Public Financial Management in the 21st Century
We have added two new program offerings, both of which are entirely online: the Master of Public Financial Management (MPFM) and the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management. These new programs are a joint effort of the Martin School and the Von Allmen School of Accountancy. The programs emphasize public financial management and public sector accounting along with other unique courses, making it unlike any other program.
As a premier institution in the fields of public financial management and budgeting, we identified an unmet need that the Martin School could uniquely address in providing mid-career professionals with expertise in those areas. By offering all the courses online, the programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, leveraging technology to provide graduate education opportunities at an affordable price.
The Graduate Certificate is comprised of 12 hours of online coursework offered by both Martin School and Accounting faculty. Each class is typically 8 weeks long with students taking one class at a time. Inclusive of all the courses in the certificate program (and then some!), the MPFM is a 2-year 36-credit hour program covering the topics of financial management, funds management, public sector accounting/auditing, public pensions and insurance, data and revenue forecasting, and so much more. Our MPA and MPP students may recognize some of the core material, and, of course, the Capstone Project, which is also required for the MPFM.
"Our goal is to meet the needs of non-traditional students who are balancing work, family, and other activities. By offering these new programs 100% online, we are providing an affordable, flexible, and challenging opportunity for individuals from across the country and beyond who are interested in seeking graduate education in public financial management, while receiving the same high quality education experience as our on-campus students." - Dr. Rhonda Riherd Trautman, Program Director
"The Masters of Public Financial Management program at the Martin School has more than exceeded my previous graduate studies experiences. The faculty have demonstrated a thorough expertise of the material and a genuine passion for instructing. The coursework, discussions, and texts have been personally challenging and professionally fulfilling. I have found the topics covered to be completely applicable to my current position in public finance and can envision how this new knowledge will directly benefit my current organization as well as any future organization I am a part of." - Andrew Wells, current student