Executive Master of Public Administration

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Executive Master of Public Administration

Increase your public impact with an Ivy League degree

The Fels Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA) program is an innovative, practitioner-focused degree designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals seeking to advance in or enter the public sector without interrupting their careers. The low-residency format of the program offers Executive MPA students the opportunity to complete an Ivy League degree in less than two years while continuing to work full time in and beyond the Philadelphia region. This 10-course, 10 c.u. program includes a capstone project designed to build the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to translate classroom experiences into real-world results.

Enhance your education without interrupting your career

For one weekend each month, Executive MPA students come to campus for an intensive period of instruction, class discussions, and group activities. During the weeks in between, students meet for weekly virtual lectures, discussions, and in-depth interactions among students and faculty.

Executive MPA courses

Taught by Penn’s world-renowned faculty as well as experienced practitioners and public leaders, the core curriculum delivers the versatile and robust skillset, specialized knowledge, and valuable connections leaders and managers need to make an impact in the public sector. Elective courses at Fels or other Penn institutions allow students to specialize or branch out into particular policy areas of interest.


Through the capstone project, students synthesize what they’ve learned across their coursework to develop real-world solutions that can be applied immediately to the workplace. With guidance from Fels advisors, students evaluate and analyze a challenge in their chosen career and apply their classroom knowledge to propose practical solutions.


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Fels Institute of Government

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

(215) 898-7326