Certificate in Economic Development and Growth

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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.

Fels Institute of Government

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

(215) 898-7326

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