Certificate in Municipal Finance

Certificate in Municipal Finance

This Executive Education program, created by the Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, provides a thorough foundation in municipal finance. You will learn fundamentals of revenue and debt, municipal bonds and financial statement analysis, and gain familiarity with key market players. Learn how to effectively apply tools of financial analysis for strategic decisions. You will gain a broad perspective on the interplay between finance, urban economics and public policy.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for new market participants and senior personnel who are not municipal finance specialists. Appropriate titles include:

• Bond lawyers
• Investment bankers
• Municipal advisors
• Civil engineers
• Urban planners
• Government consultants

• Elected officials
• Finance and budgeting officials
• Economic development consultants and officials
• Public sector accountants
• Bond analysts

Key themes and concepts

• Urban economics and growth
• Government organization and structure
• State and local government finance fundamentals
• Capital and operating budgets
• Finance statement analysis
• Debt financing

For more details, view the Program Outline.

Leading the program

This Executive Education seminar features leading University of Chicago faculty, who are actively engaged in ground-breaking research on municipal finance and who, outside of their academic lives, have all served in public finance positions.


Rowan A. Miranda
VP for Operations and CFO
The University of Chicago

Paula R. Worthington
Senior Lecturer
Chicago Harris

Michael D. Belsky
Lecturer and Senior Fellow
Chicago Harris

Christopher R. Berry
Associate Professor
Chicago Harris




For more information, visit the Chicago Harris Faculty page.


For full program details, visit the Logistics page.