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Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
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Henrico, Virginia 23294
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Certificate Overview

The graduate certificate in Public and Non-profit Financial Management is designed to develop students' and professional financial managers’ understanding of the concepts and practice of financial management in the public and nonprofit sectors.  The certificate integrates financial management perspectives from the Federal, State, Local and Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations while synthesizing the concept of financial resiliency for organizations. 

As public service organizations continue to face financial difficulties, 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. The 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 are pre-career students seeking first jobs or working professionals looking to broaden their horizons and for opportunities for advancement. 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.


How to Apply:  Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Non-degree candidates may apply for admission to graduate study using the Virginia Tech Graduate School's online application system at Admissions. Interested students must submit an official copy of their college transcript documenting receipt of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the application process.

Degree and non-degree candidates must submit the Application for Graduate Certificate form to the Graduate School.

Course Requirements

All students must complete SPIA 5024 and at least three of the other four courses listed below for a total of 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.


  • SPIA 5024 Overview of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management

Three of the following:

  • SPIA 5654 Capital and Debt Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • SPIA 5674 Financial Health of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • SPIA 5544 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • SPIA 5654 Budgeting for Performance Management and Outcomes for Public and Nonprofit Organizations