Program Summary

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Tuition per Credit


Why a Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management at Penn State?

Penn State's online Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is designed to educate 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 issues in a public policy area of your choice

The 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management, delivered through Penn State World Campus, allows working professionals to complete the required course work in one year through the convenience of online courses.

Who Should Apply?

Penn State's Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is designed for administrators and professionals that seek to advance their knowledge and skills in budgeting and finance as they relate to government and not-for-profit organizations. If you are interested in developing your skills in these areas, this certificate program can help you start or advance your career.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

As a graduate with this certificate, you can find work or advance your career in government and not-for-profit occupations such as:

  • financial manager
  • budget analyst
  • fiscal policy analyst
  • consultant
  • controller
  • governmental accountant
  • administration/management
  • community accountant

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.