Public Sector Financial Management | GFSP

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

The topic

The public sector is continually modernising its management methods. The emphasis is often put on efficacy or even profitability. The financial dimension is also becoming more important in administrative behaviour. In the past, the responsibilities and tasks surrounding finance (e.g. developing budgets, treasury services, funding) habitually concentrated among a small number of individuals, often associated with the same administrative body. Modern management techniques imply the decentralisation of these elements.

The range of professionals concerned with financial information and procedures has widened considerably. These persons must acquire new competencies in order to master the necessary procedures and develop the skills to interpret pertinent information. Fulfilling these twin requirements is the course’s ultimate objective.


  • Examine the financial management methods applicable to public authorities and organisations, with a specific focus on cantons and communes;
  • Acquire the capacities needed to put these methods into practice;
  • Illustrate the theoretical issues presented with the help of practical cases;
  • Provide the keys to understanding and interpreting financial information;
  • Highlight the limits to interpreting financial information and to the information itself.

Target audience

  • Any person called upon to use financial management techniques or who wishes to develop the necessary interpretative skills;
  • Political representatives and administrative managers;
  • Managers of parapublic or publicly subsidised organisations;
  • Students studying for the MAS in Public Administration (MPA).


  • French is the main teaching language for this program
  • More information available on the corresponding pages
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