• The Center for Public Administration and Leadership

    Hamline’s Center for Public Administration and Leadership (CPAL) provides a rich variety of professional development opportunities that addresses the needs of—and challenges facing—public sector professionals.

    Choose from seminars, conferences, and certificate programs, all of which are designed to strengthen your knowledge and skills.

    Discounts and Scholarships

    Hamline partners with cities, counties, and organizations to offer employees Learning Partnership benefits:

    Certificate Programs

    Certificate programs start each fall and spring terms. With as many as ten certificate programs to choose from, you have a vast array of opportunities to learn valuable skills and expand your professional networks by delving into such areas as conflict resolution, corrections administration, economic development, and leadership communication.

    Professional Development Events

    Women in Public Service Conference

    November 3, 2017
    This popular annual event brings together key professionals in the field to examine the changing face of government and the way we do business in the public sector—particularly how we support women and the next generation of public servants.

    Women in Public Service Seminars

    March 17, 2017, and May 5, 2017
    Build upon your expertise and develop a compelling vision for yourself and those you serve with ongoing seminars that look more in depth at the issues and opportunities women who serve the common good encounter.

    Public Service Insights and Trends Seminars

    October 7, 2016, February 3, 2017, and April 7, 2017
    This quarterly seminar series brings the leading voices in public administration to public service professionals, offering in-depth exploration of timely and critical issues impacting our cities and counties. Participants will gain skills that they can take back and apply in their workplaces.


    April 21, 2017
    This annual event brings together professionals from business, government, and nonprofit organizations to address strengthening our communities through economic development and closing the income disparity gap.  Previous symposium themes have included social impact investing, community-based and asset-based solutions to poverty, and building blocks to community economic development.

  • CPAL Certificates

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    Download the Center for Public Administration and Leadership's 2016-17 Certificates.