Public Budgeting and Finance Graduate Certificate

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :CRT
Department : School of Public Administration Option : N/A
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The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance is designed to meet the growing need in our governments to understand and apply varied and complex budgeting and financial practices. The program is primarily aimed at students who wish to specialize in budgeting and finance careers in the public sector. The certificate curriculum prepares students to pursue the Certified Government Finance Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.


The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance is comprised of 18 credit hours of graduate courses, including four required courses and two electives. This certificate prepares students for budgeting and financial careers in government.
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours 

  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6238 Revenue Policy and Administration (3 credit hours) 
  • PAD 6616 Economic Principles for Public Policy and Management (3 credit hours)

Electives—6 Credit Hours

Choose two courses from the following list. 

  • PAD 5356 Managing Community and Economic Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5855 Introduction to Public Procurement (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6234 Public Capital and Debt (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6254 Economics of Land Use Planning and Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6260 Fundamentals of Public Sector Accounting (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • An official transcript in a sealed envelop from each college/university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • A current, professional resume.
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursing graduate study in Public Budgeting and Finance, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Public Budgeting and Finance interest you?
    • Any previous work experience in the field.    
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

Public Budgeting and Finance Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jun 15Nov 1


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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.