Graduate Certificate in Budget and Public Finance

The certificate in budgeting and public finance provides course work in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting and in the formulation and evaluation of public budgets, as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation in the process of formulating and implementing public budgets.

The courses in the certificate provide a background in budget policy and process, characteristics of public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting. This certificate is particularly suited for those who are, or envision becoming, budget analysts or financial management officers in public agencies at any level of government.

Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit. Regular graduate tuition and fees apply.

The Budget and Public Finance certificate program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, D.C. It is not available as a distance learning program.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program webpage for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 3 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.

Required
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
Electives
Three of the following:
PPPA 6048Financing State and Local Government
PPPA 6051Governmental Budgeting
PPPA 6052Tax PolicyAnalysis
or PPPA 6054 Issues in Federal Budgeting
PPPA 6053Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6055Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships