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Associate Fellow Program in Talent Management

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Program Overview

The role of 21st century HR leaders has evolved well beyond the rules-and-procedures implemented by administrators of the past. Today, they are strategic partners who help drive value and overall organizational success. The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management 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 a bigger boardroom impact in their careers.

Worldclass Wharton Learning

Highly selective, the program has a small class-size and admits high-potential HR professionals from a large pool of applicants from around the world. It 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.

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Uniquely Experiential and Flexible Learning

The program is designed and optimized specifically for the extremely busy global leader professionals who desire their learning to be high-quality, experiential, flexibly paced, and self-planned. The 3-Stage Associate Fellow program demands about six to eight hours of concentrated, self-scheduled study every week. The first two stages include Wharton online learning and rigorous self-study of world-class texts framed on TMI’s global Talent Management knowledge standards and can be completed by participants at their convenience. The final stage involves a visit to The Wharton School for five days of high-impact residential MasterClass conducted by Wharton professors on the Wharton campus.

Key Program Takeaways

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

  • The latest learning through world-class TMI books, high-quality Wharton Online courses to be completed at your own convenience, and the Wharton MasterClass in The Wharton Business School
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art tools, theories, and paradigms of Talent Management
  • Measurable addition to higher-order professional skills and Talent Management knowledge through the immersive Wharton experience
  • Expansion and enrichment of the perspectives of business, organizations, and the impact of Talent Management on business growth and competitiveness
  • Gain new skills and technical expertise required for making Talent Management a key factor in managerial and leadership roles within organizations
  • 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
  • Earn a credential 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 3-Stage Learning

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program comprises three learning stages covering 20 courses. The first two stages of text-study and Wharton online learning are completely self paced. The third and final stage is the Wharton MasterClass held at The Wharton School’s Philadelphia campus. Assessments are continuous and participants completing all requirements earn the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management designation and TMI and Wharton certificates.

Participants complete nine of these 20 themes at absolutely their own pace, at their own convenience. The effort is estimated to be in the range of around six to eight hours per week. The remaining 11 learning themes are covered during the five days of the action-packed and immersive Wharton MasterClass. A high-impact career management workshop is also held in Wharton during the residential MasterClass.

STAGE 1 - Self-Paced Text-Study/ Reading

This stage involves self-study, directed at helping participants understand 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: Talent Management – The TMI Handbook for Practitioners, #Talentastic!, and Talent & the Future of Work. Each of these texts is included in the TMI-Wharton study kit. Any participant should be able to complete this text-study stage with 60 to 80 hours of focused, self-planned study. All participants have to take the online TMI assessment after completing this stage as a requirement of completion of the Associate Fellow program. Details on this stage are available in the program guides shared with participants on their TMI-Wharton dashboards.

The following are the learning themes participants are required to cover in this stage by reading the books provided in the TMI-Wharton study kit:



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

Please note, to make the text-study stage easier to manage, the three books have been specially designed modularly. We have split the books into six modules: the flagship text, Talent Management – The TMI Handbook for Practitioners  is composed of four modules, while each of the two remaining books are treated as single modules.

STAGE 2 - Self-Paced Wharton Online Learning

Stage 2 includes three exclusive Wharton Online courses offering world-renowned expertise and instruction in leadership, people analytics, and socio-cultural dynamics affecting management of human capital in the 21st century. The expected effort required to complete this stage is around 15 to 20 hours of learning from Wharton Online modules, which participants can plan at their convenience immediately after Stage 1.

The following table lists the modules/ learning themes in this stage of the program:



TWW-111 Global Trends for Business and Society
TWW-112 Managing Social and Human Capital
TWW-113 People Analytics

The Wharton Online courses can be accessed through personal access logins provided individually to participants. Tests and quizzes are for monitoring comprehension and learning progress and will affect the final program completion decision.

Please note, participants are given exclusive access rights to sessions and learning material by Wharton professors through private logins. These online modules were selected for the program after an extensive evaluation of their utility in HR and Talent Management careers. However, TMI and Wharton may replace them with other modules in the interest of the quality of learning.

STAGE 3 - The Wharton MasterClass (On-Campus, Residential)

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.

The following table lists the courses in this stage:



TWM-211 Building a Talent Management Mindset
TWM-212 Building Effective Talent Systems
TWM-213 Operating in the 21st Century: Visions of the Future
TWM-214 Motivating & Retaining Talent
TWM-215 Workplace Negotiations: Managing Conflicts
TWM-216 Achieving Sustainable Results: The Enterprise Mindset
TWM-217 Succession Management: Preparing the Next Generation
TWM-218 HR & Business Strategy
TMM-301 Deep Insights 1: Driven Talent Equals Business Success
TMM-302 Deep Insights 2: Leading the Millennial Workforce
TMM-303 Deep Insights 3: Is Talent Management the New HR?

All learning resources, texts, and cases are provided by Wharton. Assessments during this stage are conducted by Wharton faculty and may be in verbal, pen-and-paper, or online forms. These assessments cover both comprehension of the concepts discussed and the ability to apply the learning.

The themes listed above qualified for the program after an extensive evaluation of their utility in HR and Talent Management careers. However, TMI and Wharton may replace them with other courses in the interest of the quality of learning.

The Ideal Participant

This program is designed for senior HR professionals, high-potential experts in organizational learning & development, as well as Strategic HR & Talent Management consultants and HR business partners, who are preparing for larger, higher-impact leadership roles and assignments.

The Candidacy Tracks

There are three tracks for senior HR professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to join the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management program:

  • The Track for Emerging HR Leaders
    Applicants would hold at least a Bachelor's degree with a major in HR/ Business/ Management/ Economics/ Technology/ Science/ Liberal Arts or in any other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience requirement to qualify under this track is 10 years or more in an HR sub-function.

  • The Track for Emerging Leaders from Non-HR Functions/ Areas
    Applicants would hold at least a Bachelor’s level qualification in HR/ Business/ Management/ Economics/ Technology/ Science/ Liberal Arts from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience required to qualify under this track is 12 years or more in any business or management function(s).

  • Alumni Privilege Track for the GTML™- credentialed
    Applicants under this track should have an active GTML™ certification from TMI, with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience requirement to qualify under this track is 10 years or more with a minimum of seven years in an HR sub-function.


All stages of the program carry assessments to help you track your learning. Stage 1 ends in an online exam. Stage 2 has several assignments and quizzes built into the Wharton Online modules. The MasterClass at Wharton has a combination of assessments given by the professors each day.

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Application and Selection

Application Process

The application form for the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program can be found here, or by clicking the Apply Now tab wherever it appears on this page. Please read the program details carefully. 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. Please note, applicants holding an active GTML™ certification of TMI will directly pre-qualify for the Associate Fellow Program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges facility (please read the Pre-Qualification rule below in this segment). For clarification on the Associate Fellow application process, please email us at

Selection & Admission Process

Selection for admission in the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program involves assessment of applications in two sequential stages. Candidacy Verification is the first stage in which, applicants’ educational and work backgrounds are matched with and verified against the prescribed Associate Fellow candidacy norms. Only applicants meeting these candidacy norms qualify for consideration in the second stage, the Profile Evaluation stage. Applicants passing the Profile Evaluation stage are sent admission offers.

All Associate Fellow applications are managed and evaluated by a special TMI-Wharton program management team and the admission decisions are made by the Applications & Candidacy Management Office. The decisions of the Applications & Candidacy Management Office for all applications are final and are emailed individually to applicants. Applicants who qualify for admissions receive an assigned TMI-Wharton login to complete the admission-offer acceptance and payment process. Acceptance, selection, and admission decisions are not based on applicants’ race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability.

Once the fee is paid, applicants become participants of the Associate Fellow program, and are advised on the logistics of the program. Applicants holding an active GTML™ certification of TMI will directly pre-qualify for the Associate Fellow Program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges Facility, however, their final admission decision will be at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Participants who cannot complete the program due to personal reasons in a particular edition can request for a deferment to the next edition. This deferment will permit them to resume the program with participants of the next edition of the program, exactly from the stage where they paused in the last edition.

Pre-Qualification & Qualification Norms

  • Applicants who pre-qualify under upgrade or equivalence facilities are exempt from the Candidacy Verification stage and move directly to the Profile Evaluation stage.
  • Applicants who directly qualify under any upgrade or equivalence facilities can be immediately considered for admissions as their profiles have already been assessed as admission-worthy.

The TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges Facility

Under the highly-demanded TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges program, GTML™ certified applicants will pre-qualify for the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow Program. This means that applicants who have earned a Pre-Qualification under Alumni Privileges or equivalence facilities are exempted from the Candidacy Verification stage and move directly to the next stage of Profile Evaluation. Please check Track 3 in the Candidacy section to understand the proposition in greater detail. Please note, GTML™ certified professionals who successfully complete the Associate Fellow program are permitted to retain their GTML™ as well as the Associate Fellow designation.

Program Fee

The new applicant fee for the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program is USD $16,950. The fee can be paid through credit/debit cards or electronic bank transfer. The My Payments tab on the applicant’s myTMI-Wharton dashboard holds detailed information about the amount and modes of payment. Wharton alumni and applicants with full-time academic or research positions in recognized universities and business schools receive a 10 percent fee waiver. GTML™ certified applicants are charged a special fee for the Associate Fellow program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges policy. Applicants adopting the GTML™ Alumni Privileges track should check out this privilege fee offer posted on their myTMI dashboards. There are no other scholarships, fellowships, or grants awarded for this program.

If you receive an offer of admission for an edition of the Associate Fellow program, you will be required to complete the admission formalities by a specified deadline. Beyond this deadline, the admission offer will automatically expire. You can formally accept the admission offer and complete other formalities online by logging into your myTMI-Wharton dashboard; instructions to do so are also sent via email. When you accept your offer, you must pay the program fee, which includes a non-refundable admission deposit of USD $950. This fee secures your place in the program and is credited toward your program fee. The balance of the program fee, if not paid in full, is billed immediately after your acceptance of the admission offer, and it must be paid by the prescribed deadline to complete admission formalities before beginning the program.

The Associate Fellow Program fee includes:

  • Program application fee
  • Cost (including shipping) of all Associate Fellow learning resources (printed/offline/online)
  • Wharton program fee
  • Accommodation and meals at Wharton for the duration of the residential MasterClass
  • All applicable international taxes

The Associate Fellow Program fee does not include:

  • 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 as well as 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 links to three courses and access to many other resources connected to these courses. The TMI Associate Fellow study kit is shipped as soon as you complete your registration. It contains the TMI flagship publication: the 30-chapter Talent Management – The TMI Handbook for Practitioners, 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 to prepare for the Associate Fellow program.

Also included in the Associate Fellow study kit is #Talentastic!, a book that will help you learn the habits, methods, conduct, and approach 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 Cappelli
Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management
Director, Wharton’s Center for Human Resources
Academic Director, TMI-Wharton Programs on Talent Management

Expertise Areas: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

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