Public Finance, Procurement, and Contract Management

Co-Chair: Dr. Shaoming Cheng, Department Chair
Co-Chair: Dr. Susannah Ali, MPA Director

The Certificate in Public Finance, Procurement and Contract Management is designed as a specialization for students interested in careers in budgeting, finance, purchasing, and contract management in the public and non-profit sectors.

The certificate program will expose students to competencies in areas like contract and project management, public finance and the budgetary process, procurement and ethics, and legal aspects of procurement and public finance.




  • Core Courses

    Required Courses (9 credits)

    • PAD 6209 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
    • PAD 6855 Introduction to Public Procurement
    • PAD 6856 Contract and Project Management


  • Elective Courses

    Elective Courses (6 credits)

    • PAD 5256 Economic Thinking in Policy Making
    • PAD 5460 Performance Management
    • PAD 6436 Professionalism and Ethics
    • PAD 6605 Administrative Law & Procedure
    • PAD 6710 IT and E-government
    • PAD 5934* Contemporary Issues in Public Administration
    • PAD 6946 Internship

    Students may take electives outside the Department. These electives must be selected from a list of approved electives or must be approved by the Certificate Co-Chairs.

    *Depending on the topic of the course and pending MPA Program approval, PAD 5934 (Contemporary Issues) may be counted as a certificate elective.

  • Eligibility

    In order for you to be officially considered for admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must be a degree-seeking student and complete the graduate certificate application and submit the $30 application fee to FIU's Office of Graduate Admissions.