Certificate in Public Finance

The Public Finance Certificate offers current and aspiring public leaders a practical education to help them be better prepared to use data and analysis to make informed financial decisions that will impact their organizations and communities. The curriculum covers the fundamental competencies of effective financial management designed to build a professional tool-kit in public finance. The four course, graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

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Course Information

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills: 

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate (at least one must be taken at Fels):

*Full-time MPA students may take GAFL 651 - Public Financial Management instead
**May replace GAFL 652 - Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations under special circumstances

  • At least three course units must be taken at Fels
  • Students with five or more years of professional experience or previous graduate coursework that duplicates the content of a core requirement may request a waiver of that requirement.  If the waiver is granted, the student replaces it with a Fels elective within the Certificate.
  • Students may only count a course to one Certificate
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of two MPA core courses toward a Certificate.

Disclosure Information Required by the U.S. Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC) 

11-3031 Financial Managers
13-1111 Management Analysts
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors
13-2031 Budget Analysts
55-0000 Military Specific Occupations

Program Costs

Tuition is charged on a per course basis. Rates and fees are viewable here.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Please see our Certificates Application Requirements and Deadlines page for more information.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829