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The Institute of Governmental Finance


For registration, please contact:        Era Ibarra       

120 Holden Hall

Graduate Program in Public Administration

Department of Political Science Texas Tech University  Lubbock, TX 79409

Tel: 806.834-3729  

Fax: 806.742.0850  

e-mail: era.ibarra@ttu.edu

The Institute of Governmental Finance at Texas Tech University offers a unique week-long program in governmental budgeting, accounting, and finance for local and state government employees, as well as elected officials, who have very little or no background in these areas.


The program consists of a total of 36 contact hours of on-site instruction from known experts in each of the three areas: budgeting, accounting, and finance. In addition, the program includes a competency examination at the end of the coursework the participants can take at home at their own pace. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive an official Certificate in Public Finance from the Institute.

For more information please see the Program Brochure


Governmental Budgeting:     12 Contact Hours

Governmental Accounting:   12 Contact Hours

Governmental Finance:         12 Contact Hours

                                             + Competency Examination


Budgeting, accounting, and finance are often viewed as complex activities and, at times, mysterious by those who are not familiar with them, yet no organization, large or small, can function without some knowledge of these areas. Even those who do not deal with them on a regular basis have to know something about what goes into budget preparation, how to read a financial statement, and what measures to take to efficiently manage the financial resources of a government. The primary goal of this program is to provide the practioners in government with a set of knowledge and skills that will help them to better understand the essentials of governmental budgeting, accounting, and finance. At a minimum, it will help them learn:

  •   how to develop a simple revenue budget

  •  how to develop a simple expenditure budget

  •  how to develop a simple capital budget

  •  how to implement and analyze a government budget

  •  the language of governmental fund accounting

  •  basic governmental bookkeeping

  •  the relationship between budgeting and financial reporting

  •  to understand and use governmental financial statements

  •  what financial statements auditors are looking for during their annual visits

  •  the basic concepts of financing government

  •  how to design user fees and charges

  •  how to improve and streamline purchasing activities

  •  how basic internal controls can reduce and control risk

  •  how to maximize revenues

  •  the basics of inter-fund transfers


Program Administration/Faculty

Aman Khan, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Governmental Finance

  • Currently Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches public budgeting , financial management, and quantitative methods. The author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of numerous professional publications, he serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. He previously served as Director of the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Texas Tech University. Trained as an economist and planner, Dr. Khan received his Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Terry Patton, Ph.D., CP A, CGFM, Associate Director and Program Coordinator, Institute of Governmental Finance

  • Currently the Robert Madera Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he teaches governmental accounting and auditing courses. He is the author of numerous articles on governmental accounting; co-author of a leading governmental accounting textbook, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, 9th Edition (Pearson-Prentice Hall); and was coauthor of PPC’s Guide to Governmental Financial Reporting Model: Implementing GASB’s No. 34. Previously, Dr. Patton was the Research Manager at the Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB). In his eight years at the GASB, he was part of the project team on numerous GASB Standards, including major projects such as GASB Statement No. 34, Basic Financial Statements - Management’s Discussion and Analysis - for State and Local Governments.

Charles Cox, MB A, CGFO, Associate Director, Institute of Governmental Finance

  • Currently Director of Finance in Farmers Branch, Texas, and has over 23 years of government finance experience. He has been with the City of Farmer’s Branch for 16 years. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Cox also holds a Certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He played a key role in helping his City achieve finalist status for Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2001, Mr. Cox was given the Award of Excellence in Budgeting and Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for his City’s innovative tax dividend program. In 2007, Mr. Cox was recognized for his contributions to the government finance profession when he was chosen to receive the Texas GFOA Outstanding service Award. Active in GFOA national, he was its 2008 President. Mr. Cox was also a past president of the Texas GFOA.


The program will be offered three times a year at the major urban complexes of Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston-San Antonio through the University College for Outreach and Distance Education at Texas Tech University.


There is no prerequisite for admission to the program. Most participants are expected to complete all three tracks of the program (governmental budgeting, governmental accounting, and governmental finance) and take the competency test to receive the Certificate. However, a limited number of partial admissions will be available to those who wish to complete any two tracks upon approval by the institute director, but to be eligible for the Certificate they must take the competency examination. The coursework will be fairly thorough, but at a pace commensurate with the general background of the participants.


Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Participants, therefore, must apply for admission into the program in advance to secure a place. To apply, contact Era Ibarra at Tel: 806-742-0850 or Email: era.ibarra@ttu.edu

Other Business

Questions regarding the program in general should be directed to: 

Dr. Patton, Program Coordinator   

Tel: 940.397.4542

Fax: 940.397.4693

 e-mail: terry.patton@mwsu.edu