Certificate in Public Finance and Economic Development

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The Certificate in Public Finance and Economic Development allows students to learn how to promote economic growth at the community, organizational, and policy levels, while also gaining fundamental competencies of effective financial management needed to work in public finance. Elective coursework focuses on advancing equity and inclusion in development, and how to use data and analysis to make informed financial decisions.

The Certificate in Public Finance and Economic Development requires four (4) c.u.*, including two (2) foundational courses and two (2) electives: one (1) from the economic growth focus, and one (1) from the public finance focus.

Foundational Courses

Choose one of the following:

  • GAFL 621: Public Economics
  • GAFL 622: Economic Principles of Public Policy

Choose one of the following:

  • GAFL 651: Public Finance and Public Policy
  • GAFL 528: Critical Issues in Public Finance

Economic Growth Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • GAFL 506: The Problem of Jobs – The Philadelphia Story
  • GAFL 569: The Politics of Housing and Urban Development

Public Finance Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • GAFL 517: Quantitative Tools for Consulting
  • GAFL 529: Non-Profit Financial Management
  • GAFL 652: Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core courses toward a certificate.

*Academic credit (PDF) is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu

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