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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.

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate 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, financial management, marketing, and fundraising. The four-course graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

  • All four 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.
  • MPA students may only count a course to one certificate degree.
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of two MPA core courses toward a certificate.

Course information

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills: 

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate: 

*This course is part of the Executive MPA core curriculum. Full-time MPA students may count GAFL 651.

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
11-2013 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

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. 

  • 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.

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):

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 Public Finance Certificate offers current and aspiring public leaders a practical education to help them be better prepared to use data and analysis to make informed financial decisions that will impact their organizations and communities. The curriculum covers the fundamental competencies of effective financial management designed to build a professional tool-kit in public finance. The four-course graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

  • 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 students may only count a maximum of two MPA core courses toward a certificate.

Course information

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills: 

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate (at least one must be taken at Fels):

*Full-time MPA students may take GAFL 651 - Public Financial Management instead
**May replace GAFL 652 - Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations under special circumstances

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

The Politics Certificate 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 four-course graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

  • 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.
  • MPA students may only count a course to one certificate degree.
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of two MPA core courses toward a certificate.

Course information

Two 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):

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

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 2018- spring 2019 tuition and fee rates for Certificate students

  1 c.u.  2 c.u. 
Tuition $6,380 $12,760
General fee $394 $788
Total $6,774 $13,548
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.

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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