Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance

The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance provides advanced graduate study for students seeking careers in budgeting and finance in the public sector. The increasing scope and complexity of budgeting and finance in local, state and federal government have heightened the already vital importance of these disciplines within the field of public administration.

Program Highlights
• 18 credit hours
• Face-to-face classes
• Prepares students to sit for the Certified Government Finance Officer certification (see Professional Credentialing below)

Program Director
Jeremy L. Hall
Professor
jeremy.hall@ucf.edu 

Curriculum
The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance requires 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including four core courses, listed below, and two electives. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be prepared to receive the Certified Government Finance Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

PAD 6207: Public Financial Management

This course covers financial management functions in local government, such as accounting, fund structures, debt and case management, and financial reporting.
Prerequisites: PAD 6227 and PAD 6700
Offered in fall and spring

PAD 6227: Public Budgeting

This course covers budgets as planning programming documents, stressing the relationships of policy and budgetary decisions, problems in grantsmanship and revenue decision making, program budgeting and incrementalism.
Offered in fall and spring

PAD 6616: Economic Principles for Public Policy and Measurement

This course covers the economic concepts, relationships, and methods of analysis that are relevant for public sector management decisions and policy analysis.
Offered in fall, spring and summer

PAD 6238: Revenue Policy and Administration

This course covers the political and economic aspects of tax administration, tax policy and fundamentals of tax legislations with emphasis on state and local government.
Offered in fall and spring

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of public budgeting interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Nov. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.

Professional Credentialing
While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. You are welcome to contact Jeremy L. Hall, Ph.D., the MPA program director, at 407-823-2604 with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.