Financial Management & Public Finance

This graduate-level certificate program is designed for students with, or aspiring towards, a career in finance in the nonprofit or public sectors.

The curriculum exposes students to a broad array of analytical tools, including economics, budgeting, accounting, capital financing, investment management, debt management, and financial statement analysis.

Students must complete 12 credits to obtain this Certificate (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted).


Required Courses:

Students must complete or waive the following course:

CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations


Students must choose electives for the certificate from the following list. Up to three credits from Wagner elective courses from another area of specialization may be substituted.

PADM-GP 2140 Public Economics

PADM-GP 2143 Government Budgeting

PADM-GP 2144 Debt Financing and Management for Public Organizations


Students must waive the following courses if they are prerequisites to any of the above elective courses a student wishes to take toward the certificate. If students are unable to waive the course(s), the course(s) would need to be completed in addition to the certificate.

CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis 

CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

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