• The Center for Public Administration & Leadership

    Hamline’s Center for Public Administration and Leadership (CPAL) is dedicated to the continuing education and professional development of public administrators.

    CPAL offers a wide variety of graduate level opportunities to improve public administration within the region.

    Certificate Programs

    Public Administration Certificate Programs
    Certificate programs provide in-depth training in subject matter areas key to the advancement of the public administration field. Certificate program course work spans several months with the opportunity to earn credit toward a Master in Public Administration degree.

    Networking and Professional Development Events

    Critical Conversations
    Breakfast networking sessions focused on critical issues affecting the role of government.

    Public Service Insights and Trends
    These seminars are more in-depth explorations of popular topics, designed to give public servants skills they can bring back to their workplace.

    3rd Annual Women in Public Service Conference
    Attend a full day of exciting sessions that will explore how we support and encourage women in public service.


    • To highlight and support the contribution of Hamline’s 700 Public Administration Masters level graduates working in the five state region.
    • To consolidate and expand the Graduate School’s professional and continuing education efforts supporting public service in Minnesota.
    • To provide networking opportunities for our graduates in and among all levels of local government in the State.
    • To provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of policy and administrative issues facing the local government community. 


    Kris Norman-Major, Director of the Center for Public Administration and Leadership

    Hamline's program is rooted in a practitioner philosophy.  The faculty teaching in this program have years of experience working in their respective fields and bring a combination of theory and experience to the classroom.


    Hamline University Minneapolis
    1600 Utica Ave, Ste. 700
    Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

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    Cynthia Johnson, Non-Degree Programs Coordinator
    Phone: 651-523-2962

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