Academics

MPA Capstone

Course Number: GAFL 799

Successful 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.   This core course is designed to give students direct guidance as they apply and consolidate knowledge and skills gained across the curriculum through the completion of a rigorous Capstone project. Capstone students are responsible for designing and completing a public policy or public administration-related project and presenting a deliverable (described below) to the Fels community and other stakeholders.

Semesters Offered

MPA Capstone Spring 2018
Course: MPA Capstone
Instructor: Josh Power
Course Section: 300
On-Campus Day(s): Tuesday
On-Campus Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Course Description:

Successful 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.   This core course is designed to give students direct guidance as they apply and consolidate knowledge and skills gained across the curriculum through the completion of a rigorous Capstone project. Capstone students are responsible for designing and completing a public policy or public administration-related project and presenting a deliverable (described below) to the Fels community and other stakeholders.

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