Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance

Harris School of Public Policy

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Harris School of Public Policy


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Who should attend

Space for this certificate course is limited. Individuals who had previously enrolled in either our Chicago or Phoenix certificate courses will be given an opportunity to transfer their previous enrollment to this new program, before enrollment is opened to the general public.

Those with the following experience will be given preference for admission:

  • New to senior-level urban planners who work in both the private and public sectors as well as individuals in the land development industry at large.
  • Job titles including:

    • Urban Planners
    • Community and Economic Development Staff
    • Developers and real estate professionals
    • Real Estate Attorneys

About the course

This year's Municipal Finance Certificate program will take place virtually, offering the same University of Chicago programming to participants throughout the country. In lieu of our traditional in-person course, the Center is pleased to offer a 10% tuition reduction for all applicants who apply before Friday, September 18th.

This five day program provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance with a focus on urban planning, economic development, and potential funding models.

The program will include half-day courses featuring both live discussions and prerecorded lectures covering the following modules:

  • Urban Economics and Growth
  • Intergovernmental Fiscal Frameworks, Revenues, Budgeting
  • Capital Budgeting/Accounting and Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Debt/Municipal Securities
  • Land-Based Finance/Land Value Capture
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Cost Benefit Analysis – Across Instruments
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • How Do You Pay For Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation?

Benefits of the Program

Participants will learn how to effectively apply tools of financial analysis to make strategic decisions and gain an improved understanding about the interplay among finance, urban economics and public policy as it relates to urban planning and economic development.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance.

For planners maintaining their AICP credentials, this course provides Certification Maintenance (CM) credits from the APA.


Christopher Berry

About Christopher Berry Christopher R. Berry is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance, and faculty director of the Master of Science Program in Computational Analysis...

Paula Worthington

Paula R. Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also serves as academic director of the School’s Policy Labs program and faculty lead on its MPP program. At Harris, Worthington teaches courses in state and local government a...

Lourdes Germán

Lourdes Germán is Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she is helping to advance the Institute’s global municipal fiscal health campaign and its work as a co-lead organization for the municipal finance policy unit of the United Nat...

John E. Anderson

Dr. John Anderson is the Baird Family Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is also the Executive Director of the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC), part of the federal statistical research data network, located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earn...

Tom Morsch

Tom is the Founder and President of Morsch Expeditions. His approach combines decades of expertise with innovative public finance strategies. Prior to forming the company, Tom was a partner and Managing Director of Public Finance Management (PFM), the largest US public finance advisory firm, wh...

Stephen B. Friedman

Steve brings more than 40 years of experience in real estate and development advisory services. He leads SB Friedman in providing a broad range of services from visioning and feasibility analysis to financing, strategy and implementation. Steve works closely with public, private and institutional...

Luis Bettencourt

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is the Inaugural Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, as well as an External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtaine...

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