2022 Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance – Online

February 14, 2022 - February 18, 2022


Offered in English

As state and local governments rise to meet the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession, many are facing fiscal pressures like never before. Even before this, events in communities like Detroit, Stockton, Flint, and Puerto Rico highlight the severe challenges related to fiscal systems that support public services and the continued stress they face given the shrinking revenue streams facing many local governments.

Whether you want to better understand public-private partnerships, debt and municipal securities, or leading land-based finance strategies to finance infrastructure projects, this program will give you the skills and insights you need as you advance your career in urban planning, real estate, or community development.


Created by Harris Public Policy’s Center for Municipal Finance and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, this program provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance with a focus on urban planning and economic development. This course will include modules on the following topics:

  • 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 
  • Financial Analysis for Land Use and Development Decision Making
  • Paying for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Social Equity in Municipal Finance 

Participants will gain an improved understanding of 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 Certificate in Municipal Finance. 

Course Format

The live virtual programming will last approximately 3 hours each day. Students are also expected to watch pre-recorded lectures and read introductory materials that correspond to each live module. The total time expected to complete all pre-recordings and required readings is 6 to 7 hours.

Who Should Attend

Urban planners who work in both the private and public sectors as well as individuals in the economic development, community development, and land development industries.


Nonprofit and public sector: $1,200
Private sector: $2,250

Space is limited.


February 14, 2022 - February 18, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Application Period
November 15, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Number of Credits
Educational Credit Type
AICP CM credits
Related Links


Economic Development, Infrastructure, Land Use, Local Government, Municipal Fiscal Health, Planning, Property Taxation, Public Finance