University of Pennsylvania - Fels Institute of Government

Why you should consider this program

Since 1937, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania has pioneered the training and practice of public management. Today, we build on our legacy of impact and innovation to prepare the world's next generation of public sector leaders.

As the Ivy League's most personal, practical program in public management, the Fels experience is unique. We are a small, close-knit, and collaborative community with diverse backgrounds, professions, and perspectives. A third of our MPA students come from abroad. We share a commitment to driving meaningful change, whether locally, nationally, or globally. We don't watch it happen- we make it happen.

Fels faculty and instructors are high-level practitioners and distinguished Penn scholars, focused on equipping students with versatile skills, tools, and knowledge to meet complex challenges. Our curriculum is grounded in three pillars- context, analysis, and practice- that, together, catalyze results that matter.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 65,912 $ 20,000 $ 45,912
Out of state $ 65,912 $ 20,000 $ 45,912
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

For the MPA, the Coverdell Fellowship provides a tuition scholarship of at least $15,000 and Public Leadership and Service fellowship funding of $5,000 to support an unpaid internship.

All RPCV’s are eligible for an $15,000 tuition scholarship to the Fels MPA program.

Note that applicants should see the Fels website for most up to date information.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 34,594

Application fee waived?



All MPA Fels students complete internships.

Jobs for program alumni

MPA Class of 2022: 97% of students were employed, working on political campaigns, or continuing education within six months of graduation

MPA Class of 2021: 96% of students were employed, working on political campaigns, or continuing education within six months of graduation

Other details

Program length

MPA Program 1 year (12 months)

Application requirements

GRE or LSAT Scores are encouraged but not required, 2 Recommendations, Transcripts, Essay & Personal Statement

Admissions process

Please include in your application your previous participation in the Peace Corps.

Program begins

Late August/Early September

Non-traditional options

Fels also offers a part-time Executive MPA program for mid-career professional who seek to earn their degree while working full time. See the Fels website for additional information.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mindy Zacharjasz, Director, Master of Public Administration

Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106