• 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 many cities and counties to offer employees and their spouses, domestic partners, and children 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 18, 2016
    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.

    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.