Government Administration (FT), MPA

The one-year, full-time Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the Fels Institute of Government provides the concepts and skills students need to become the public managers and leaders of tomorrow. Driven by our three-pronged approach of context, analysis, and practice, the Fels MPA program admits a small and selective class of students who work closely with Penn faculty and leading policy practitioners to translate their classroom experiences into real-world results.


Beginning in Fall 2020, the one-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree requires the following coursework and practicum.

Degree requirements

Required Courses
GAFL 6110Statistics for Public Policy1
GAFL 6210Public Economics1
GAFL 6400Program Evaluations and Data Analysis1
GAFL 6310Public Law and Process1
GAFL 6510Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations1
GAFL 7320Public Management1
GAFL 7980MPA Capstone I0
GAFL 7990MPA Capstone II1
Select 2 courses chosen in consultation with your advisor2
Summer internship with a relevant nonprofit or government agency, chosen in consultation with a career services advisor
Total Course Units9

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.