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Global Master of Public Administration


Online Learning for Real-Life Leading and Global Human Well-Being

Welcome to the all-online Penn Global Master of Public Administration program—the Penn G-MPA! Penn is an Ivy League school located in historic Philadelphia. Penn is consistently ranked among America’s top universities and is often ranked first in many fields.

The 2022 Penn G-MPA is designed especially for academically select and highly qualified present and future leaders in government, nonprofit, and business organizations who are proficient in English as well as either Hindi/other Indian regional languages or Mandarin, and who wish to hone their problem-solving skills and go on to make a real difference in improving human well-being locally, nationally, and globally.  

The “G” in the Penn G-MPA is alive throughout the curriculum. Students become immersed in dozens of problem-solving cases on topics ranging from economic development in Latin America to environmental protection in Europe, from pandemics that afflict people everywhere to problems that affect people in a particular nation such as gun violence in the United States.  

The Penn G-MPA climaxes by stretching students’ problem-solving skills and drawing on students’ language proficiencies with capstone cases on energy in India and elder care in China. Students tackle these topics both individually and as members of a five-student task group in which one or more students can conduct primary research in Hindi/other Indian regional languages or Mandarin.

This program is designed and crafted by a faculty of multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual world-class scholars in consultation with top present and former leaders in government, nonprofit, and business organizations. The Penn G-MPA curriculum enables you to earn your graduate professional degree in just one year and to complete weekly course assignments at whatever times work best for you.

During the academic year—from spring 2022 to fall 2022—admitted candidates: 

  • Take ten all-online, asynchronous courses
  • Receive weekly synchronous online course advising and faculty mentoring 
  • Participate at your discretion in special synchronous sessions featuring global leaders in the government, nonprofit, and business sectors
  • Come to Penn the week before graduation, at your option, to meet the G-MPA faculty and staff in person and participate in special sessions featuring leading experts on global affairs