Student Life

WSAWBA (Wharton Society for the Advancement of Women in Business Academia)

A professional and social support network for women in business academia, to identify challenges faced by women in building research careers in business-related fields, and to work to address these challenges.


WDC (Wharton Doctoral Council)

The WDC is a student-run committee that represents the students of Wharton Doctoral Programs

Social Events
The WDC plans various social events to encourage and assist student interaction, including happy hours, outings to entertainment events throughout Philadelphia, movie nights, virtual events, and more. We also collaborate with other academic departments and schools, as well as other organizations such as the Wharton Society for the Advancement of Women in Business Academia (WSAWBA), to sponsor the best possible events for Wharton doctoral students.

The WDC represents students of Wharton Doctoral Programs in both GAPSA meetings and meetings of the G12 assembly (leaders of all the graduate student groups), advocating specifically on behalf of WDP students regarding travel grants, research funding, needs for special interest groups, etc. We also regularly meet with Wharton administration and faculty, serving as a liaison to voice students’ concerns on anything ranging from course registration to health and wellness resources.

Additional Student Resources

Academic, campus, family resources.  Information on Philadelphia, transportation, extracurricular resources.

Exchange Scholar Program

The Exchange Scholar Program enables a graduate student enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the participating institutions to study at one of the other graduate schools for a limited period of time so as to take advantage of particular educational opportunities not available on the home campus.

Thrive at Penn

Thrive at Penn (TAP) is an online program that assists students with their Penn experience. TAP prepares students to make healthy choices during their university experience and provides information about resources available to support student success. Topics covered include thriving at a research university; wellness and health; alcohol and drug policies; healthy relationships and sexual violence prevention; and resources specific to your needs.

GAPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

The official student government body for graduate and professional students at Penn, representing over 10,0000 students across twelve graduate schools.

Wharton Pre-Doctoral Directed Reading Program

The Wharton Directed Reading Program (WDRP) is a pre-doctoral advanced study opportunity within the Wharton Doctoral Programs (WDP), providing undergraduate students with a steppingstone for an honors thesis as well as an early-stage preview of graduate study for those students who are interested.

WDRP pairs undergraduate students with Wharton doctoral students for a semester-long guided reading and independent study project. Undergraduates interested in research in business academia will receive focused guidance and mentorship from an emerging expert in the field.

PhD mentors receive $500 and an opportunity to create new scholars in their field! Email Maggie Saia ( or Gidget Murray ( if interested in being a PhD mentor.

MIDAs (Mack Innovation Doctoral Association)

The Mack Innovation Doctoral Association (MIDAs) is a student-led cross-department seminar series for Wharton PhD students interested in innovation research. As the field of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary, MIDAs is a forum for students from all Wharton departments to collaborate and share knowledge.


Student Health and Counseling: Counseling Services is the counseling center for the University of Pennsylvania. CAPS offers free and confidential services to all  Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. CAPS helps students adjust to university life, manage personal and situational challenges, develop coping strategies, and grow personally and professionally. CAPS’ trained clinicians offer individual, group, and couples therapy. Students can access CAPS in a variety of ways, depending on their individual situation.

Wharton-INSEAD Alliance

Exchange program and Annual Doctoral Consortium

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