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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 primary goal of this graduate certificate is to educate administrators and professionals in government and not-for-profit organizations who need to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the following areas: (1) fiscal and governmental aspects of budgeting and financial management; (2) development of organizational budgets; and (3) governmental and not-for-profit accounting. At the end of the program students will be able to: 

  • Explain the significance of key topics in government financial management (governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal controls and budgeting at the federal, state and local levels) as they relate to public sector organizations.
  • Describe how government financial management can contribute toward more efficient use of public resources, increased transparency and improved accountability.
  • Identify and describ e the role of key actors in the government financial management process.
  • Apply key financial management planning, management, and control tools to addressing resource contraints, and meeting transparency and accountability demands. 

To complete the program students need to successfully complete 9 credits. Specifically, students need to complete 3 different courses including PADM 502, PADM 522 and PADM 523. Successful completion of a course is defined as a grade of B- or better. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission ( Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin ( International applicants must satsify the English proficiency requirement (



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



Effective Date: Spring Semester 2017

Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2022

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017



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