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Fels Institute of Government courses provide students with the essential tools they need to create change in the public sector. Whether you are completing a program at Fels or browsing electives to complement another degree at Penn, our upcoming courses offer opportunities to deepen your knowledge in specific policy areas or gain additional valuable skills.

Core courses are designed for Fels degree and certificate students, while elective courses are open to Fels students as well as other students pursuing graduate degrees at Penn.

Full-time MPA courses offered spring 2020

Course Number Section Title Type Format
GAFL 529 001 Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Elective
On-Campus
GAFL 531 001 Data Science for Public Policy
  • Elective
On-Campus
GAFL 551 001 Government Relations
  • Elective
On-Campus
GAFL 571 001 Children and Law Seminar
  • Elective
On-Campus
GAFL 640 001 Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
  • Core
On-Campus
GAFL 651 001 Public Finance and Public Policy
  • Core
On-Campus
GAFL 732 001 Public Management and Leadership
  • Core
On-Campus

Executive MPA courses offered spring 2020

Course Number Section Title Type Format
GAFL 502 001 Public Communications
  • Elective
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 528 001 Critical Issues in Public Finance
  • Elective
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 549 001 Leading Nonprofits
  • Elective
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 559 001 Social Enterprise, Social Finance, and Collective Impact toward System and Policy Change
  • Elective
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 622 001 Economic Principles of Public Policy
  • Core
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 641 001 Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
  • Core
Hybrid (on-campus and online)

Core courses offered summer 2020

Course Number Section Title Program Course Format
GAFL 652 900 Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 735 001 Performance Imperative
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 799 001 MPA Capstone
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFP 799 900 MPA Capstone
  • MPA
On-Campus

Elective courses offered summer 2020

Course Number Section Title Program Course Format
GAFL 581 001 Politics, Policy, and Religion in 2020
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)

Core courses offered fall 2020

Course Number Section Title Program Course Format
GAFL 611 001 Statistics for Public Policy
  • MPA
On-Campus
GAFL 612 001 Quantitative Methods for Data Analysis
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 621 001 Public Economics
  • MPA
On-Campus
GAFL 631 001 Public Law and Public Process
  • MPA
On-Campus
GAFL 733 001 Public Management and Leadership
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)

Elective courses offered fall 2020

Course Number Section Title Program Course Format
GAFL 502 001 Public Communications
  • MPA
On-Campus
GAFL 502 001 Public Communications
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 569 001 The Politics of Housing and Community Development
  • MPA
On-Campus
GAFL 581 001 Politics Policy and Religion in 2020
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
GAFL 710 001 Negotiations
  • Executive MPA
Hybrid (on-campus and online)

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu