Got Budgets? We Can Help

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Students in GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration attend classes focused on budget and public finance. Beginning in the Fall 2014, participants can earn a Graduate Certificate in Budget and Public Finance.
Announcing a Masters Certificate in Budget and Public Finance
June 19, 2014

Budgets – whether federal, state, local or personal – can be daunting. But at the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, budget and public finance is an area of program expertise. Students graduating with a Masters of Public Administration or a Masters of Public Policy may concentrate their field of study in budget and public finance.

During the Fall 2013 NASPAA Conference, Trachtenberg School full-time professors Stuart Kasdin and Bart Barnow and adjunct professors Marvin Phaup, Melissa Merrell and Steve Redburn presented a session, “Multidimensionality and the Teaching of Public Budgeting” to an audience of peers who complimented them on their efforts and encouraged them to make this curriculum available to a wider audience.

Toward that goal, the Trachtenberg School is pleased to announce that students can enroll in the school’s new Masters Certificate in Budget and Public Finance beginning with the Fall 2014 semester,

The certificate in budget and public finance provides course work in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting and in the formulation and evaluation of public budgets, as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation in the process of formulating and implementing public budgets.

The courses in the certificate provide a background in budget policy and process, characteristics of public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting. This certificate is particularly suited for those who are, or envision becoming, budget analysts or financial management officers in public agencies at any level of government.

Students in the program will complete four courses for 12 credits. Every student will complete Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis. This survey course focuses on the institutions and analytical tools associated with raising revenue and allocating/managing resources at all levels of government. Hands-on budgeting skills and communication of analysis to decision makers.

Additionally, students will select three courses from these options:

  • Financing State and Local Government
  • Governmental Budgeting
  • Financial Management in the Public Sector
  • Issues in Federal Budgeting or Tax Policy Analysis
  • Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships

Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit. Applicants to the Certificate Program do not need to submit a GRE score. Otherwise, applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Masters of Public Administration or Masters of Public Policy degree program.

The Budget and Public Finance Certificate program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, D.C.