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Graduate Certificate in Fiscal Management

The graduate certificate in fiscal management is designed for public managers and others interested in obtaining an understanding of governmental financial management concepts, functions, techniques, and issues. The program is designed to familiarize students with financial management problems and the techniques available for solving them. An emphasis is placed on how to recognize, evaluate, and utilize financial information in decision-making.

Students interested in earning a graduate certificate in municipal governance will learn, refine and share skills for working across sectors, under the guidance of a mentor. Whether seasoned or new to public service leadership, students will explore relevant concerns within their community and consider best practices in communication, collaboration, and program development models critical to effective problem solving in their community, whether rural or urban.

Each certificate is comprised of two 11-week courses, totaling 12 graduate-level credits, and are completed entirely online. Upon successful completion of a certificate program, students wishing to enter into our Master of Public Administration program will be able to use the certificate courses toward the completion of their master’s degree.

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Next Session Start Dates: 

June 2, 2024

August 26, 2024

November 18, 2024

Fiscal Management Curriculum

Certified Government Financial Manager Studies | AD558 | 6 credit hours
This course explores the legal and regulatory foundation of financial reporting and accountability for public organizations. Topics include development of transactions, enactment of appropriations, and incurrence of obligations or encumbrances. Other topics include financial reporting, analysis of governmental financial performance, costing of government services, and auditing governmental organizations. Students will be provided with the current study guides published by the Association of Government Accountants' Certified Government Financial Manager, designed specifically to prepare professionals and students for the CGFM certification examination.

Public Organization Financial Management | AD559 | 6 credit hours
This course introduces students to four major areas of financial concern: preparation of budgets, creating management strategies for the organization based on the principles of strategic financial management, obtaining financial resources by issuing bonds and levying taxes, and managing cash and employee retirement funds. Students will also examine contemporary perspectives on professional ethics and ethical behavior of leaders in the public sector, particularly in regard to their fiduciary responsibility in investing and managing public funds.

To view additional program details, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.


Tuition at a Glance
Credit Hours: 12
Cost Per Credit Hour: $698
Additional fees & discounts may apply.