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Program Features

Top 5 Reasons to Pursue an I-MPA Degree

  1. Distinguished university
    The University of Pennsylvania is a highly selective Ivy League university that was ranked 4th among all American universities in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.
  2. Innovative and structured curriculum
    This one-year, skill-based graduate professional degree program provides ten carefully constructed, well-integrated courses that train you to become ethical, effective, entrepreneurial leaders.
  3. Diverse faculty
    Faculty come from a range of countries—Bangladesh, China, India, the US, and others—most of who speak more than one language, and are leaders in their fields—government, non-profits, social entrepreneurship, consulting, etc.
  4. Leadership and problem-solving
    Working in a cohort setting, you conduct research projects and solve real-world problems as individuals, group members, and as a class.
  5. Supportive and dynamic community
    Each and every student has an academic and career advisor who meets with the student regularly. The program offers extra-curricular experiences including meetings with distinguished leaders in government, business, academia, philanthropy, media, and other fields; a trip to Washington D.C.; and other networking and social events.

Additional learning opportunities and requirements

I-MPA academic advising and career mentoring

Before Penn I-MPA classes begin—in fact, before I-MPA students participate in their first New Student Orientation meetings—each I-MPA student is assigned an academic and career mentoring advisor, and hears from the advisor. Each I-MPA advisor serves in that capacity for each and all members of a single five-student or six-student Leadership Task Group.

The Penn I-MPA advisor meets and communicates regularly and individually with assigned I-MPA student-advisees throughout the year. In addition, certain extra-curricular experiences bring the I-MPA advisor and all members of a Leadership Task Group together.

In addition to the I-MPA advisor, each I-MPA student also interacts at regular intervals with the I-MPA faculty members and senior staff members who coordinate the program’s academic and career mentoring components. During the spring semester, career mentoring for I-MPA students is the forum for I-MPA students to decide about how and whether to pursue a paid I-MPA alumni fellowship for the summer following graduation.

I-MPA alumni research and service fellowship

In the first summer after graduation, each I-MPA alumnus with a program GPA of B+ or higher is eligible for an FLI Alumni Research and Service (FLIARS) Fellowship. The FLIARS Fellowships are awarded in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 to each eligible I-MPA alumnus for work in an approved local, national, or transnational nonprofit organization or governance body, or for substantially revising the individual capstone paper (I-MPA 610). The paper deemed best by the I-MPA faculty review committee receives an additional cash prize and certificate of distinction.