The University of Pennsylvania’s International Master of Public Administration (I-MPA) is an innovative graduate degree for high-achieving students who are fluent in English and proficient in Mandarin. Our one-year program is anchored in the social and behavioral sciences and provides a skills-based, career-enhancing curriculum that focuses on comparative public administration, global leadership and public-private problem-solving. Individually tailored educational experiences further enhance your ability to confront today’s global challenges and work collaboratively across borders and sectors—in government, public service, NGOs, commerce and more. The program provides case-based learning addressing international, national and local level governance and leadership, problems and solutions.
The International Master of Public Administration is an interdisciplinary and experiential graduate program with a focus on social and behavioral sciences. Students take foundational and developmental courses in a cohort—which gives you the opportunity to create a strong bond with your peers and work closely with professors in smaller class settings. You also choose two electives from an approved list of courses in the School of Arts and Sciences where you learn with the greater Penn community and expand your network. In order to complete the degree, you must complete 10 course units (c.u.)1.
|First Semester||Course Units|
|IMPA 601||Econ and Pub Fin||1.0|
|IMPA 602||Global Leadership||1.0|
|IMPA 604||Quantitative Data||1.0|
|IMPA 606||Leadership Ethics||1.0|
|IMPA 607||Forecasting, Program Evaluation and Program Development--Eldercare in China||1.0|
|IMPA 608||China and US in 21st C||1.0|
|Total Course Units||10.00|
Additional learning opportunities and requirements
Academic advisor and I-MPA Faculty-Senior Staff Committee meetings (required)
Meetings each semester with an advisor are conducted in relation to your capstone project. The meetings with the I-MPA Faculty-Senior Staff Committee are for the purpose of having open-ended check-ins, advancing any special help or necessary trouble-shooting and keeping you connected to the widest range of I-MPA resources.
Participation in I-MPA faculty-student social (required)
The I-MPA faculty consider it essential that the social life of the class be acknowledged, enlivened and supported through such gatherings at the opening and closing of each semester.
Participation in Issues in US Politics and Policy Guest Speaker Series (required)
This non-curricular but critical part of the program affords you the opportunity to meet present and former US government, business and nonprofit leaders during evening sessions. Our guests are especially knowledgeable about US politics and policy and noted as both domestic and international problem-solvers.
Participation in Fox Leadership International’s China-US Partnerships for Educational Advancement and Cultural Exchange Student Committee (optional)
Fox Leadership International sponsors a 30-member Penn student group that represents the University’s 2,100 Chinese national students. Known as the China-US Partnerships for Educational and Cultural Exchange-Student and Alumni Society (CUP-SAS), it is led by an alumni executive committee consisting mainly of Chinese national graduates of Penn, with the Penn-Fox Assistant Director Cheng Yao among its permanent members. The CUP-SAS has hosted several major social events for Chinese National Day, the Chinese New Year and the recent Chinese Lantern Festival that came to Philadelphia’s Franklin Square.
Academic credit (PDF) is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (CU). A course unit (CU) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A CU (or a fraction of a CU) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One CU is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.