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Infrastructure Policy Management and Finance (IPMF) Certificate Program

This certificate program is designed for students who are interested in working in the infrastructure space in planning, finance, project management, and/or operations role, and/or who want to gain a deeper understanding of issues related to infrastructure.


The IPMF program is open to all Cornell graduate students with an interest in infrastructure.

Note: Brooks MPA Students do not need to be in the Science Technology and Infrastructure concentration to earn this certificate.

Application Process


Applications include the following materials to be sent electronically to John Foote at

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose–1,000 words (max.)

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until October 12, 2022 and notifications will be made on or before October 21.

Note: There will be an info session via Zoom at 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Certificate Requirements

Students pursuing an IPMF certificate will design a Course of Studies that includes the following coursework:

Required courses for the IPMF certificate

  • PAM 5340: Regulation and Infrastructure Policy (Fall)– 3 credits
  • PADM 5755: Infrastructure Finance (Spring) – 3 credits

A least three courses, each of which is focused on one of the following topics:

  • Risk analysis
  • Financial modeling
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Project management

Courses need to be approved by John Foote.

Successful completion of a practical experience related to infrastructure, chosen from:

  • Infrastructure practicum (PADM 5757) or
  • An infrastructure-focused internship.

IPMF Fellows meet periodically as a group and are invited to participate in meetings with industry practitioners and in periodic Zoom breakfasts with executives who are working the infrastructure space. Also, the IPMF program works closely with the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy which sponsors IPMF Fellows as members of the Young Professionals in Infrastructure organization.

More Information

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