The Graduate School

Public Financial Management

Masters or Graduate Certificate

#4

ranking in U.S. News and World Report

for Budgeting and Public Finance

$82K

average salary for graduates with similar degrees

according to Burning Glass

59K

job postings last year

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Program Summary

SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/16/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
SPRING 2022
Application Dates: 12/6/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
COST AND CREDITS - GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Credits required: 12
Cost per credit: $736.50
COST AND CREDITS - MASTERS
Credits required: 36
Cost per credit: $736.50

Rhonda Trautman

Program Director

Director, Public Financial Management in the Martin School

The Graduate School

413 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

859.​257.5594

  • GC
  • MPFM
Earn a Master or Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management and acquire the skills that employers seek. Students completing the graduate program are employed as budget officers in federal, state, local government agencies, university accounting or grants offices; managers in public or nonprofit organizations; school finance officers; city managers; elected officials; and public sector account managers. The Master or Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management is designed to meet the current and expanding national demand for well-trained financial managers for public and non-profit organizations.

Program Summary

SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/16/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
SPRING 2022
Application Dates: 12/6/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
COST AND CREDITS - GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Credits required: 12
Cost per credit: $736.50
COST AND CREDITS - MASTERS
Credits required: 36
Cost per credit: $736.50

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Designed for working professionals this rigorous, online program offers the same high quality experience as on-campus programs at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. As an online student, you will have access to the same nationally and internationally known faculty as on-campus students. Courses are taught in sequential, 8- and 4-week modules that allow you to actively participate as you balance work-life demands. As a student in our program, you will:

  • Work with faculty that have expertise in relevant areas such as public budgeting, debt management, public sector accounting, and auditing.
  • Develop practical knowledge of public finance, governmental accounting, and financial management.
  • Prepare to efficiently manage the finances of public and nonprofit institutions and develop new, financially sustainable programs for those organizations.


Application Requirements

Master of Public Financial Management
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or more.
  • Undergraduate transcripts, resume, personal statement and two letters of recommendation.
  • Additional details on tuition, prerequisites, and curriculum can be viewed here.

Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.
  • Experience or education in accounting is encouraged but not required.
  • Undergraduate transcripts, resume, and personal statement.
  • Additional details on tuition, prerequisites, and curriculum can be viewed here.

NOTE: Courses completed as part of the Graduate Certificate (12 credit hours) can later be applied to the Master’s degree (36 credit hours). 

"As a student in the Master of Public Financial Management (MPFM) program, I was exposed to instruction, strategies, and experts that directly impact my day-to-day professional life. The content is directly applicable to my job responsibilities. The experience and knowledge I have acquired, the interactions with its faculty, and the discussions with fellow students have been a positive experience. I cannot recommend this program highly enough".

A.J. Wells

Imagine Your Future

Budget Analysts

Budget analysts help public and private organizations plan their finances.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$78,970

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

55,400

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

1,900

new jobs (average)


Imagine Your Future

Financial Managers

Financial managers create financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$134,180

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

697,900

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

108,100

new jobs (average)


Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


Contact

Rhonda Trautman

Program Director

Director, Public Financial Management in the Martin School

The Graduate School

413 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

859.​257.5594

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.