CPM Certified Public Manager Program


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Become a public sector leader

Develop management capabilities that are immediately applicable 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 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

*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.

National Certified Public Manager Consortium


What will it take?

Time to Complete
Next Session Starts
August 26, 2024

Certified Public Manager program details

Important Dates
Format and Schedule
Application Requirements

Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply anytime. You can start the Certified Public Manager program once per year in the fall term. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term begins to ensure your spot.

Fall 2024 term starts

Certified Public Manager program format and schedule

Courses meet primarily online with a two- or three-day on-campus residency at the beginning and end of each course.

2024–2025 Cohort Schedule: Courses begin Monday, August 26, 2024

Unit I: Leading People and Developing Self

  • August to November 2024
  • Residency: Monday, August 26 through Wednesday, August 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unit II: Managing Work

  • November 2024 to February 2025
  • Residency: Wednesday, November 13 to Friday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unit III: Working Beyond Boundaries

  • February to May 2025
  • Residency: Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unit IV: Capstone

  • May to August 2025
  • Residencies: Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (August 26 meeting includes graduation ceremony and reception with new CPM cohort)

2023-2024 Cohort: Spring and summer schedule

Unit III: Working Beyond Boundaries

  • February to May 2024
  • Residency: Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unit IV: Capstone

  • May to August 2024
  • Residencies: Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (August 27 meeting includes graduation ceremony and reception with new CPM cohort)

Cost for the entire CPM program

The CPM program costs a total of $4,000 for the entire program and is payable in three installments.

CPM program instructors

How to apply to the CPM program

In order to apply to the Certified Public Manager program, you’ll need to submit:

  • An online application (no fee)
  • A resume demonstrating a minimum of three years of experience
  • 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?

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

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