Social Finance

This Advanced Certificate draws from NYU Wagner’s established and innovative curriculum in social finance. Coursework focuses on impact investment, program-related investment, and financial management providing you with the skills you need to practice in both the nonprofit and private sector. It will expose students to new methodologies in addressing social problems and assessing impact through program-related investment, blended finance, venture philanthropy, and measurement of social impact returns.

Students must successfully complete 15 credits to earn this Advanced Certificate. The curriculum is designed to be completed in three semesters, however students may take up to three years.

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Required Courses:

Students must complete the following course (3 credits):

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
CORE-GP.1021 Financial Management None Fall, Spring, Summer 3


Students must also choose and complete courses from the following (12 credits):

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
PADM-GP.2127 Corporate Social Responsibility: Social Finance Partnerships and Models None Spring 3
PADM-GP.2132 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design None Fall, Spring 3
PADM-GP.2147 Corporate Finance and Public Policy CORE-GP.1021 or MSPP-GP.4021 Fall, Spring 3
PADM-GP.2311 Impact Investing co-requisite of CORE-GP.1021 or MSPP-GP 4021 Fall, Spring 3
PADM-GP.2312 Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise CORE-GP.1021 concurrently Spring 3
PADM-GP.4313 The Intersection of Finance and Social Justice CORE-GP.1021 or MSPP-GP.4021; PADM-GP.2147 recommended Spring 1.5
PADM-GP.4314 Environmental Finance and Social Impact CORE-GP.1021; PADM-GP.2311 recommended January 1.5
PADM-GP.4320 Environmental, Social, Governance Investing CORE-GP 1021, PADM-GP 2311 recommended Fall 1.5



The required CORE-GP 1021 course must be taken in the first semester and it is a prerequisite to most courses in the certificate. Students who are able to waive CORE-GP 1021 must complete an advanced elective in its place.