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. Striking an ideal balance between onsite and offsite education, independence and individualized attention, Fels’ unique hybrid program combines classes on campus one weekend a month with online tools used to support lecture, discussion, and group work. This 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 delivers a versatile and robust skillset, specialized knowledge, and practical experience—which can be applied immediately to achieve 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 core and elective coursework. Fels students also enhance their expertise through the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 world-class graduate schools.
“From the Executive MPA I have gained new insights, knowledge and tools – whether improving negotiation techniques, identifying types of leadership and how each type is exerted, constructing research models, evaluating project performance, or diagnosing an organizational bottleneck – that have increased my preparation and readiness to face political and technical issues.
– Marian Vidavauri, Executive MPA, Class of 2016
The Fels Executive MPA program draws seasoned and fast-rising leaders seeking proven tools as well as innovative techniques. The program’s cohort model is limited to 35 students, who take their core classes together and develop strong connections that will last throughout their careers.
Elected officials. Nonprofit leaders. Private sector executives looking to switch fields. These are just a few of the high-level students who benefit from the Fels Executive MPA degree—and bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Thanks to its convenient hybrid format, the program draws experienced leaders from across the country who can continue to work full time.
Admission for Fall: June 1st