Graduate Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Financial Management

Graduate Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Financial Management 2016-12-08T06:21:33+00:00

The Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), in the School of Public and International Affairs, offers the graduate certificate in Public and Non-profit Financial Management. This certificate program is designed to develop students’ understanding of the concepts and practice of financial management in government, university, and complex non-profit organizations.

As organizations in the public service continue to face financial difficulty, financial mastery can no longer simply be the sole purview of accountants and other specially trained individuals. In the new public service landscape, financial competency is a must for all employees, and financial mastery is increasingly a pre-requisite for high level positions in public service organizations. Available throughout the commonwealth through virtual classroom technology, the Public and Non-Profit Financial Management certificate is designed for full-time students as well as part-time and working professional students. This shared format allows for a productive mix of viewpoints and experience levels, which enhances learning for all students. Students earning this certificate are prepared for a public service labor market that will demand financial literacy, whether they’re a pre-career student seeking their first job or a working professional looking to broaden their horizons and seeking opportunities for advancement.

The certificate program consists of five 3-credit hour courses, of which students must complete four (4), for a total of twelve (12) hours of graduate coursework. Students are required to complete four courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better in order to earn the certificate. Students are exposed to a full spectrum of financial management issues through both theoretical instruction and case studies. Classroom discussion and both group and individual assignments simulate real work scenarios and prepare students for real life application. [Again, concern about continuing availability: All courses are taught by experienced, highly qualified Virginia practitioners via two-way video telecasts to Virginia Tech broadcast centers, allowing the class to be taught around the state simultaneously giving more students the opportunity to participate in the program. The Virginia Tech broadcast centers are located in key parts of the Commonwealth including Abingdon, Alexandria, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Danville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach.]

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Current students include both in-career professionals and pre-career students enrolled in the Center for Public Administration and Policy MPA degree program.
This mix of students provides both a lively education environment and significant networking opportunities both inside and outside class.
Non-degree candidates may apply for admission to the certificate program using the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s online application system found under “Admissions” at

Interested students must submit an official copy of their college transcript or diploma documenting receipt of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average mailed to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the application process. Please contact us for specific instructions on applying online.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Fall: August 1st
Spring: January 1st
Summer: May 1st

Students who complete the graduate certificate are encouraged to continue their studies on their own in a master’s program at Virginia Tech. The credits earned as part of this certificate may be applied to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. CPAP offers the MPA Program in Blacksburg, Alexandria, and Richmond, Virginia. Students who successfully complete all four courses in the Certificate program with a B average or better are not required to submit entrance test scores such as the GRE when applying for degree status to CPAP.

The University Bursar is responsible for all tuition, fees, and student accounts. Their website contains extensive details on topics such as tuition and fees, deadlines, payment instructions, refunds, penalties, tax information, and more.

Tuition is applied at the time a student if officially registered in a course. Regardless of attendance or performance, students are responsible for tuition payment unless a formal request is made to be withdrawn and proper paperwork is submitted and approved. Tuition refunds follow a sliding scale.

Payment – Application fees (non-refundable) must be made before applications are processed. Graduate students may pay online by credit card or check. Students in courses awarding university credit will receive a bill via e-mail from the University Bursar for tuition and fees. Payments can be made by check, by money order, or online by credit card.

Virginia Residency – To qualify for Virginia Resident rates, students must meet a set of residency requirements and provide relevant documentation. All others pay non-Virginia resident tuition.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Stephanie Dean Davis
Phone: 804-980-5549

Students are required to complete four out of the following five courses:

PAPA/UAP 5674 Financial Health of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Sustainability)
PAPA/UAP 5544 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (Accounting)
PAPA 5694 Public and Non-Profit Asset Management
PAPA 5024 Intro to Public and Non-Profit Financial Management
PAPA 6314 Public Budgeting Processes and their Policy Implications

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Courses are broadcast to the Virginia Tech Commonwealth Campus Centers in Abingdon, Alexandria, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Danville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. Students at remote sites participate via two-way videoconferencing. This approach allows the class to be taught around the state simultaneously giving more students the opportunity to participate in the program.

Abingdon, VA
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
P.O. Box 1987 – One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210
Classroom: Room 143

Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
104 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Classroom: varies

Danville, VA
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave
Danville, VA 24540

Falls Church, VA
Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Classroom: 103

Richmond, VA
Virginia Tech Richmond Center
2810 Parham Road, Suitye 300
Richmond, VA 23294
Classroom: 309

Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
1444 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S.A 23455
Classroom: 201

Alexandria, VA
Virginia Tech: SPIA Alexandria Campus
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville City Hall, City Hall Annex
Neighborhood Development Services
Room 405
603 East Market St (605 East Market St – Main Entrance)
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fairfax, VA
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center
Fairfax, VA 22035

Lynchburg, VA
Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Roanoke, VA
Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
Roanoke Higher Education Center – Suite 701
108 North Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
Classroom: 710