MPA Capstone

Course Number: 
GAFL 799


  • Executive MPA



  • Summer 2018

Course Format

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

The course meets in person from 2:00-5:30pm on the following Fridays and Saturdays: May 18-19, June 22-23, July 27-28.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
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 his/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.

Fels Institute of Government

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

(215) 898-7326