Submatriculation for Penn Undergraduates

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, you may begin the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Fels while completing your undergraduate degree via the submatriculation program. In most cases submatriculation will allow you to finish both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Students may enter the MPA program as submatriculants after first semester junior year and before first semester senior year.

Submatriculation admission requirements:

  • You must submit an online application with accompanying documents by the January deadline for full-time admissions.
  • You may apply as early as second semester sophomore year and as late as second semester junior year. Students about to enter their last semester of their undergraduate career at Penn are not eligible for submatriculation but may apply for regular admission to the MPA program.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA, but higher GPAs are preferred.
  • Students in any Penn undergraduate school and major may apply.
  • If you are interested in submatriculating, you should meet with both your undergraduate academic advisor and the Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at Fels as early as possible. They will help you determine whether this program is a good fit for you, confirm your eligibility, and determine whether additional forms should be completed.
  • Your submatriculation application must be submitted to your school office and the Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at Fels prior to your enrollment in the program.

Double-counting courses

Master of Public Administration submatriculants may have four courses double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. All double-counted courses must be approved by both your undergraduate and graduate academic advisors.

  • Double-counted courses must be graduate level (typically numbered 500 or above).
  • Appropriate courses taken prior to submatriculation may NOT be double-counted.
  • Double-counted courses may be from any School at Penn. However, they must be graduate level and appropriate for the MPA curriculum, as determined by the Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at Fels.

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University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
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