Certificate Program in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

School of Public Affairs

The certificate program in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is offered by the Master of Public Administration program at Penn State Harrisburg, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Degree Conferred: Certificate only

Who Should Enroll

The certificate is designed for administrators and professionals in government and not-for-profit organizations who need to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • fiscal and governmental aspects of budgeting and financial management
  • development of organizational budgets
  • governmental and not-for-profit accounting

Participants earn a certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management from Penn State Harrisburg upon completion of the three required courses (9 credits). All courses must be taken for a letter grade with at least a 3.0 average maintained.

Admission Requirements

Individuals who have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and at least three years of managerial or administrative experience requiring significant work with budgets and other financial activities may enroll in this certificate program.
Participants will register for these courses as non-degree students and will receive the certificate upon successful completion of all three courses.

Prescribed Courses

Public Administration (P ADM)

  • 502. Governmental Fiscal Decision-Making (3)
  • 522. Government Financial Management (3)
  • 523. Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


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