Finance Specialization


The Financial Management and Public Finance specialization prepares you for a finance career in the nonprofit, public, or private sector.

To become an effective leader, you'll need to understand how finance works through a management and policy lens. That's why in this specialization you’ll study the field of finance from both an internal managerial perspective (financial management) and an external policy perspective (public finance). You’ll learn an array of analytical tools: economics, budgeting, accounting, capital financing, investment management, debt management, and financial statement analysis. When you graduate, you'll be ready to fill a wide range of roles—our graduates are budget analysts, consultants, finance directors, grants managers, program auditors, hospital administrators, bond raters, and more.


CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

Required Courses

Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2140, Public Economics and Finance
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics
PADM-GP.4130, Fundamentals of Accounting

Students must also complete 9 credits from the following subjects:

Public Finance

PADM-GP.2138, Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy
PADM-GP.2147, Corporate Finance and Public Policy
PADM-GP.2148, Introduction to Structured Finance: Strategies for Municipal, Health and Corporate Finance
PADM-GP.2203, International Economic Development: Governments, Markets, and Communities
PADM-GP.2245, Financing Local Government in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.2441, The Economics of Education: Policy and Finance
URPL-GP.2608, Urban Economics
HPAM-GP.4830, Health Economics: Principles
HPAM-GP.4831, Health Economics: Topics in Domestic Health Policy

Social Finance

PADM-GP.2311, Social Impact Investment
PADM-GP.2312, Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise

Financial Management (Nonprofit/Health)

PADM-GP.2142, Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2242, Financial Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.4128, Financial Statement Analysis for Healthcare and Not-for-Profit Organizations
PADM-GP.4139, Investment Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
HPAM-GP.4840, Financial Management for Health Care Orgs - I: Financial Management and Budgeting
HPAM-GP.4841, Financial Management for Health Care Orgs - II: Capital Financing and Advanced Issues

Financial Management (Government)

PADM-GP.2143, Government Budgeting
PADM-GP.2144, Debt Financing and Management for Public Organizations
PADM-GP.2146, Topics in Municipal Finance
URPL-GP.2639, Real Estate Finance
URPL-GP.2652, International Development Project Planning
PADM-GP.4121, Governmental Financial Condition Analysis
PADM-GP.4139, Investment Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations


Students choose electives from a wide array of Wagner courses.