Budget and Finance
To drive innovation and organizational success, managers and analysts must make smart financial decisions. Today's business leaders must have the financial acumen to develop, evaluate, and influence operating and capital budgets as well as analyze and articulate project and investment proposals to key decision-makers.
The Certificate in Budget and Finance program provides managers and analysts with the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management. Program participants will develop skills in accounting, operational and capital budgeting, and internal financial management. Taught by academics and experienced practitioners, participants will learn the fundamentals of finance, cost analysis, internal controls, and budgeting. Participants will be able to apply new cost management, budget analysis, and risk assessment skills in the workplace.
The program offers electives relevant to both private sector and government operating environments. Private or non-profit sector professionals should select electives related to corporate finance while federal employees should select courses relevant to government budgeting and appropriations. Contractors and consultants with both corporate and government clients may select a mix of electives.
Prospective students interested in corporate finance and financial markets may wish to consider the Certificate in Corporate Finance program.
By the end of the program, program participants will be able to:
- Interpret financial information
- Apply ratio and trend analysis to financial statements
- Assess the costs and benefits of business decisions
- Develop operational budgets and apply cost management techniques
- Apply risk and return considerations in capital budgeting
- Understand the federal budgeting process
- Communicate operational and financial strategies to non-financial stakeholders
- Professionals without a background in finance and accounting;
- Science and technology workers who seek senior management positions;
- Professionals who want to transition to financial management roles;
- Business school applicants who want an introduction to finance and accounting;
- Entrepreneurs who need a better understanding of finance;
- Professionals who want to refresh or update their finance and budgeting skills;
Career & Industry Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, from 2010 to 2020, demand for financial analysts (23%) and financial examiners (27%) is expected to grow significantly while demand for finance managers (9%) is expected to grow more slowly. Demand for management analysts (22%) is also expected to be strong over the next several years. Salary expectations are also anticipated to increase but vary depending on industry and location. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to research salary expectations at salary.com and glassdoor.com.
Students must successfully complete four (4) required courses and two (2) elective courses for a total of 10.80 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 108.0 contact hours to receive the Certificate in Budget & Finance from Georgetown University. Students must complete the program within a two-year time period.
This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portalprior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.
Program Format and Schedule
Courses meet Friday evenings and Saturdays. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening. Generally, all courses are offered each semester, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Refer to individual course pages below for schedules.
Program participants must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.
Tuition is $895.00 per course. Total program tuition, including all six courses, is $5,370.00. Participants pay per course and payment is due at the time of registration. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy .
The program also qualifies for VA Benefits for eligible students.
Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.
Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students underFrequently Asked Questions.
Budget and Finance Schedule
|International Finance||Fall 2013||November 15, 16, 22, 23||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Derivatives and Hedging||Fall 2013||December 6, 7, 13, 14||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Introduction to Budgeting||Spring 2014||January 10, 11, 24, 25||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Business Accounting||Spring 2014||January 29, February 1, 5, 8||Wednesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Corporate Finance||Spring 2014||February 14, 15, 21, 22||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Cost Management and Internal Controls||Spring 2014||February 28, March 1, 7, 8||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|International Finance||Spring 2014||March 14, 15, 21, 22||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Business Accounting||Spring 2014||March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30||Wednesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM||$895|
|Federal Budget Process||Spring 2014||March 28, 29, April 4, 5||Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||$895|
|Corporate Finance||Spring 2014||April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 1||Tuesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM||$895|
Minimum Required: 2.0 Courses
|XCPD-504 International Finance|
|XCPD-682 Federal Budget Process|
|XCPD-683 Government Procurement|
|XCPD-687 Derivatives & Hedging|
Minimum Required: 4.0 Courses
|XCPD-033 Business Accounting|
|XCPD-664 Introduction to Budgeting|
|XCPD-680 Cost Management and Internal Controls|
|XCPD-684 Corporate Finance|