Certificate in Economic Development and Growth

The Economic Development and Growth Certificate offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to acquire the economic and financial knowledge and transactional know-how needed to promote economic growth at the community, organizational, and policy levels. Coursework and instruction are especially focused on advancing equity and inclusion in development. The five course, graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program. 

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Course Information

Three core courses provide students with foundational skills:

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate (one may be taken in a school/program other than Fels):

  • At least three 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 and Executive MPA students may only count a maximum of two MPA core courses toward a Certificate.

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

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

11-3031 Financial Managers
13-1111 Management Analysts
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors
13-2031 Budget Analysts
55-0000 Military Specific Occupations

Program Costs

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

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Please see our Certificates Application Requirements and Deadlines page for more information.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829