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Quick Facts

  • 63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
  • 56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
  • 57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
  • 5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
  • 17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
  • 193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16

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School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395

Phone: 407-823-2604
Fax: 407-823-5651

Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance

Public Budgeting And Finance

The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance provides advanced graduate study for students seeking careers in budgeting and finance in the public sector. The increasing scope and complexity of budgeting and finance in local, state and federal government have heightened the already vital importance of these disciplines within the field of public administration.

The curriculum also prepares students to receive the Certified Government Finance Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Also see the program description in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

This graduate certificate program requires 18 credit hours, with 12 credit hours devoted to required core courses. Two of the core courses are part of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and two new courses complete the certificate core requirements. Electives include five existing courses and two new courses. See the curriculum below.


Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6616 Economic Principles for Public Policy and Management (3 credit hours)*
  • PAD 6238 Revenue Policy and Administration (3 credit hours)*

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

  • PAD 5356 Managing Community and Economic Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5855 Introduction to Public Procurement (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6254 Economics of Land Use Planning and Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6260 Fundamentals of Public Sector Accounting (3 credit hours)*
  • PAD 6234 Public Capital and Debt (3 credit hours)*

* New course

Application and Admission

Applications for this program are accepted each semester. They must include official undergraduate transcripts, a resume and a statement of interest. Apply online at

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or above (4.0 scale).

Learn More 

To learn more, please contact Professor Jeremy Hall at

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