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Executive MPA

A flexible format for working professionals

The Fels Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed for busy working professionals looking to advance their skills, accelerate their careers, and drive meaningful change—whether locally, nationally, or globally. Our flexible format offers Executive students the opportunity to complete an Ivy League degree and establish a valuable network, while still working full time.

Driven by our three-pronged approach of context, analysis, and practice, the Fels Executive MPA program curriculum in management, finance, data analysis, and politics provides the framework for tackling today’s challenges while being immediately applicable to achieving your goals.

In year one, students focus on completing the core requirements in preparation for electives in year two. Practical, real-world experiences are woven throughout the coursework. Fels students also enhance their expertise through the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and professional schools.

The Experience

The Fels Executive MPA program's uniquely personal cohort model is limited to 35 students, who take their core classes together and develop strong connections that will last throughout their careers while allowing for maximum access to Fels’ distinguished faculty, instructors, and staff.

The executive track can be completed in two years with our hybrid approach striking an ideal balance between independence and individualized attention. Fels’ unique program combines interactive on campus classes one weekend a month with online tools used to support lecture, discussion, and group work.

The Students

Elected officials. Nonprofit leaders. Private sector executives looking to switch fields. Students in the Fels Executive MPA program come from a diversity of academic and professional backgrounds drawn together by a common commitment to public service and desire to enhance their professional skills. Thanks to its convenient hybrid format, the program draws experienced leaders from across the country who can continue to work full time.  

Application Deadline

Admission for Fall: June 1st

For one weekend (Friday and Saturday) each month, Executive MPA students come to campus for an intensive weekend of instruction, class discussions, and group activities. During the weeks in between, students use a cutting-edge online platform to support lecture, discussion, and in-depth interaction among students and faculty.

Executive MPA students take two courses per semester for six consecutive terms, giving our students the ability to finish the degree in two years.

Here's what a weekend at the University of Pennsylvania looks like:

Friday Saturday
  • 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Course 1
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
  • 2:00-5:30 p.m. Course 2
  • 6:00 p.m. Evening Programming
  • 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Course 2
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
  • 2:00-5:30 p.m. Course 1
  • 6:00 p.m. Depart
Program Calendar: Fall 2017-Summer 2019 Schedule

Fall 2017 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • September 8-9
  • October 13-14
  • November 10-11
  • December 1-2

Spring 2018 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • January 12-13
  • February 9-10
  • March 16-17
  • April 20-21

Summer 2018 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • May 18-19
  • June 22-23
  • July 27-28

Fall 2018 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • September 7-8
  • October 12-13
  • November 9-10
  • November 30-December 1

Spring 2019 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • January 18-19
  • February 15-16
  • March 15-16
  • April 19-20

Summer 2019 Schedule of On-campus Class Meetings

  • May 24-25
  • June 21-22
  • July 26-27
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Online Application
  • All Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Standardized Test Scores*

*Applicants with over 7 years of work experience are not required to submit a standardized test score. All others are required to submit scores from either the GRE or LSAT exam.

Please note that all applicants who wish to be considered for the merit-based scholarships from Fels are required to submit standardized test scores regardless of their work experience. International applicants are also required to submit standardized test scores with no exceptions.

Please see our Executive MPA Application Requirements and Deadlines page for more information.

The university has yet to announce tuition rates for the upcoming academic years. All rates are estimated based on this year's tuition and fees.

  Fall 2017  Spring 2018 Summer 2018
Tuition $12,292 $12,292 $12,783
General Fee $744 $744 $744
Program Fee* $600 $0 $0
Online Course Fee** $300 $300 $300
Total $13,936 $13,336 $13,857***

Tuition per semester covers the required 2 courses Executive MPA students take per term.

* The Program Fee will be charged once per academic year in the fall semester.
** Students will be charged a technology fee of $150 per course.
*** Cost of attendance for Summer 2018 is estimated, as tuition and fees are adjusted during this term for the subsequent academic year.

Executive MPA students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Students who would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships are required to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application materials. All Executive MPA applicants should indicate if their employer provides tuition assistance. Penn employees and others who receive significant employer assistance are not eligible for scholarships.

Executive applicants are eligible for federal loans as long as they matriculate in two classes during two academic semesters in a single year. Enrollment in one class during the academic year will result in a withdrawal of federal loans.

All Executive MPA students are responsible for their accommodation and transportation needs. Fels will be happy to provide advice and suggestions as needed.

Master of Public Administration Executive Course Plan

Fall 1
GAFL 612 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
GAFL 733 Public Management
Spring 1
GAFL 622 Economic Principles of Public Policy
GAFL 641 Program Evaluation and Data Analysis 
Summer 1
GAFL 652 Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Institutions
Elective 1
Fall 2
GAFL 710 Negotiations
Elective 2
Spring 2
GAFL 735 The Performance Imperative
GAFL 623 Leading People
Summer 2
GAFL 799 Capstone
Elective 3

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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