since coming to Penn, but the Wharton Capstone team dynamic was certainly one that I have never experienced before.”

“Before coming back from break, I was really slapping myself on the wrist for signing up for an additional course. But I am so glad that I did. I feel that I’ve made new friends and strengthened my existing relationships. It was really great to engage in both the intense simulation but also meet with everyone in casual contexts. I did not realize how much I have learned over the past 3.5 years until I finished this simulation! It was an amazing feeling once I made that revelation.”