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Associate Fellow Program
in Talent Management

For the World's Highest-Potential HR Professionals Rising to Global Eminence.

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Program Overview

The role of 21st century HR leaders has evolved well beyond the rules-and-procedures administrators of the past. Today, they are strategic partners who help drive value and overall organizational success. The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program is designed to expand the capacities, perspectives, and insights of such professionals—the brightest of rising global HR leaders—who are preparing for greater responsibilities and boardroom impact in their careers.

Culminating in a high-impact MasterClass at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the program takes participants through three rigorous stages of stimulating learning in talent management. The program is highly selective, limited to approximately 40 dynamic young HR leaders who will champion a talent-focused approach to business and management in their organizations.

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Key Program Takeaways

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program blends the expertise and thought leadership of TMI and Wharton. Participants can expect the following:

  • Exposure to state-of-the-art tools for talent management
  • A transformative personal and professional development experience essential for becoming a high-impact organizational leader
  • Building of conceptual linkages from talent management to business growth and competitiveness
  • Growth of conceptual and technical expertise required for leading change in industry attitudes and practices on talent-centered business strategy
  • Leveraging of the Wharton alumni network and development of a network of global HR peers
  • Development of insights for practicing talent management in traditional HR ecosystems and for helping organizations transition to talent-led growth
  • Strengthening of negotiation and decision-making skills, critical for career and organizational success
  • Earning of certification from Wharton, one of the world’s most esteemed business schools, and TMI, the world’s most trusted talent management standards and credentialing body

The Coursework

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program is comprised of three learning stages covering 25 courses and extending for nine months (although it is possible to complete it in as few as six): self-study, Wharton online learning, and a five-day Wharton MasterClass held at the school’s Philadelphia campus. Assessments are scheduled after completion of the third stage, and the Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential is awarded to qualifying participants.

Highly selective, the program is limited to 40 high-potential HR professionals and is designed to help participants develop greater confidence as leaders who are more capable of facing the range of professional challenges inherent in a dynamically changing workplace. The Associate Fellow program participants will learn from world-renowned talent management experts who share cutting-edge research and best practices that can be put into effect immediately. They will also build a strong network of high-achieving peers that continues to provide guidance and support long after the program has ended.

Learning in Three Stages

This program provides three distinct learning experiences:


This stage involves self-study, directed at helping participants examine and comprehend the evolving science of talent management. This stage will build a common vocabulary and core of knowledge, setting the stage for the learning that follows. Participants will study from three required texts - The TMI Handbook on Talent Management, #Talentastic, and Talent & the Future of Work - included in the knowledge kit. The following are the courses/ modules participants will complete through self-study in this stage of the program:



TMM-011 Defining Concepts and Perspectives in Talent Management
TMM-012 Elements of Strategy and Leadership in Talent Management
TMM-013 Critical Focus Areas of Talent Management Practice
TMM-014 International Talent Management Experiences and Insights
TMM-015 Talent Leadership Capabilities
TMM-016 Future of Work and Workforce


Participants take three exclusive Wharton online courses in this stage. They offer world-renowned expertise and instruction in leadership, people analytics, and socio-cultural dynamics affecting management of human capital in the 21st century. These courses can be accessed through a login provided to each participant individually. Tests and quizzes included in these courses are only for monitoring comprehension and learning progress. The following table lists the courses/ modules in this stage of the program:



TWW-111 Leadership in the 21st Century
TWW-112 Managing Social and Human Capital
TWW-113 People Analytics

N.B: These courses have made the program after an extensive assessment of their utility for participants in their careers. TMI may replace them with other courses in the interest of the quality of learning we desire to deliver under the program. All participants are informed sufficiently in advance about all such changes to help them plan their studies.


Stage Three: Participants undergo a five-day MasterClass led by Wharton professors at the school’s Philadelphia campus. This is an intensive learning experience designed to grow and strengthen the professional expertise of participants. Instruction includes the latest research and best practices while leveraging the knowledge, experience, and insights of the participants. This stage is designed to empower participants to transform their organizations and the HR profession. A certification qualifying exam is given at the conclusion of the MasterClass. The following table lists the courses in this stage:



TWM-211 Building a Talent Management Mindset
TWM-212 Enhancing Social Capital Through Right Networks
TWM-214 Bridging HR and Business Strategy
TWM-215 The War for Talent
TWM-216 Managing Careers: Yours and Others
TWM-217 Building Effective Talent Systems
TWM-218 Effective Talent Acquisition
TWM-219 Negotiating Effectively to Manage Conflicts
TWM-220 Managing in a Matrix
TWM-221 Career Management and Succession Planning
TWM-222 Judgment and Decision Making: The Logic of Chance
TWM-223 Planning for Internal and External Staffing
TWM-224 Managing Talent Management
TWM-225 Enriching Talent and Human Capital in Organizations
TWM-226 Improving Retention Through Motivating Talent

The Ideal Participant

For Rising Senior HR Professionals

This program is designed for senior HR professionals; high-potential HR managers; and HR, organization design, and talent management consultants who are preparing for larger roles in global organizations.

The Candidacy Tracks

There are two tracks for senior HR professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to earn the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential:

  • Minimum Education Requirement
    Bachelor's degree with a major in HR/Business/Management/Economics/
    Technology/Science/Liberal Arts or other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution.

    Minimum Work Experience Requirement
    Fifteen years or more, with a minimum of seven years in an HR sub-function(s).

  • Minimum Education Requirement
    Master's level qualification in HR/Business/Management/Economics/
    Technology/Science/Liberal Arts or other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution.

    Minimum Work Experience Requirement
    Twelve years or more in an HR sub–function(s) or related function(s).


In addition to quizzes and mini-tests, there are five assessments used to qualify a participant for certification, including the TMI certification exam. The first four are conducted during the TMI-Wharton MasterClass at the Wharton School by Wharton faculty.

The final assessment is the 60-minute TMI Associate Fellow certification exam to be taken by every participant on the final day of the MasterClass. The detailed schedule of all tests and exams is available in the Associate Fellow program brochure. For more details, please write to us at

Application and Selection

Application Process

Applications for the Associate Fellow program can be found here or by clicking the Apply Now tab appearing on the page. Applicants are NOT required to pay any fee at the time of submission of their application. The payment process begins only after an applicant has been selected for the program. For more information about fees, please send an email to

Selection Process

All Associate Fellow applications are evaluated by the TMI-Wharton program team that manages TMI-Wharton programs. Their decisions are final, and are emailed individually to applicants. Accepted applicants receive an assigned TMI-Wharton login to complete the program-fee payment process. Once the fee is paid, applicants become participants of the Associate Fellow program, and they are advised on the logistics of the program.

Program Fee

The fee for the Associate Fellow program for 2018 is USD $12,950, and can be paid online through credit/debit cards or electronic bank transfer. The fee invoice and the fee tab on the program portal both carry detailed information about the amount, modes of payment, and currencies. Wharton alumni receive a 10 percent fee waiver. There are no other scholarships, fellowships, or grants awarded for this program.

If you receive an offer of admission and want to accept it, you must officially do so through the online application system by the date indicated in your admission offer. When you accept your offer, you must also pay a non-refundable admission deposit of USD $950, which secures your place in the program and will be credited toward your program fee. The balance of the program fee is billed immediately after acceptance of the admission offer.

The Associate Fellow Program fee is inclusive of:

  • Program application fee
  • Cost (including shipping) of all Associate Fellow learning resources (printed/offline/online)
  • Wharton program fee
  • Accommodation and meals at Wharton for five nights and six days
  • All applicable international taxes

The Associate Fellow Program fee does not cover:

  • Cost of international or domestic air travel to and from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Airport transfer costs
  • Incidentals and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Travel and health insurance

Currently, and until further notice, the fee can only be paid in U.S. dollars. Digital and cryptocurrencies are not accepted. Payment for company-sponsored participants can be done via electronic checks or wire transfers, and further information may be sought by writing to

Learning Resources

The Associate Fellow resources provided to every participant include printed and electronic learning and reference material from both Wharton and TMI. These resources cover a range of talent management subjects including the TMI knowledge framework, talent management leadership, and contemporary talent management theory and practice.

Wharton online study resources include three courses, and links to them — as well as to many other resources connected to these courses — are provided to each participant. The TMI Associate Fellow study kit is shipped as soon as you complete your registration. It contains the TMI flagship publication: the 30-chapter TMI Practitioners’ Handbook for Talent Management, the world’s first and only standards-aligned and authoritative text on the science and art of talent management. It is the most important reading reference for preparing for the Associate Fellow certification exams.

Also included in the Associate Fellow study kit is #Talentastic, a book that will help you learn the habits, methods, conduct, and approaches needed to become a high-impact HR and talent management professional. The third reference text in the study kit is Talent & the Future of Work, which includes the latest insights on how corporations and global HR leaders are deploying talent management precepts to decode the challenges of competitiveness in the future.


Peter Capelli

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Peter Capelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management
Director, Wharton’s Center for Human Resources
Academic Director, TMI-Wharton Programs on Talent Management

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