Graduate Certificate in Public Finance


To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must meet the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.000 based upon the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any postbaccalaureate graduate work.

Applicants who have an earned degree from institutions in countries in which English is not the native language must meet one of the following before being admitted into the program: minimum 88 iBT or equivalent TOEFL score, overall 7.0 IELTS band score, or a 65 on the PTE-Academic.

Prerequisite coursework may be needed to complete courses in the certificate program. These prerequisite courses may be completed after being admitted to the certificate program.

Current graduate students of WSU should complete the Declaration of Intent to Pursue a Graduate Certificate form through the Graduate School website1. The admission review faculty may request any of the listed admission requirements before rendering an admission decision. The department requires current students to be in good standing prior to requesting entry to the certificate program.


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Program Requirements 

This graduate certificate program offers advanced study in public finance. The certificate enhances students’ career opportunities and provides public finance practitioners an avenue to improve their skills. To earn this graduate certificate, students must have a 3.000 GPA in the courses that make up the certificate. In addition, students must meet the Graduate School’s requirements in order to earn a certificate.

The four-course sequence includes:

Course Title Hours
PADM 865Public and Nonprofit Financial Management3
PADM 867State and Local Government Budgeting3
PADM 870Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
PADM 709Urban Economics3
or PADM 845 Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Total Credit Hours12

Successful completion of these certificate requirements is noted on the student’s university transcript, and a graduate certificate is awarded by Wichita State University.