Moneyball Academy

Summer 2020 – Online

July 6 – July 24

For more information, please visit Global Youth Program website.

Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Moneyball Academy is a summer program that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports analytics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This program focuses on using data to make deep discoveries in sports with a focus on becoming a data driven decision maker. Instruction will focus on fundamentals of statistical thinking, real applications employed by statistics professionals in sports analytics and an introduction to statistical programming languages. In addition to learning statistical reasoning and key data analysis skills, students will be primed to be a leader in an increasingly data driven economy. Topics include introductory statistics (including graphical and numerical summaries of data), basic probability theory, statistical reasoning and regression analysis by examining sports stats.

This program is ideal for students with a strong background in math and a love of sports. An interest in computer programming is strongly recommended but no specific background is necessary.

Applications are closed.

Click here for information about WSBI’s sports business summer program, the Wharton Sports Business Academy.

The Academic Experience

Taught by Professor Adi Wyner and guest faculty, the Moneyball core curriculum goes beyond what students will learn in an AP Statistics course in order to teach students how to apply advanced statistical concepts to sports analytics. Moneyball covers much of Wharton’s Stat 101 and Stat 470 courses, as well as pieces of Stat 102, 430, and 471. In addition, students will learn to read and write code in R, the advanced statistical programming language used by professional statisticians. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and perform many of the sports analyses typically seen in FiveThirtyEight, Fangraphs, or Hardball Times articles. Furthermore, Moneyball offers the opportunity to learn from and network with other analytically minded people, which can prove extremely valuable as students continue in the sports business industry.

Moneyball FAQs

Can I attend these programs again next summer when you are back on-campus?

Yes and No. Students who enroll in the Moneyball Training Camp Online for summer 2020 are welcome to apply for the residential Moneyball Academy in Summer 2021. Students taking Moneyball Academy will find that the syllabus is the same as what is offered this year.

I have heard that Moneyball is known for amazing guest speakers from the best teams in sports. Will this be true online as well?

Yes! In both Moneyball Academy: Online and Training Camp Online there will be guest speakers.

What does the daily schedule look like?

Each day there will include a live lecture given by Dr. Adi Wyner and his staff; this will run from 1-2 hours starting at approximately 10:00AM. Each day will also include live small group coding instruction with teaching staff and afternoon guest lectures.

Will I have the chance to meet other students with interests similar to mine?

Yes! Working in small teams, students will collaborate on a group project. Supervised by a Wharton student as a teaching assistant, participants will be connected and be provided tools for further connection beyond class time.

For more of our Frequently Asked Questions visit the Wharton Summer High School Online Course FAQs page.


The applications are now closed.

For more information, please visit Global Youth Program webpage