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Masters (MPFM) in Public Financial Management

Achieve impact as a financial manager for public and nonprofit organizations. This online program will equip you with skills in public finance, governmental accounting, and financial management to manage organizations.

This program can be completed in two years of continuous enrollment (fall-spring-summer).

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Spring 2025

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 36
Cost Per Credit: $775.00


Fully Online

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All online MPFM prospective students that submit their applications for admission in SLATE by May 31st, 2024 will be considered for a small scholarship towards their tuition. The scholarships will be announced the first week of June.

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Masters in Public Financial Management overview

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What You'll Learn


Courses are taught in sequential, 8- and 4-week modules that allow you to actively participate as you balance work-life demands. As a student in our program, you will:

  • Work with faculty that have expertise in relevant areas such as public budgeting, debt management, public sector accounting, and auditing.
  • Develop practical knowledge of public finance, governmental accounting, and financial management.
  • Prepare to efficiently manage the finances of public and nonprofit institutions and develop new, financially sustainable programs for those organizations.

Course Examples

  • PA 631 Public Financial Management
  • PA 632 Public Funds Management
  • PA 625 Govt Accounting & Financial Condition Analysis
  • PA 627 Governmental Auditing
  • PA 696 Legal Issues in PFM
  • PA 626 Applications in Govt Accounting & Auditing
  • PA 633 Municipal Securities
  • PA 695 Data and Revenue Forecasting
  • PA 685 Tax Administration
  • PA 697 Public Financial Policy Analysis
  • PA 694 Public Pensions and Insurance
  • PA 681 Capstone Project
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement - Indicate your public service background and why you want to obtain an MPFM
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation 

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

*Summer semester start date in only available to students who have completed the Public Financial Management graduate certificate at UK.

Program Contact

Dr. Rhonda Trautman
Program Director


Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Spring 2025

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Start Date:

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

UK degree

Degrees are conferred by the University of Kentucky, an accredited university.

Grad tuition cap

Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.


Graduating from the Martin School's MPFM program was transformative. Beyond leveraging my UK employee benefits, the program ignited a profound passion for public financial management thanks to the exceptional instructors and well-structured courses. Its online asynchronous format perfectly complemented my professional life, equipping me with invaluable knowledge for my present role and future endeavors.
Lauren Hogsed
UK College of Design Assistant Dean of Finance and Martin School Alumna
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