Public Finance, Certificate

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.

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The Certificate in Public Finance requires 4 course units, including 2 course units of foundational courses and 2 course units of electives: one from the economic growth focus, and one from the public finance focus.

Course information

Foundational Courses
Select 2 foundational courses from the following:2
Public Economics
Economic Principles of Public Policy
Critical Issues in Public Finance
Public Finance & Public Policy
Economic Growth Elective
Select 1 elective from the following:1
The Problem of Jobs: The Philadelphia Story
The Politics of Housing and Community Development
Public Finance Elective
Select 1 elective from the following:1
Quantitative Tools for Consulting
Nonprofit Financial Management
Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Total Course Units4

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core MPA courses may count toward a certificate. Electives are subject to change; please consult the Fels website for the most up to date list of electives.

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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 degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.