International Master of Public Administration

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International Master of Public Administration

The University of Pennsylvania’s International Master of Public Administration (I-MPA) is an innovative graduate degree for high-achieving students who are fluent in English and proficient in Mandarin. Our one-year program is anchored in the social and behavioral sciences and provides a skills-based, career-enhancing curriculum that focuses on comparative public administration, global leadership and public-private problem-solving. Individually tailored educational experiences further enhance your ability to confront today’s global challenges and work collaboratively across borders and sectors—in government, public service, NGOs, commerce and more. The program provides case-based learning addressing international, national and local level governance and leadership, problems and solutions. 

By earning an I-MPA degree, you learn from expert scholars and join an elite group of future influencers. With support from Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) and Fox Leadership International, you gain the skills and experiences needed for personal and professional success as an ethical, civic-minded, problem-solver. The program offers intensive academic and career mentoring to students. Upon graduation, you may be eligible for a Summer Alumni Fellowship supported by a grant of $5,000.

The I-MPA program starts on August 19, 2019, with the new student orientation. Classes start with the first semester on August 27, 2019, and finish at the end of the second semester on May 12, 2020.

Earn an Ivy League graduate degree in one year

Hear from Associate Faculty Director, Professor Chao Guo, about Penn’s I-MPA program, its focus on leadership and customized academic experiences. Get a glimpse of opportunities available to students such as guest speakers, site visits and cultural activities around campus and the city of Philadelphia.

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IMPA Courses and Curriculum

Foundational and developmental courses

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IMPA Program Resources

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