Certificate in Government Budgeting

APU’s accounting minor teaches students the principles, theories, and concepts of the accounting profession and gives an overview of the economic, quantitative, and managerial aspects of business.

12 units

The Certificate in Government Budgeting is a post-bachelor’s program that equips working professionals who desire to deepen their expertise in financial management in nonprofit and government organizations. With the help of this program, students can become Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFMs), a respected credential that recognizes the specialized knowledge and experience needed to be an effective government financial manager. Students in this program grow as ethical leaders and financial managers, and have the opportunity to prepare for their CGFM certification, demonstrating competency in governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal controls, and budgeting at the federal, state, and local levels. 


FIN 502Business Finance for Managers3
ACCT 550Accounting for Nonprofit Entities3
ACCT 551Government Financial Management3
Select one of the following: 3
Accounting Ethics
Ethical Leadership
Ethical Leadership and Management
Total Units12

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Apply financial management principles and procedures to nonprofit and government organizations.
  2. Use analytic tools to analyze financial information, prepare and manage budgets, and ensure the financial accountability of public organizations.
  3. Examine the unique financial challenges and opportunities in public sector financial management.
  4. Develop personal ethical principles to guide financial decision-making.