Certificate in Economic Development & Growth

The Economic Development and Growth Certificate can be completed in one year of part-time study as a stand-alone program, or can be combined with another graduate program, including the MPA.

Upon completing the certificate, students will be prepared to work in a wide range of organizations ranging from commerce departments to independent authorities to nonprofits assisting development growth.

The two core courses provide students with foundational skills:

  • Economic Principles of Public Policy**

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate:

* Full-time MPA students may take GAFL 783

** Full-time MPA students may take GAFL 621

  • 4 course units must be taken at Fels
  • Students with five or more years of professional experience or previous graduate coursework that duplicates the content of a core requirement may request a waiver of that requirement.  If the waiver is granted, the student replaces it with a Fels elective within the Certificate.
  • Students may only count a course to one Certificate
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of 2 MPA core courses toward a Certificate.

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Disclosure Information Required by the U.S. Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)

11-9141 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
13-1111 Management Analysts
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts
19-3051 Urban and Regional Planners

Program Costs
Tuition is charged on a per course basis.  Rates and fees are viewable here.

Completion Rate
Stand-alone certificate students complete their four-course unit of study at varied timelines, ranging from 2 to 5 semesters. Two students graduated from the Economic Development and Growth stand-alone certificate program in the 2011-12 academic year. Both of these graduates completed the program in 5 or fewer semesters.

Job Placement Rate
At the time of this report (January 2013), both of the 2011-12 stand-alone certificate graduates hold full-time positions in the field.

Median Loan Debt Incurred
The Fels Institute of Government will report median loan debt for the 2011-12 stand-alone certificate graduates as soon as it is available.