Working with their academic advisor and the IPMF faculty coordinator, students pursuing an IPMF certificate will design a program of study that meets the academic requirements outlined below. CIPA students pursuing this certification are typically working toward a concentration in the area of Science, Technology and Infrastructure.

The certificate requires the following 4 courses listed below and one elective course. 

Required Courses:

  • PADM 5110: Public Administration (Fall/Spring) or PADM 5114: Organizational Design, Change, and Leadership (Spring) – 3 credits
  • PAM 5340: Regulation and Infrastructure Policy – 3 credits
  • PADM 5755: Infrastructure Finance (Spring) – 3 credits
  • PADM 5418: Strategic Stakeholder Engagement (Spring) – 1.5 credits

Elective Coursework for IPMF Certificate: (a minimum of one of the following courses; substitutes will be considered on a case by case basis) 

  • PADM 5320: Public Systems Modeling (Fall) – 4 credits
  • PADM 5425: Accounting Principles (Spring) – 3 credits
  • PADM 5734: Policy Issues in Disaster Prevention and Recovery (Fall) – 3 credits
  • CEE 5900: Project Management (Fall, Spring; instructor permission required) – 4 credits
  • CEE 5970: Risk Analysis and Management (Spring) – 3 credits
  • DEA 6200: Studies in Human-Environment Relations (Fall) – 3 credits
  • NBA 5410: Project Management (Spring) – 1.5 credits plus NBA 6820: Negotiation Essentials (Fall) – 1.5 credits
  • NBA 5600: Business Law (Fall) – 3 credits

Additional requirements for IPMF Certificate:

  • Good academic standing in a graduate program
  • Successful completion of a practical experience related to IPMF, chosen from:
    • Infrastructure project course organized by CIPA (Note: Infrastructure practicum course organized by CIPA
    • An infrastructure-focused internship.
  • Successful completion of an exit project (capstone, thesis or professional report) on infrastructure policy, management or finance.

Program Coordinator

For more information about IPMF, please contact CIPA Lecturer John Foote. John has 30 years of experience in the infrastructure arena since graduating with his MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell.

Application Process:

Statement of Purpose: Submit an essay of up to 1,000 words demonstrating your interest in the program, as well as the value-added perspective or experience that you will bring to the program and to its faculty and fellow students. In addition, you should discuss how you hope to incorporate the IPMF program into your future academic and professional life.

Interview: If selected as a finalist for the IPMF Fellows program, you may be asked to participate in an interview with IPMF program faculty and staff.

Application Deadline: The deadline for applying to the program is September 9, 2019.

Documentation: Applications should include the following materials and may be sent electronically to Please list “IPMF Certificate Application” in the subject line of your email.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Your Résumé/CV