Chief Financial Officer Program

The U.S. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Council, in conjunction with the DOD Comptroller, launched the CFO Academy in the summer of 2008 at the NDU iCollege. The CFO Academy offers graduate-level courses and services for middle- to senior- level personnel in the government financial management community to prepare them to create and lead 21st Century government organizations. All CFO Academy programs support and comply with DoD Comptroller’s Financial Management Competencies. 

The primary educational programs offered by the CFO Academy are the CFO Leadership certificate and the CFO 
concentration in the Government Information Leadership Master of Science degree program. The CFO Leadership program is noted for a strategic leadership curriculum that is dynamic and relevant to the evolving needs of the government financial management community, including personnel who work in accounting and finance, budget formulation and execution, cost analysis, auditing, and resource management. It focuses on current and future challenges and opportunities facing government financial professionals. The program highlights the changing role of CFOs as organizational leaders of 21st century government.

Graduates of the CFO Leadership certificate will be able to:
  • Lead within and across organizational boundaries by leveraging financial resources, information, technology, human resources, and for strategic advantage;
  •  Balance continuity and change in the development, implementation, and evaluation of financial management strategies, policies, and financial systems while meeting legislative and executive mandates; 
  • Lead at the enterprise level by linking critical decisions regarding resources, people, processes, and technologies to mission performance, information assurance, and financial systems security requirements;
  • Commit to lifelong learning and leadership development of self and others;
  • Synthesize theory and best practices from government, private sector, and not-for-profits to achieve the organization’s mission; and
  • Network with defense, federal, international, and private industry partners Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating command of the topic, logical organization, compelling argument, and excellence in English grammar and syntax.

CFO Certificate Requirements (6 Courses)

Strategic Finance Core (Required)
BCP (6606) - White House, Congress, and the Budget
CFF (6601) - Changing World of the CFOF
FFR (6607) - The Future of Federal Financial Information Sharing
RIA (6608) - Risk Management, Internal Controls, and Auditing for Leaders

Electives - Choose two from pool A - OR - one from pool A and one from pool B

Pool A
AII (6203) - Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection
ARC (6412) - Enterprise Architectures for Leaders
COO (6504) - Continuity of Operations
DMG (6323) - Decision Making for Government Leaders
IPL (6411) - Information Technology Program Leadership
ITP (6416) - Information Technology Project Management
MAC (6512) - Multi-Agency Information-Enabled Collaboration
OCL (6321) - Organizational Culture for Strategic Leaders 
PFM (6315) - Capital Planning and Portfolio Management
PRI (6333) - Strategies for Process Improvement
SPB (6328) - Strategic Performance and Budget Management
LDC (6301) - Leadership for the Information Age

Pool B
DMS (6414) - Data Management Strategies and Technologies: A Managerial Perspective 
SEC (6201) - Cyber Security for Information Leaders
WGV (6435) - Web-Enabled Government: Facilitating Collaboration and Transparency

Government Information Leadership M.S CFO Concentration (12 Courses)

Foundation (Required)
OCL (6321) - Organizational Culture for Strategic Leaders 
CYS (6326) - Cyberspace Strategies
CAP (6700) - Capstone

Strategic Finance Core (Required)
BCP (6606) - White House, Congress, and the Budget
CFF (6601) - Changing World of the CFOF
FFR (6607) - The Future of Federal Financial Information Sharing
RIA (6608) - Risk Management, Internal Controls, and Auditing for Leaders

Leadership - Choose Two
AII (6203) - Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection
ARC (6412) - Enterprise Architectures for Leaders
DMG (6323) - Decision Making for Government Leaders
IPL (6411) - Information Technology Program Leadership
LDC (6301) - Leadership for the Information Age
MAC (6512) - Multi-Agency Information-Enabled Collaboration

Management - Choose Two
COO (6504) - Continuity of Operations
ITP (6416) - Information Technology Project Management
PFM (6315) - Capital Planning and Portfolio Management
PRI (6333) - Strategies for Process Improvement
SPB (6328) - Strategic Performance and Budget Management

Technology - Choose One
DMS (6414) - Data Management Strategies and Technologies: A Managerial Perspective 
SEC (6201) - Cyber Security for Information Leaders
WGV (6435) - Web-Enabled Government: Facilitating Collaboration and Transparency

CFO Program Flyer
 (PDF)