Executive Master of Public Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #10 (WUR) , PA,
The Fels Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed for busy working professionals looking to advance their skills, accelerate their careers, and drive meaningful change—whether locally, nationally, or globally. 


This flexible format offers Executive students the opportunity to complete an Ivy League degree and establish a valuable network, while still working full time.

Driven by our three-pronged approach of context, analysis, and practice, the Fels Executive MPA program delivers a versatile and robust skillset, specialized knowledge, and practical experience—which can be applied immediately to achieve your goals. In year one, students focus on completing the core requirements in preparation for electives in year two. Practical, real-world experiences are woven throughout core and elective coursework. Fels students also enhance their expertise through the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 world-class graduate schools.

The Fels Executive MPA program draws seasoned and fast-rising leaders seeking proven tools as well as innovative techniques. The program’s cohort model is limited to 35 students, who take their core classes together and develop strong connections that will last throughout their careers.
Elected officials. Nonprofit leaders. Private sector executives looking to switch fields. These are just a few of the high-level students who benefit from the Fels Executive MPA degree—and bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Thanks to its convenient hybrid format, the program draws experienced leaders from across the country who can continue to work full time.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Planning for Performance
  • Public Innovations
  • The Art of Politics
  • Negotiations
  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
  • Economic Principles for Public Policy
  • Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Critical Issues in Public Finance

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Application Fee: $75
  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Standardized Test Scores*

*Applicants with over 7 years of work experience are not required to submit a standardized test score. All others are required to submit scores from either the GRE or LSAT exam.

Please note that all applicants who wish to be considered for the merit-based scholarships from Fels are required to submit standardized test scores regardless of their work experience. International applicants are also required to submit standardized test scores with no exceptions.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    36876 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18438 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    36876 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18438 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



Executive MPA students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Students who would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships are required to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application materials. All Executive MPA applicants should indicate if their employer provides tuition assistance. Penn employees and others who receive significant employer assistance are not eligible for scholarships.

Financial Aid

Executive applicants are eligible for federal loans as long as they matriculate in two classes during two academic semesters in a single year. Enrollment in one class during the academic year will result in a withdrawal of federal loans.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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