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Graduate Certificate in Economic Development

This four course, 12-credit graduate certificate in Economic Development from the John Lewis Public Administration Program at Tulane SoPA develops students' specialized expertise in supporting economic development strategies, as well as understanding the ways in which economic development strategies directly intersect with the health and well-being of cities and communities. Students will be prepared for diverse roles that span throughout government, nonprofits, and the private sector that serve to foster business development, retention and growth, and to cultivate healthy business environments and a skilled workforce.


Tuition: $1,119 per credit Tuition Calculator

Earn a Master of Public Administration With Stackable Certificates

Expand your career options in government, the private sector, nonprofits, and philanthropy with a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Graduate certificate credits can be applied to an MPA with our "stackable" certificate program. Take an additional eight courses, including seven required courses, to earn a Master of Public Administration degree. Specialize this advanced degree with a concentration in Nonprofit and Strategic Philanthropy Management, K-12 Education Leadership, Economic Development or Environmental Management and Resilience.




Economic Development Certificate Requirements

Our certificate program includes courses in social equity, civic resilience, and urban transformation.


Certificate Requirements

MPAD 7300 Elements of Economic Development  
MPAD 7310 Economic Development Challenges and Civic Resilience  
MPAD 7320 Economic Development and Urban Transformation  
MPAD 7330 Social Equity and Economic Development  


Grow Your Passion Into a Career in Public Administration

Take the first step with SoPA to prepare for a rewarding career that supports your community. Our online certificate program will help you develop the skills needed for a range of both professional roles, including policy-maker, urban planning support, business development manager, external affairs director, economic indicator data analyst, program officer, program evaluator, senior leader in an Economic Development organization, and more.


Learn Alongside Local and National Community Leaders

Our faculty brings decades of diverse leadership experience throughout the private and public sectors to each course. Learn from professionals who are passionate about making a difference and investing in their communities. At SoPA, you'll develop your professional network and gain lifelong mentors who are committed to your success throughout your career.



Take Advantage of a Flexible, Online Schedule

Choose where and when you learn with our completely online program catered to working professionals. SoPA offers online learning resources and support to help you balance school with both your personal and professional life. Courses are asynchronous, allowing you to access course materials, notes, lectures, and assignments at any time.

Prepare for fulfilling leadership roles in nonprofit, civic and government organizations with an advanced certificate from Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Request more information about our programs to get started today.




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