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Certificate in Government Financial Management

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The Graduate Certificate in Government Financial Management is designed primarily for individuals who are interested in careers in government financial reporting, government auditing, and government contracting and budgeting. It is target for people interested preparing for the Certified Government Financial Manager and Certified Defense Financial Manager examinations.

Students who wants to strengthen their understanding of accounting or individuals seeking to fulfill some of the accounting requirements to sit for the CPA examination, but not wishing to earn a graduate business degree. The certificate courses may satisfy six elective credits in the MBA program or twelve of the prerequisite credits in the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program.

Everything you need to know about the Government Financial Management.

  • Certificate Requirements

    To receive a Certificate in Government Financial Management, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  

    The certificate requires ACCT 505: Introduction to Accounting (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite for each course in the certificate program and the completion of the following courses:

    Required Courses (6 credits)
    ACCT 702 | Federal and State Government Accounting (3)
    PUAD 622 | Public Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (3)

    Elective Course (6 credits)
    Choose two of the following:
    ACCT 512 | Auditing; prerequisite: ACCT 511 or equivalent
    ACCT 740 |Advanced Topics in Assurance Services; prerequisite: ACCT 512 or equivalent (only ACCT 512 or ACCT 740 can be taken, but not both)

    ACCT 605 | Performance Management and Accounting Controls; prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent
    ACCT 720 | Design of Management Cost and Control Systems; prerequisite: ACCT 306, ACCT 605 or equivalent (only ACCT 605 or ACCT 720 can be taken, but not both)

    FIN 605/625 | Financial Management; prerequisite: FIN 505 / Corporate Finance; prerequisite: FIN 605

    FIN 715 | Investment Analysis; prerequisite: FIN 605

    Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog

  • Admission Requirements

    The following is required for Admission into the Certificate Program:

    • Application: Complete your application. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (410.837.6565).
    • Personal Statement: Detail your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate program will help you achieve them. Provide any additional information highlighting unique aspects of your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. Please limit statement to one page of text.
    • Transcripts: Submit two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants to the graduate business certificate programs are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation addressing your abilities to successfully complete a graduate business program.
    • Resume: Provide a current resume detailing employment history (including dates, titles, responsibilities, and community activities.
    • GMAT: The GMAT is not required for applicants to the graduate business certificate programs.
  • Gainful Employment Information

    U.S. Department of Education "gainful employment information" is pending for this certificate. Documentation will be filed once the Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved this post baccalaureate certificate. This information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.

    At this time you will not be eligible for financial aid until we get the approval. Students starting in the Spring 2018 in the certificate will not be eligible for any of the federal programs.  If you require loans to finance tuition, those loans will have to come from private sources. We will have updates as soon as possible.


Important Dates:
Your application will be accepted on a rolling basis but you can use these dates as a guide.

  • Fall: Aug. 15
  • Spring: Jan. 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission will be offered depending on availability of space, strength of your credentials and sufficiency of time for processing.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor at 410.837.4777 or