Academic Programs

More than 75 years of Leadership for Results


The Fels Master of Public Administration (MPA) offers a broad-based education that prepares students for leadership roles in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private firms engaging in public sector work. If you are committed to public service, the Fels MPA program will help you acquire the tools and understanding needed to be successful throughout your career.

Executive MPA

The Fels Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for fast track working professionals looking to go further, faster in their careers. With all core classes offered in a hybrid format (one weekend a month on campus complemented by state of the art online learning), this flexible high impact program will allow you to complete a Fels MPA while still working full-time.

Certificate Programs

Fels offers two rigorous graduate certificate programs in Nonprofit Administration and Public Finance that attract a diverse group of students interested in specialized fields within the public sector. If you are pursuing the Fels MPA, enrolled in other graduate programs at Penn, or work in the Greater Philadelphia region, a Fels certificate will prepare you for a career in public finance and nonprofit leadership administration.

Dual Degree Programs

The Fels Institute offers several different dual degree options that give students the chance to pursue the Master of Public Administration concurrently with another graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania. If you're interested in combining the study of public management with coursework in city planning, education policy, social policy, environmental studies, or law, a dual degree program will allow you to obtain two Penn degrees in an accelerated format.

Non-Degree Program

Working professionals and others with a bachelor's degree may apply to take up to two Fels courses on a non-degree basis. Prospective students must apply to this program, and each course must be approved by Fels. The courses completed at Fels can later be credited towards the MPA or Certificate program if the applicant is admitted.

Undergraduate Programs

The Fels Institute houses a number of opportunities aimed at undergraduate students who are interested in exploring the public sector. If you'd like to develop practical experience through internships or learn about politics and policy through coursework, the Fels undergraduate offerings will give you with a solid introduction to public service.