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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This mix of students provides both a lively education environment and significant networking opportunities both inside and outside class.
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.
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
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