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International Master of Public Administration

International Master of Public Administration

Learning and Leading for Global Human Well-Being

The University of Pennsylvania, known as Penn, is a highly selective and top-ranked Ivy League university that is located on a beautiful urban campus in historic Philadelphia. The Penn International Master of Public Administration, known as the Penn I-MPA, is an exciting, innovative, skills-based graduate degree program that is expressly dedicated to improving global human well-being by professionally educating, nurturing, and networking present and future problem-solving leaders.

The Penn I-MPA takes only one academic year and ten courses to complete. It is an academically cutting-edge cohort model program (all I-MPA degree candidates take all I-MPA courses together and participate in numerous extra-curricular learning experiences together) led by a distinctively interdisciplinary, multinational, and multilingual team of world-class scholars and noted leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector who teach, advise, mentor, and inspire our students.

I-MPA degree candidates are educationally equipped and professionally empowered through five interlocking program components, four required and one optional:

  1. Curriculum: Ten well-integrated courses that culminate in an advanced individual research and writing capstone paper and two class-wide collaborative problem-solving capstone projects
  2. Languages: Two language proficiency requirements: English plus either Mandarin or Hindi
  3. Extra-curricular activities: Twelve extra-curricular experiences including special events and field trips
  4. Advising: Year-long, robust, individualized academic advising and career mentoring
  5. Alumni fellowships: An optional paid alumni research and service fellowship of between $3,000 and $10,000 in the summer following graduation

The I-MPA program starts on August 24, 2020, with the new student orientation. Classes start with the first semester on September 1, 2020, and finish at the end of the second semester on May 17, 2021.

Earn an Ivy League graduate degree in one year

Hear from Penn’s I-MPA Faculty Director, Professor Chao Guo about the program, its unique cohort model, and innovative curriculum that addresses boundary-spanning leadership.

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Application Deadline

The priority deadline is December 15, and the normal deadline is March 1. Start your application now.

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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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