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.

The curriculum also prepares students to receive the Certified Government Finance Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Also see the program description in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

This graduate certificate program requires 18 credit hours, with 12 credit hours devoted to required core courses. Two of the core courses are part of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and two new courses complete the certificate core requirements. Electives include five existing courses and two new courses. See the curriculum below.


Required Courses (12 credit hours)

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

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

  • 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 6254 Economics of Land Use Planning and Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6260 Fundamentals of Public Sector Accounting (3 credit hours)*
  • PAD 6234 Public Capital and Debt (3 credit hours)*

* New course

Application and Admission

Applications for this program are accepted each semester. They must include official undergraduate transcripts, a resume and a statement of interest. Apply online at

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or above (4.0 scale).

Learn More

To learn more, please contact Professor Jeremy Hall at