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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (CODE 1-9030)

This Certificate Program is designed for public managers and others interested in obtaining an understanding of governmental financial management concepts, functions, techniques, and issues. The program is designed to familiarize students with financial management problems and the techniques available for solving them. An emphasis is placed on how to recognize, evaluate, and utilize financial information in decision-making.

Those most interested in pursuing the Certificate would likely fall into one of three categories. First, current private sector finance professionals who wish to develop an understanding of the financial management function and practices within the public sector. Second, current public sector financial managers who wish to further develop expertise in public sector financial management. Finally, in-service public sector employees who wish to start a career in government finance and who may use the courses for the Certificate as a guide for their course work towards the Master of Public Administration degree.

Required Courses for Certificate (18 units)

PPA 555 - Government Budgeting
PPA590T- State and Local Public Finance
PPA 560 - Financial Management for Public and Non-Profit Organizations
PPA 567 - Governmental Accounting
ACCT 610 - Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control
IS 601 - Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision-Making

Note:

Appropriate substitutes for the required courses may be allowed subject to permission of the Public Finance Specialization Faculty Advisor. Also, ACCT 610 and IS 601 have substantial prerequisites. Prospective students should refer to the University Catalog for details.

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1- Fall
PPA 500 - Foundations of Public Policy and Administration
PPA 555 - Government Budgeting

Year 1 - Spring
PPA 660 - Organization Theory
PPA 696 - Research Methods

Year 2 - Fall
PPA 567 - Governmental Accounting
PPA 670 - Policy Analysis

Year 2 - Spring
PPA 577 - Human Resource Management
IS 601 - Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision-Making
(Prerequisite: MATH 114 - Finite Mathematics or equivalent)

Year 3 - Fall
PPA 560 - Financial Management for Public and Non-Profit Organizations
PPA 697 - Directed Research

Year 3 - Spring
PPA 590 T - State and Local Public Finance|
ACCT 610 - Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control
(Prerequisite: ACCT 500 - Financial and Managerial Accounting or equivalent)

Notes:

  1. Students will not be permitted to register for graduate courses in the College of Business Administration unless a letter of support from the PPA Graduate Advisor is presented to the College MBA Evaluator. The letter from the PPA Graduate Advisor will not be released until the student has received a letter of support from the PPA Public Finance Specialization Advisor. The letter of support will be provided from the PPA Public Finance Specialization Advisor upon an advising consultation, review of transcripts and academic standing, and Advancement to Candidacy.
  2. Prerequisites for the graduate College of Business Administration must have been completed within the past ten years with a letter grade of C or better.
  3. One undergraduate course in financial accounting and one in managerial accounting are equivalent to ACCT 500.