Fels Institute of Government and Philadelphia Housing Authority Partnership

The University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and Philadelphia Housing Authority partnership provides a 25% tuition reduction for PHA employees who enroll in the Master of Public Administration or the Executive Master of Public Administration.

Why choose Fels?

Stand out as a public or nonprofit leader with a Fels education in public administration. Fels offers you a personalized curriculum combining analytical and practical experience and a tight-knit campus community within a world-class research institution and major US city.

Eligible Fels degree programs

  • Master of Public Administration: The on-campus program is designed to deliver the analytical tools, real-world experience, and valuable connections needed to begin or advance a career in the public sector.
  • Executive Master of Public Administration: This is a low-residency program that combines an innovative online learning platform with monthly on-site intensive sessions in Philadelphia to enhance your leadership in the public sphere.

PHA partnership program details

  • The 25% tuition reduction for PHA employees is awarded in the form of a reduced tuition-only rate for the Fels Institute of Government’s Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of Public Administration programs.
  • PHA employees are required to submit separate identification and paperwork as part of the enrollment process to verify employment eligibility for the discounted tuition rate to be applicable.
  • It is ultimately the responsibility of the PHA employee to satisfy any debts incurred through the pursuit of a degree or certificate.
  • Books, travel, and all related fees are the responsibility of the PHA employee.
  • PHA employees have full access to University resources as a Fels student.

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John Lapinski and Lauren Russell, Faculty Co-Directors

"The Fels experience is shaped by our dynamic students and enriched by faculty and staff committed to your academic and professional success. Our programs equip future public leaders with the managerial and analytical toolkit needed to think critically and solve complex societal issues. Immersed in Philadelphia, an inspiring civic laboratory, students can make an impact locally or use the skills they learn in the classroom to effect change in communities across the globe. Fels graduates are a connected community and stand out wherever they go for their ability to innovate and generate solutions."

John Lapinski and Lauren Russell, Faculty Co-Directors

Fels Program Highlights

Career services meeting

Career services

Personalized career advising begins on day one: Our faculty and advisors work with you closely to identify your professional goals, map out your career strategy, and align your electives and program opportunities to advance. You’ll benefit from career and networking events, our mentor program, and one-on-one advising.

Capstone projects

Capstone projects

With the capstone project, you apply your classroom knowledge and skills to specific tasks or inquiries that serve the real-world needs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Throughout the project, you build relationships with diverse stakeholders and improve your skills in policy research, creative thinking, data analysis and interpretation, program evaluation, written and verbal communication, time management, and client management.

Philadelphia skyline

Fels and Philadelphia

One of Fels’ most valuable resources is our location—a thriving urban center and historic city in the heart of the Northeast Corridor. Our region is home to a host of local, state, and federal government agencies as well as a flourishing network of non-government and nonprofit organizations. As a Fels student, you have ample opportunities to translate classroom knowledge into practical applications—right in your own backyard. 


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