International, MPA

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. In order to complete the degree, you must complete 10 course units (CU)1.

IMPA 6010Critical Issues in Governance—Strategic Management1
IMPA 6020Economic Reasoning for Public Decision-Making1
IMPA 6030Quantitative Reasoning for Real-Time Problem-Solving1
IMPA 6040Collaboration Across Sectors: Boundary Spanning Leadership1
IMPA 6050Critical Issues in Leadership Theory and Practice1
IMPA 6060Critical Issues in Global Leadership Ethics1
IMPA 6080Global Leadership and Global Health in Developing Countries—Capstone Course1
IMPA 6095Global Problem-Solving and Program Evaluation—Elder Care in Asia2
IMPA 6100Global Leadership and Biographical Analysis - Biographical Analysis, Individual Capstone1
Total Course Units10

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. 



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.