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Courses for full-time students

The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project is a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to specific public administration challenges or issues. To complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for her capstone paper and the associated briefing.

The student’s capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student's learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring the knowledge from the program back into their chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one that is beneficial to a potential organization.

Students can use their four electives to specialize in public finance, politics, nonprofit administration, or economic development and growth. Students may also take advantage of courses offered at other Penn programs, such as public finance courses at Wharton, social welfare courses at the School of Social Policy and Practice, education policy courses at the Graduate School of Education, or any other relevant courses offered in one of Penn's 12 graduate schools.

Courses for Executive MPA students

The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project represents a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program specific public administration challenges or issues. To complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for her capstone paper and the associated briefing.

The student's capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student's learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring the knowledge from the program back into their chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one that is beneficial to a potential organization.

Executive students take three electives. They have the option to either take hybrid elective courses that use the same format as the core courses, or on-campus elective courses that meet once per week.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu