Academics

MPA Capstone

Course Number: GAFL 799

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 to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully 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 her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from. 

Semesters Offered

Capstone Summer 2017
Course: MPA Capstone
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): TBD
Course Description:

The completion of a capstone projects 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 to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To succesfully complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for his or her capstone paper and 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 her/his learning and knoweldge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the student as well as one from which a potential organization will benefit. Summer 2017 On-Campus Meetings are 2:00pm-5:30pm on Fridays--May 19, June 23, and July 21 and Saturdays--May 20, June 24, and July 22.

MPA Capstone Spring 2017 On-Campus
Course: MPA Capstone
Instructor: Nelson Lim, Josh Power
Course Section: 300
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

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 to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully 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 her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from.

MPA Capstone Summer 2016 On-Campus
Course: MPA Capstone
Course Section: 900
Day(s): Friday, Saturday
Time: 2:00-5:30pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings.

On-campus meetings for Summer 2016 will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, onthe following dates: May 20, 21; June 24, 25; July 22, 23.  Class will start at 2:00pm and run until 5:30pm.

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 to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully 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 her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from. 

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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