Fels Institute of Government at University of Pennsylvania

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 full-time 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 $ 61,000 $ 13,000 $ 48,000
Out of state $ 61,000 $ 13,000 $ 48,000
* 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

Students in Full-Time program receive $13,000 in support including grant and Public Leadership and Service fellowship funding.

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

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 23,940

Application fee waived?



All full-time Fels students complete internships during their summer semester.

Jobs for program alumni

For detailed information on the career prospects of Fels graduates, click here.

Other details

Program length

Full-Time Program 1 year (12 months)

Application requirements

GRE Scores, 2 Recommendations, Transcripts, Essay

Admissions process

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

Program begins

Late August/Early September

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mindy Zacharjasz, Director, Master of Public Administration

Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106