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Executive Master of Public Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #12 (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 include:

  • 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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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

    56786 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56786 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    56786 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56786 USD per year 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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