USC Price School of Public Policy

Certificate in Public Financial Management

This graduate certificate program provides students with a foundation in public financial management. This program required 52 units of graduate course work (53 for pre-service students).

Core Courses (14 units)
PPD 500 — Intersectoral Leadership
PPD 501ab — Economics for Policy, Planning, and Development
PPD 540 — Public Administration and Society
PPD 546 — Professional Practice of Public Administration

Management Competencies (12 units)
PPD 541 — Public Financial Management and Budgeting
PPD 542 — Policy and Program Evaluation or
PPD 557 — Modeling and Operations Research or
PPD 666 — Administration Research and Analysis
PPD 545 — Human Behavior in Public Organizations

16 units from these courses:
PPD 516x — Financial Accounting in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PPD 554* — Foundations of Public Policy Analysis or
PPD 555 — Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
PPD 647 — Finance of the Public Sector
PPD 661 — Intergovernmental Management: Local Perspective or
PPD 662 — Intergovernmental Management: State Perspective or
PPD 669 — Federal Management Systems

10 units of approved electives from the following list:
PPD 510b — Economics for PPD
PPD 542 — Policy and Program Evaluation
PPD 652 — Financial Administration in Local Government
PPD 660 — Local Agency Debt and Cash Administration
PPD 661 — Intergovernmental Management: Local Perspective
PPD 662 — Intergovernmental Management: State Perspective
PPD 669 — Federal Management Systems
PPD 679 — Financial Administration in Developing Countries
PPD 688 — Business and Public Policy

Pre-service students must also serve an internship and be enrolled in PD 543.

Students may receive this certificate with a specialization in intergovernmental management provided they complete the three course sequence (PPD 661, PPD 662, PPD 669). Students may satisfy this requirement if they apply two of these courses toward the 10-unit elective requirement and apply the third course toward the 16-unit finance and related subjects requirement.

*Students who select PPD 554 (rather than PPD 555) must select an additional 2-unit elective.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Applicants for the Certificate in Public Financial Management who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA only need to submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the program administrator.

Applicants for the Certificate in Public Financial Management who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application for admission to the certificate program, provide transcripts of all college work, a resume and one letter of recommendation.

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at uscprice@usc.edu for more information.