MBA Venture

 MBA Leadership Ventures

2020 - 2021 WLV Update

[December 2020 Update] At this time, due to the current pandemic conditions, we do not have a timetable for 2021 MBA ventures. We will begin to advertise a schedule for WG22 Venture Fellow recruiting in January, following the start of the new semester.

WLV will continue to adhere to university guidelines regarding in-person programming. Until we can meet “in the field” together, we hope you stay safe and healthy.

Leadership Ventures are experiences that facilitate self-discovery, leadership, and character development. Participants are able to step out of their comfort zone, exceed personal limitations, and experience leadership firsthand. There are two types of Leadership Ventures: Expeditions and Intensives.

The Behrman Scholarship Program and its partner program the Behrman Fellowship Program increase access for Wharton MBA students to leadership development opportunities. Scholarships for the Leadership Ventures are awarded annually for expedition-based Ventures. Available funding from the Behrman Scholarship Scholarship Program provides a subsidy to offset the trip fees. There is one scholarship seat per expedition.


Registration and Dates

2019 – 2020 Wharton Leadership Ventures Brochure

Payment Deadlines:

Intensives: October 3rd at 5pm EST (or, 48 hours following notification from a Venture Fellow)

Expeditions: October 18 at 5pm EST

The Course Match registration system for all Wharton Leadership Ventures (Winter and Spring Break Expeditions, plus Fall Intensives) will open on Tuesday, September 17th at 9:00 am EST and will close Tuesday, September 24th at 5:00 pm EST.  In order to register for Expeditions and Intensives please visit the Course Match registration system and select “MBA Leadership Ventures 2019-2020” from the drop-down menu and enter your preferences. Please note that the CourseMatch registration process for Ventures is completely separate from CourseMatch registration for classes. Add/Drop for Expeditions will open on 10/7/19 at 8am EST.

In order to ensure that the greatest number of students are able to participate in a Leadership Venture during their time at Wharton, budget allocations are assigned as follows:

  • Second year students that have not participated in any Expeditions receive the highest budget (Intensives do not count against you)
  • All first year students are allocated second-highest budget
  • Lowest budget goes to 2nd year students that have previously participated in an Expedition

SCHOLARSHIPS: There is a separate CourseMatch item per Expedition for scholarship seats. Do not apply to both the Scholarship “item” in Course Match and the regular-priced expedition. By applying for the scholarship, you have indicated your interest and do not need to split your budget to get an expedition seat. To be considered for a scholarship (tuition/land cost only, you will still need to purchase gear, flights and insurance), you must enter yourself into the Course Match item for that specific expedition and scholarship. If you do not win the scholarship, and wish to join the wait list for open-enrollment Expeditions, you will be at the bottom of the wait list. Do not register in the Scholarship Course Match item unless you truly could not attend an Expedition without assistance. Be advised, this also does NOT exclude you from adding utility to intensives.

Students who are not placed in the Venture of their choice after CourseMatch runs will be able to put themselves on waitlists during the add/drop period. Please note that historically 50% of participants have come from the waitlist. We will run another CourseMatch registration in the spring semester for spring intensives. All expeditions for the academic year are in this registration process.

*** If you won a scholarship seat for a 2018-19 expedition, you are not eligible to receive one again in your 2nd Year. ***


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential learning treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Expeditions range from 6 to 10 day overnight trips and can be high in physical intensity.Save

Antarctica TrekkingWinter BreakBackpacking, Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Winter Tent Camping
Atacama DesertSpring BreakMulti-disciplinary, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Summit Attempt
Andes MountaineeringWinter Break & Spring BreakHigh-altitude Mountaineering, Backpacking,Glacier/Snow Travel
Isla NavarinoWinter BreakMulti-disciplinary, Backcountry Trekking
Patagonia TrekkingSpring BreakBackcountry Trekking, Raft-building
Tall Ships SailingWinter BreakDeep Ocean Sailing
Utah CanyoneeringSpring BreakBackcountry Trekking, Canyoneering
Small Crew SailingSpring BreakCaribbean Ocean Sailing


Intensives are consolidated and immersive group based experiences ranging from 1-2 days. They provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge.

FDNY IntensiveNovember 2, 2019Firefighting Simulation
Quantico Military IntensiveNovember 21st-November 22nd, 2019 and March 26-27, 2020Military Simulation, Ropes Course, Combat Course

More Venture Resources

Financial Aid

There is one scholarship seat per expedition. Eligibility is determined through the MBA Financial Aid Office.

Policies and FAQs

In the CourseMatch system, students should input their true preferences for all ventures. There is no limit to the number of ventures that a student can select. For more information on Enrollment Policies, click here.

We are here to help.

We encourage you to speak to any Venture Fellow or Associate Director Jules Roy.


Apply for a Fellowship

Venture Fellows are selected in March of your first year to serve in your second year. Go to the Venture Fellows page for more information. Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is not necessary.