Public Financial Management

Public Financial Management Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management

The Department of Public Policy offers a Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management (PFM). The Graduate Certificate is available to existing UConn students and working professionals.

The objective of the Graduate Certificate program in Public Financial Management is to prepare professionals for leadership positions in the finance and budget areas of public and nonprofit organizations.

The competencies we emphasize include: understanding the proper ways to track revenue and spending, using analytic tools to analyze and maintain excellent financial position, understanding the major financial issues facing public and nonprofit organizations, assessing and implementing appropriate financial systems, and acting efficiently, effectively, and ethically.

Public Financial Management Certificate

Sample Course Sequence

Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the Certificate. Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study.

PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy (required). 3 credits. This course focuses on the tools necessary to manage and evaluate public programs.

PP 5318 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 3 credits. This course focuses on the management of financial resources in public service organizations.

PP 5317 Capital Financing and Budgeting. 3 credits. This course is designed to familiarize students with capital budgeting techniques and the municipal bond market.

PP 5373 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations. 3 credits. Processes and techniques of public budgeting; the principles and roles of budgets in public service organizations; analytic tools, concepts, and principles of budget analysis and decision making.

PP 5326 Public Investment Analysis. 3 credits. This course focuses on how government and nonprofit managers can appropriately manage their organizations’ cash and investments.

Application Process

Admission to the program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate study. Applicants are evaluated based on their demonstrated aptitude for graduate study, experience, and academic achievement.

View our detailed application instructions for more information.

Payment Plan and Financing

Graduate students who are enrolled in a graduate certificate program (only) are not eligible to receive federal financial aid (Federal Stafford Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan funds). Students enrolled in these programs may wish to consider UConn’s payment plan, or Alternative (Private) Loan financing.


For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management please contact Dr. Eric Brunner, Professor and Director of the MPA and MPP Programs, at