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Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez,

Sound fiscal management at all levels of government is essential for meeting the demands of an increasingly expensive and complex service-delivery need. The purpose of this graduate certificate is to provide students interested in public sector affairs and local government officials (budgeters, planners, finance analysts, and elected officials) with the skills needed to effectively support local government financial decision-making. Participants should expect to attain a comprehensive understanding of public budgeting and financial management practices including knowledge of the various government revenue sources, major expenditures, and borrowing mechanisms used to finance operating and long-life capital assets.

The program is open to both degree and non-degree seeking students. See the admission requirements page for details.

The certificate requires completion of 15 hours of graduate-level coursework and it can be completed online. All required and four out of seven elective courses are offered online.

Required CoursesOnline/On Campus
PAPP 5326 Public Budgeting Both
PAPP 5332 Public Capital Budgeting and Planning Both
PAPP 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors Both
Elective Courses - Select two of:Online/On Campus
PAPP 5312 Urban Economic Policy Both
PAPP 5324 Urban Public Finance  On campus only
PAPP 5345 Evaluation Research


PAPP 5306 The Urban Economy 

On campus only

PAPP 5302 Fundamentals of Urban Research and Analysis Both
PAPP 5310 Urban Policy and the Law Both
PAPP 5321 Urban Management On campus only