The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania announcement On Tuesday, its Aresty Institute of Executive Education will launch a certificate program called “Business in the Metaverse Economy.” The six-week course will be taught online with a heavy dose of immersion.
Wharton, one of the world’s leading business schools, has partnered with consultancy Prysm Group to design the course, which will include more than 50 lectures by professors and industry representatives, as well as six studies of cases. Guest speakers will come from Adobe, Animoca Brands, R/GA, RLY Network, Second Life, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other organizations.
The program’s academic director, Professor Kevin Werbach, said in a statement:
“The metaverse is an important and vast phenomenon that is still poorly understood. We hope to equip business leaders, consultants, and entrepreneurs with an understanding of the impending opportunities the metaverse offers.
The first cohort of students will start on September 12 and will be required to devote 8-10 hours per week to their studies, at a cost of $4,500. The school will accept payment in crypto, as he did this last year for his online course“Economics of Blockchain and Digital Assets,” which also ran for six weeks and cost $4,500. Wharton also operates the Stevens Center Blockchain Laboratory and offers a free introductory crypto and blockchain course on the Coursera website.
The University of Pennsylvania also accepts donations in crypto, with a minimum of $10,000. Wharton received a donation of $5 million in crypto in 2021, which he immediately converted to fiat. Bitcoin (BTC) giveaway would be worth just under $2.5 million today.
According to Wharton, the Metaverse will be a $13 trillion market with 5 billion users by 2030. Wharton claimed to be the first Ivy League school to offer a Metaverse course.