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MPA Capstone (Exec Format)

Course Number
GAFL 799 900
Course Code
GAFL799900
Course Key
67383
Day(s)
Monday
Time
6:30pm-7:30pm
Course Note
Only for Fels students. Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)
Course Description
This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project represents a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for her capstone paper and the associated briefing. The student’s capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student’s learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from.  

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee. Summer 2020 on-campus meetings will be held the following 3 Fridays (9:30am - 5:30pm, with a break for lunch 1-2pm): May 29, June 26, July 1. Class will also meet online weekly on Monday evenings from 7:45 - 8:45 PM.
NOTE: For Summer 2020, this class will meet remotely. The specific meeting times for this class may be updated to accommodate the new format.