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Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Financial Management

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.

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.


Certificate students will need to complete the following prerequisites:

  • Calculus for Business or Calculus I with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.
  • Microeconomics with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Elementary Financial Accounting with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Statistics with a grade of "C" or better.

Note: Graduate level courses may be used to satisfy the above prerequisites but they may not be counted toward completion of the Certificate.


Take all of the following (18 units):

  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    Prerequisites: PPA 518 or ECON 101 or ECON 300 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  • PPA 590T Selected Topics in PPA - Public Finance (3)
    Prerequisites: PPA 555.
  • PPA 560 Public Financial Management (3)
    Prerequisite: PPA 555.
  • PPA 567 Basic Governmental (Fund) Accounting (3)
    Prerequisite: PPA 555.
  • ACCT 610 Adv. Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
    Prerequisites: ACCT 500 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    Prerequisites: MBA standing required.

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.

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