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Graduate Degree Programs

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Odd Stalebrink
School of Public Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
Phone: 717-948-6319
Fax: 717-948-6320

The certificate program in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is offered by the graduate program in Public Administration at Penn State Harrisburg. The purpose of this certificate is to provide administrators and professionals in government and not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • fiscal and governmental aspects of budgeting and financial management
  • development of organizational budgets
  • governmental and not-for-profit accounting

Participants earn a certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management from Penn State Harrisburg upon successful completion of the three required courses (9 credits); all courses must be taken for a letter grade with at least a 3.0 average maintained, and no course with a grade of lower than C will count toward the certificate.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

An applicant must also have at least two years of managerial or administrative experience in a governmental or not-for-profit organization.

Participants will apply for the program by submitting a completed Graduate School certificate application and application fee.



  • 502. Governmental Fiscal Decision-Making (3)
  • 522. Government Financial Management (3)
  • 523. Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Date: Summer Session 2012
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2017

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-153

Review Date: 1/15/2013



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