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Broaden your impact with a focused edge

Fels offers rigorous certificate programs in nonprofit administration, public finance, politics, and economic development and growth designed to provide essential tools combining today’s most innovative techniques and perspectives.

Application Deadlines

ADMISSION CYCLE DEADLINE
Summer May 1
Fall July 1
Spring December 1

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The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration offers current and aspiring nonprofit leaders a practical education to have an even greater impact on their organizations and communities. The certificate has an interdisciplinary curriculum covering the fundamental competencies of nonprofit management such as organizational leadership, governance, policy influence, program evaluation, financial management, marketing, and fundraising.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration requires four (4) c.u.*, including two (2) foundational courses and two (2) electives chosen from the list below.

Foundational Courses

  • GAFL 549: Leading Nonprofits
  • Choose one of the following:
    • GAFL 652: Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
    • GAFL 529: Nonprofit Financial Management

Electives

Choose two of the following:

  • GAFL 735: The Performance Imperative
  • GAFL 640/GAFL 641: Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
  • GAFL 559: Social Enterprise, Social Finance, and Collective Impact toward System and Policy Change

Additionally, Fels offers workshops throughout the year on topics such as grant writing, fundraising, and social enterprises. Certificate students are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.

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.

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

11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers
13-1131 Fundraisers
13-1121 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
21-1020 Social Workers

*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.

The Certificate in Public Finance 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 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 Financial Management
  • 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.

Disclosure information required by the US Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
11-3031 Financial Managers
13-1111 Management Analysts
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors
13-2031 Budget Analysts
55-0000 Military Specific Occupations

*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.

The Certificate in Politics is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to effectively navigate complex and diverse political environments. Students who have completed this certificate have gone on to manage political campaigns, run for office, work at the intersection of the public and private sectors, and lead local, state, and federal government organizations.

The Certificate in Politics requires four (4) c.u.*, including two (2) foundational courses and two (2) electives chosen from the list below.

Foundational Courses

  • GAFL 502: Public Communications
  • GAFL 551 Government Relations

Electives

Choose two of the following:

  • GAFL 631: Public Law and Public Process 
  • GAFL 710: Negotiations
  • GAFL 509: Who Gets Elected and Why?
  • GAFL 559: Social Enterprise, Social Finance, and Collective Impact toward System and Policy Change

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.

Disclosure information required by the US Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-1031 Legislators
11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers

*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.

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.)* rate based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. Tuition for certificate courses taken by students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Fall 2019 - spring 2020 tuition and fee rates for Certificate students

  1 c.u.  2 c.u. 
Tuition $6,380 $12,760
General fee $414 $828
Total $6,794 $13,588
Health insurance n/a n/a
Clinical fee n/a n/a
Living expenses n/a n/a

Some of our students have also benefited from the Graduate Associate program.

Fee definitions

  • General fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential facilities as a large library system, museums and institutes, and special laboratories.
  • Clinical fee: The clinical fee is required for students enrolled in three or more course units and allows them unlimited access to the Penn Student Health Service.

*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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