2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Public Budgeting and Finance Graduate Certificate

College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Public Administration
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/public-administration/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance is designed to meet the growing need in our governments to understand and apply varied and complex budgeting and financial practices. The program is primarily aimed at students who wish to specialize in budgeting and finance careers in the public sector. The certificate curriculum prepares students to pursue the Certified Government Finance Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association. 

This program has potential ties to state-regulated professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Public-Budgeting-and-Finance-GC-June2020.pdf.


The Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Finance is comprised of 18 credit hours of graduate courses, including four required courses and two electives. This certificate prepares students for budgeting and financial careers in government.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course. Grades ‘C’ or lower cannot be used to fulfill certificate requirements. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • A current, professional resume.
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursing graduate study in Public Budgeting and Finance, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Public Budgeting and Finance interest you?
    • Any previous work experience in the field.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

Public Budgeting and Finance Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Nov 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Public Administration and Public Policy Programs
Telephone: 407-823-3925

Edlira Dursun, MPA, MNM
Graduate Adviser, MPA, MPP Programs
Telephone: 407-823-1139

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233