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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Financial Management (code PPA_CT04)

This Certificate Program is designed for public managers and others interested in obtaining an understanding of governmental financial management concepts, functions, techniques, and issues. The program is designed to familiarize students with financial management problems and the techniques available for solving them. An emphasis is placed on how to recognize, evaluate, and utilize financial information in decision-making.

Those most interested in pursuing the Certificate would likely fall into one of three categories. First, current private sector finance professionals who wish to develop an understanding of financial management functions and practices within the public sector. Second, current public sector financial managers who wish to further develop expertise in public sector financial management. Finally, in-service public sector employees who wish to start a career in government finance and who may use the courses for the Certificate as a guide for their course work towards the Master of Public Administration degree.


  • Take all of the following (18 units):
    • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    • PPA 590T Selected Topics in PPA - State and Local Public Finance (3)
    • PPA 560 Public Financial Management (3)
    • PPA 567 Basic Governmental (Fund) Accounting (3)
    • ACCT 610 Adv Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
    • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Note: Appropriate substitutes for the required courses may be allowed subject to permission of the Public Finance Specialization Faculty Advisor. Also, ACCT 610 and IS 601 have substantial prerequisites. Prospective students should refer to the University Catalog for details.