The Graduate School

Public Financial Management (Graduate Certificate)

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management is designed for working professionals seeking to increase their public finance and financial management knowledge, which is a vital asset for leaders in both government and non-profit organizations. Public institutions are faced with multiple challenges as they attempt to efficiently and effectively manage their finances and initiate new programs that are financially sustainable. The Martin School is among the top graduate programs in the nation in public financial management, and is one of very few offering a Certificate of this kind

Entirely online, this 12-credit hour program offers the same high quality experience as traditional on-campus programs with instruction provided by faculty with backgrounds and expertise in relevant areas such as public budgeting, debt management, public sector accounting and auditing from both the Martin School and the Von Allmen School of Accountancy.

Coursework is designed to engage students weekly through assignments, readings, exams, and other activities with the same level of rigor of other programs offered by the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Students can expect a combination of self-study and student-faculty interaction over an online learning network in four sequential, 8-week modules over two semesters. Students accepted into the online program pay in-state tuition rate (per credit hour plus fees), offering in-state and out-of-state students an affordable option for a graduate certificate.



Certificate Curriculum


Rhonda Trautman

Director of Graduate Certificate

Director, Public Financial Management in the Martin School

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