Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate

The certificate program in Budgeting and Financial Management provides an opportunity for pre-career and in-career students to earn an 18-credit graduate certificate in the area of public and nonprofit budgeting and financial management. This concentrated area of study prepares students wishing to enter a nonprofit or public sector financial management position, or those seeking upward mobility in this career track.

Applicants for the Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate may take courses simply by completing the graduate application and selecting 20834Q, Public Administration - Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate, within the non-degree option.

Students completing the certificate should notify the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, who will verify that the certificate courses have been completed, and issue the certificate. Certificate courses completed with a grade of B or better may be used for the MPA degree, should a student elect to apply to the degree program. If a certificate student elects to matriculate into the MPA degree program, the admission application must be completed before the student may become matriculated.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Two academic, one professional)


Students seeking the Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate complete six (6) courses for a total of 18 credits.


  • 20:834:543 Public Financial Management (3)
  • 20:834:545 Capital Budgeting (3)
  • 20:834:568 Government Revenue Systems (3)
  • 20:834:524 Strategic Planning (3)
  • 20:834:541 Economic Issues in Public Administration (3)
  • 20:834:521 Technology and Public Administration (3)

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