Infrastructure Finance & Policy

Specialization in Infrastructure Finance and Policy

Careers in infrastructure beckon.  An increasing number of SAIS students have found exciting jobs in the growing area of infrastructure finance and policy.  Some practice project finance, some advise firms and governments on infrastructure issues as part of consulting companies.  Multilateral and bilateral development finance agencies like the World Bank, the European Investment Bank or the China Development Bank provide global careers in the subject area.  Yet others have joined global and national firms providing natural gas, electricity and transport services.

In response to growing demand SAIS has introduced a new option for students – a specialization in infrastructure finance and policy.  

What does it involve?  The requirements have been developed in consultation with infrastructure finance and policy experts.  They include the “bread and butter” technical skills as well as the conceptual courses that underpin the work of policymakers and investors.  Case-specific courses provide a feel for real life problems and how concepts may be applied.

You need to include four main courses from the specialization in your program as well as two professional skills courses and maintain at least a B+ average.  The courses are drawn from

Financial theory:

  • Corporate Finance/Financial Decision-Making or
  • Multinational Corporate Finance

Project Case courses:

  • Project Finance or
  • Infrastructure Finance and Modeling or
  • Developing Hard and Social Infrastructure through PPP

Infrastructure Economics (spring only)

  • Organization and Regulation of Infrastructure or
  • Competition in Network Industries  

One of nine Policy courses covering energy sectors and climate policy, service delivery approaches, for example, through PPPs and water policy

The core professional skills courses cover two areas – accounting and financial analysis/modeling.  

As a specialist in infrastructure finance and policy new career paths lie ahead of you at the intersection of public policy and private investment.