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Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate

The three-course (nine-credit) graduate Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate program offered by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark provides an opportunity for pre-career and in-career students to conduct graduate studies in the area of public budgeting and financial management. This concentrated area of study prepares students wishing to enter a public sector financial management position or those seeking upward mobility in this career track.

Students seeking the Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate complete three (3) courses for a total of nine (9) credits from the following SPAA graduate courses:

  • Government Budgeting (3)*
  • Government Revenue Theory and Administration (3)
  • Public Finance and Public Policy (3)
  • Public Financial Management (3)
  • Healthcare Finance (3)
  • Special Topics in Budgeting (3)

For SPAA course descriptions see Courses.
For course schedules, see Rutgers University Schedule of Classes.

*For students in the MPA program pursuing the Public Management track, Government Budgeting cannot be used toward the certificate.  

After receiving the certificate, non-degree students can count certificate courses toward the completion of the MPA program. 

To Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:
Contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean for student and academic services (, for instructions, registration guidance, and questions on alternative applied courses.

For non-degree seeking students students:
For application information and requirements see Apply Now.

Program Costs

The cost to complete the certificate is based on the cost per credit found on the latest tuition and fee schedule. For information on rates and program fees see Tuition & Fees.

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info Session. If you have questions about a certificate program or the application process, as a current student or as a non-degree seeking student, contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, at