MPA Capstone

Course Number: 
GAFL 799

Program: 

  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Core

Instructor(s)

Semester: 

  • Summer 2020

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus
On-Campus Day(s): 
Friday
Saturday
On-Campus Time(s): 

Summer 2020 on-campus meetings will be held the following 3 weekends (times TBD): May 29-30, June 26-27, July 30-August 1. Class will also meet online weekly on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online
Online Day(s): 
Monday
Online Time: 
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Course Description: 

The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project represents a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for her capstone paper and the associated briefing. The student’s capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student’s learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from. 

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

Fels Institute of Government

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

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