The Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans (UNO), in collaboration with the New Orleans Business Alliance, is proud to present a series of noncredit classes designed to make university-level courses available to working adults in the New Orleans metropolitan area.  The program has been supported by the City of New Orleans Office of Economic & Community Development and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

About the program

  • The Community Development Finance Certificate Program consists of six courses that will meet from September through April on Wednesday evenings on the main campus, enabling working professionals to improve their skills with personalized university-quality instruction, and the ease of local convenience and affordability.
  • Targeted towards professionals with some previous community development and real estate experience who are looking to deepen their understanding of the redevelopment process, this certificate program emphasizes real estate finance, financial analysis and real estate development to support stronger, more resilient and equitable communities.
  • Taught by Alexandra Stroud, a real estate developer and consultant with expertise in complex community development financing and development planning, these courses provide a comprehensive approach to development. Ms. Stroud brings twenty years of experience working in the public and private sector throughout the country. Ms. Stroud holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture. She has taught at Howard University and is the founding Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development at Tulane University.
  • With class size limited to twenty, students enjoy personalized attention with weekly instructor office hours, either in person or through accessible video chat.


Tuition for the entire 6-course certificate program is $5,000. Courses may also be taken individually for $900 each. (Earlier courses are prerequisites for later courses; applicants may register out of sequence with approval of the instructor.)

Contact Us

Marla Nelson


Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, from 6 PM to 9 PM, on the main campus. Classes begin September 5th, 2018.

For enrollment help contact:

Anna deTiege Harris
  (504) 280-4711

Read more about the program … download our brochure!

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