Admission Requirements and Deadlines

MPA Application

Full-time and Executive MPA applicants should submit the following materials: 

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  • Full-time MPA deadline is February 1st

  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
    Any applicant to the Fels Institute of Government who is a current member or alumna/us of Teach for America or the Peace Corps is eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email lps@sas.upenn.edu (attention: Eileen Dougherty) to request a fee waiver code, which must be used on the payment screen before submitting the application.

  • Personal statement and essay 
    The personal statement should be approximately 750 words and should address your professional goals and how a Fels education can help you attain them. 
    Your short essay should be approximately 250 words and should discuss your most significant accomplishment in a leadership or management position, and it should answer the questions: What goals did you set out to achieve? What was your strategy? What were your results?
    - Please compile your responses into a single document (keeping them as separate essays) and upload to online application system.

  • Resume

  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    - All applicants should upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to the online application system.  Only applicants admitted to the MPA program will be required to submit official transcripts and should do so upon notification of admission. All international transcripts should be translated into English and the American-grading system using World Education Services, Inc. (WES) and select the basic evaluation option. All translated transcripts should be sent to the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS).  

  • Three letters of recommendation including at least one academic letter from a recommender who has taught the applicant.

  • For International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
    - Applicants who have not attended an English-speaking university for at least two years are required to submit scores for either test. TOEFL test takers should use code 2926.
    - Fels recommends that any international applicant who attended an English-speaking school but scored below the 50th percentile on their GRE or GMAT Verbal section should submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam to best determine your English ability.
  • Standardized test scores:

    - Applicants are required to submit standardized test scores unless they have 7 years or more of formal work experience.
    - Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarship must submit standardized test scores, regardless of work experience.

    - International applicants are required to submit standardized test scores with no exceptions.
    - Applicants taking the GRE should submit their scores to code 2893  (no department code is necessary).
    - LSAT or GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores. Please note that LSAC and GMAT will not report official scores to non-law/non-business schools. Applicants submitting LSAT or GMAT should upload a copy of their score report to the online application.


Executive MPA Application

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  • Next deadline: May 15th to start in Fall 2015.

  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
    Any applicant to the Fels Institute of Government who is a current
    member or alumna/us of Teach for America or the Peace Corps is eligible
    for an application fee waiver. Please email lps@sas.upenn.edu (attention: Eileen Dougherty) to request a fee waiver code, which must be used on the payment screen before submitting the application.

  • Personal statement and essay 
    The personal statement should be approximately 750 words and should address your professional goals and how a Fels education can help you attain them. 
    Your short essay should be approximately 250 words and should discuss your most significant accomplishment in a leadership or management position, and it should answer the questions: What goals did you set out to achieve? What was your strategy? What were your results?
    - Please compile your responses into a single document (keeping them as separate essays) and upload to online application system.

  • Resume

  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    - All applicants should upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to the online application system.  Only applicants admitted to the MPA program
    will be required to submit official transcripts and should do so upon notification of admission. All international transcripts should be translated into English 
    and the American-grading system using World Education Services, Inc. (WES) and select the basic evaluation option. All translated transcripts should be sent to the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). 

  • Three letters of recommendation including at least one academic letter from a recommender who has taught the applicant.

  • For International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
    - Applicants who have not attended an English-speaking university for at least two years are required to submit scores for either test. TOEFL test takers should use code 2926.
    - Fels recommends that any international
    applicant who attended an English-speaking school but scored below the 50th percentile on their GRE or GMAT Verbal section should submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam to best determine your English ability.

  • Standardized test scores:
    -Applicants are required to submit standardized test scores unless they have 7 years or more of formal work experience.
    -Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarship must
    submit standardized test scores, regardless of work experience.

    - International applicants are required to submit standardized test scores with no exceptions.
    -Applicants taking the GRE should submit their scores to code 2893  (no department code is necessary).
    -LSAT or GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores. Please note
    that LSAC and GMAT will not report official scores to
    non-law/non-business schools. Applicants submitting LSAT or GMAT should
    upload a copy of their score report to the online application.


     

  • Personal Interview - All are required to have an interview.

Certificate Application

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Certificate applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Next deadline: December 15th for Spring 2015 admission
  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
    Any applicant to the Fels Institute of Government who is a current
    member or alumna/us of Teach for America or the Peace Corps is eligible
    for an application fee waiver. Please email lps@sas.upenn.edu (attention: Eileen Dougherty) to request a fee waiver code, which must be used on the payment screen before submitting the application.
  • Personal statement - essay should be between 250-500 words.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    - All applicants should upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to the online application system.  Only applicants admitted to the MPA program will be required to submit official transcripts and should do so upon
    notification of admission.
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
    - Applicants
    who have not attended an English-speaking university for at least two
    years are required to submit scores for either test. TOEFL test takers
    should use code 2926.
    - Fels recommends that any international
    applicant who attended an English-speaking school but scored below the
    50th percentile on their GRE or GMAT Verbal section should submit scores
    from the TOEFL or IELTS exam to best determine your English ability.

  • Three letters of recommendation including at least one academic letter from a recommender who has taught the applicant.
  • Personal interview

Non-Degree Application

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  • Next deadline: December 15th for Spring 2015 admission
  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
    Any applicant to the Fels Institute of Government who is a current
    member or alumna/us of Teach for America or the Peace Corps is eligible
    for an application fee waiver. Please email lps@sas.upenn.edu (attention: Eileen Dougherty) to request a fee waiver code, which must be used on the payment screen before submitting the application.
  • Personal statement - statement should be no more than 250 words.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. All
    applicants should upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to the
    online application system.  Only applicants admitted to the MPA program
    will be required to submit official transcripts and should do so upon
    notification of admission. 
    All international transcripts should
    be translated into English and the American-grading system using World
    Education Services, Inc. (WES) and select the basic evaluation option.
    All translated transcripts should be sent to the University of
    Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). 
  • Personal Interview

Applications will not be reviewed until all material has been received by the Fels Admissions Office. Please note that all materials submitted to the Admission Office become the property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned under any circumstances.

Campus Visits

Prospective applicants are welcome to visit Fels and meet MPA staff, faculty, and students; tour the campus; and sit in on classes. To schedule a visit, contact the Admissions Office at felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu or call 215-898-2600 to make arrangements. You can also take a virtual tour of Penn's campus.

Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit our Admissions Blog page.