Graduate Certificate in Economic Development

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Graduate Certificate in Economic Development at a Glance


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.



Earn your graduate certificate in just four courses or 12 credit hours.



Nationally recognized faculty who practice what they teach and help you succeed beyond the classroom.



Flexible online courses that match your schedule. Accelerate your career without putting your life on pause.



Course credit for experience and 20% tuition discounts available.



Rolling admissions. No test scores. No recommendations. Four start dates. We make the admission process easy.

Certificate Requirements

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

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.

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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.

Faculty Who Practice What They Teach

Our program faculty brings decades of on-the-ground, impactful work throughout the local and national community to the classroom. Learn from leaders with influential roles and experience in the nonprofit sector, education, law, economics, philanthropy, infrastructure development, and more. Our public administration instructors are committed to helping you develop as a critical thinker and leader while promoting a more equitable society.

At Tulane SoPA, mentorship goes beyond the classroom. Build a strong professional network with both your classmates and instructors that extends 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.

Admissions Deadlines


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Fall Semester

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