Certified Public Manager Certificate

Center for Public Administration and Leadership

Develop immediately applicable management capabilities with our program designed specifically for federal, state, and local government and nonprofit sector managers and supervisors. Experience a one-of-a-kind program that will improve both your individual and organizational performance and develop you into the leader the public sector needs.

  • Gain insight into your leadership skills, including reflection on emotional intelligence, ethics, and change leadership, and strengthen these skills through this academically grounded program
  • Work in a cohort and learn from the experiences of others as you consider the practical application of leadership and change management skills through a capstone project
  • Earn a national trademark designation of CPM (Certified Public Manager) and have the opportunity to become a member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.

CPM Certificate program overview

Are courses available online or on campus? Courses meet primarily online with a two- or three-day on-campus residency at the beginning and end of each course. For specific dates and times, please see the schedule below.
When can I start?

The CPM program starts at the end of August (fall term). Applications are now being accepted. Apply today!

How long will it take? One year
Can I earn credit?

If you have a bachelor’s degree:
You will earn 12 graduate credits to apply toward Hamline's Master of Public Administration, which satisfies three of the ten courses for the MPA degree.

How much will it cost? $4,000 (payable in three installments over three semesters).


How to apply

Application requirements

  • Minimum of three years of experience
  • Resume
  • A personal statement (500 words or less) answering the following:
    • How does the Certified Public Manager program fit into your professional goals?
    • Do you have the support of your workplace, and can you guarantee full participation in the program for the year?

Application directions

Apply for the Certified Public Manager program with a few easy steps:  

  1. Create an application account
  2. Choose the graduate application
  3. Select the certificate option 

Create an account


National Certified Public Manager Consortium