Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management

The UConn Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management prepares professionals for leadership positions in the finance and budget areas of public and nonprofit organizations.


Our program emphasizes the following competencies:

  • Understanding the proper ways to track revenue and spending
  • Using analytic tools to analyze and maintain an excellent financial position
  • Understanding the major financial issues facing public and nonprofit organizations
  • Assessing and implementing appropriate financial systems
  • Acting efficiently, effectively, and ethically

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Program Details

Curriculum and Courses

Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study. Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the certificate.

  • PP 5317. Capital Financing and Budgeting (3 credits) This course is designed to familiarize students with capital budgeting techniques and the municipal bond market.
  • PP 5318. Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits) This course focuses on the management of financial resources in public service organizations.
  • PP 5326. Public Investment Analysis (3 credits) This course focuses on how government and nonprofit managers can appropriately manage their organizations’ cash and investments.
  • PP 5364. Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits) This course covers the techniques, practices, and organization of the financial functions in governmental administration.
  • PP 5373. Budgeting in Public Service Organizations (3 credits) Processes and techniques of public budgeting; the principles and roles of budgets in public service organizations; analytic tools, concepts, and principles of budget analysis and decision making.

To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

Application Process

Admission to the program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate study. Applicants are evaluated based on their demonstrated aptitude for graduate study, experience, and academic achievement. Learn more about our admissions process. 

Cost and Financing

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For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management, please submit our online Information Request Form and a member of our team will contact you.