Programs

Programs

An Ivy League public administration education you can put to work

Our mission is to train public sector leaders—and we are dedicated to providing the knowledge, experience, and network you need to ignite meaningful change. Our curriculum combines foundational knowledge in data analysis, leadership, and economics with practical, experiential learning opportunities that enhance your professional impact, no matter where you are in your career—or the world. In addition, our small and selective programs ensure that each student has access to faculty guidance, alumni mentorship, and the lasting connections formed among peers in your cohort.

Fels fast facts

6:1


Student to faculty ratio

Alumni careers by sector


34% Government
32% Private sector
23% Nonprofit/NGO
11% Consulting

Top 2%


Fels MPA and Executive MPA grads’ median earnings are in the top 2% of MPA programs nationwide*

*Source: Department of Education College Scorecard Data Release from April 25, 2023

Which program is right for you?

  Master of Public Administration Executive Master of Public Administration
Program description The on-campus Master of Public Administration is designed to deliver the analytical tools, real-world experience, and valuable connections needed to begin or advance a career in the public sector The Executive Master of Public Administration 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
Who it’s for Designed for students who want to build skills to make an impact in government or the nonprofit sector Designed for experienced working professionals with at least 5 years of professional experience who want to take their careers to the next level
Delivery In-person core classes are held on campus during the day; some electives may be taken in a hybrid format Core classes are held online on Monday evenings, with monthly intensive weekends (Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) held in person, on campus
Curriculum 9 courses, including a capstone project course, 2 electives (at Fels or another Penn school), and an internship 10 courses, including a capstone project course and 3 electives (at Fels or another Penn school)
Time to complete

One year of full-time study or two years of part-time study

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Two years of part-time study

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Non-Degree Program

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Dual Degree Programs

Combine your interest in public administration with another graduate degree at Penn.

Alicia Jiggetts

“Fels teaches us a lot of skills in a short amount of time, and we’re constantly building on the things that we’ve learned in previous classes. There’s not one class that I’ve felt like I’m not going to use. At Fels, you have to be prepared to work hard. But the overwhelming support system you have here will push you to your end goal.”

Alicia Jiggetts, Master of Public Administration ʼ23

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