MPA Submatriculation

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Submatriculation offers exceptional current undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania a way to begin the Fels Full-time Master of Public Administration (MPA) program while completing their undergraduate program. Once accepted to the MPA program, students may take up to two Fels courses during their senior year that double-count toward both the MPA and undergraduate program (see below).

Admission requirements

  • You may apply as early as the first semester of your junior year and as late as the first semester of your senior year. Apply by December 1 to take courses in the spring semester and by January 15 for the fall semester. Students entering the last semester of their undergraduate career at Penn are not eligible for submatriculation but may apply for regular admission to the Fels Full-time MPA program.
  • If you are interested in submatriculating, you should meet with your undergraduate academic advisor and the Master of Public Administration Director as early as possible. The director can help you determine whether this program is a good fit for you, confirm your eligibility, and determine whether additional forms should be completed.
  • Apply to the Fels Full-time MPA program using the standard online application for the program (select the Fels MPA Full-time Submatriculation option), noting your plan to submatriculate in your personal statement. You will be evaluated on the same standards as regular admission students.

Double-counting courses

Students who submatriculate into the Fels Full-time MPA program may double-count up to two Fels courses toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. All double-counted courses need to be approved by both your undergraduate and graduate academic advisors, and your Fels advisor will work with you to help select the appropriate classes. After completing your undergraduate requirements, the remaining seven MPA courses (prefix GAFL classes) are taken as a graduate student. Students should receive their undergraduate degree after completing undergraduate requirements (after year 4), and their master’s degree after completing graduate requirements (after year 5). 

Fels Institute of Government

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

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