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This is designed for working professionals and traditional students seeking to increase their public finance nd financial management knowledge, which are vital assets for leaders in both government and non-profit organizations.  The Martin School is among the top graduate programs in the nation for Public Financial Management; the certificate can be completed as a stand-alone program or as part of our Masters programs. 

Applications for the Public Financial Management Certificate are only accepted for fall or spring semesters.

Compare the MPFM and Graduate Certificate in PFM.


Each course lasts 8 weeks

Fall 1:

  1. PA 631 Public Financial Management
  2. PA 632 Public Funds Management

Spring 1:

  1. PA 625 Govt Accounting and Financial Condition Analysis
  2. PA 627 Governmental Auditing

Tuition and Student Visas

Certificate students pay the in-state tuition rate when enrolled in fully online courses; please note that admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa.  Per state laws, distance education courses and programs must be legally authorized in a state prior to offering courses or programs to students residing there.

Of special interest to Kentucky School District Finance Officers and personnel, the Kentucky Department of Education has approved the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management for training credits to be applied to mandatory continuing education requirements. The program's Training Code is FO-245. Applicants are encouraged to contact KDE directly for details. 

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Program Director

Rhonda Trautman

Rhonda Trautman Director of Online Programs

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