Academics

MPA Capstone

Course: 
Course Number: 
GAFL 799 900

Semester: 

  • Summer 2016
Day(s): 
Friday
Saturday

Time

2:00-5:30pm
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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Contact Information

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