Applications are being accepted for the Class of 2023.

Developing World-Class Leaders for Public Service

Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program for Government and Nonprofits

The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program is a nationally accredited leadership development program offered by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. Maryland’s leaders now have the opportunity to gain the comprehensive, applied management skills needed to meet the complex demands and challenges of the 21st century. Download a PDF brochure.

The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program is available in two tracks.

Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program for Government and Nonprofit Professionals
This program is open to supervisors and managers who live or work in Maryland and who work for a government (local, state, or federal), quasi-governmental, or nonprofit organization.

Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program for Law Enforcement Professionals
This program is open to supervisors and managers who live or work in Maryland and who work for a law enforcement organization. The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program for law enforcement  professionals is offered in conjunction with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The program meets the requirements for Police Training and Standards Commission’s First Line Administrator credential.

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Program Dates
Maryland Certified Public Manager®
Class of 2023
ONLINE WITH REAL-TIME INSTRUCTION

Application Deadline – July 15, 2022

Payment Deadline – August 31, 2022 (unless other arrangements have been made; payment options are available)

Orientation: September 12, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Weekly Retreats – All retreats have morning sessions from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and afternoon sessions from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All retreat sessions are held via Zoom.

Retreat Week 1: Leadership Style and Personal Productivity
October 17-21, 2022

Leadership Lunch 1 – The Leadership Journey
November 17, 2022

Retreat Week 2: Strategic Management & Lean Management
December 12-16, 2022

Leadership Lunch 2 – Managing Multiple Priorities Discussion
January 19, 2023

Retreat Week 3: Data-Based Decision Making
February 13-17, 2023

Leadership Lunch 3 – Ethical Dilemmas in Leadership
March 16, 2023

Retreat Week 4: Managing Public Resources
April 10-14, 2023

Leadership Lunch 4 – Managing Media Interviews
May 18, 2023

Retreat Week 5: External Management: Communication & Legislative Process
June 5-9, 2023

Graduation & Capstone Presentations
June 30, 2023
Graduation and capstone presentations will be held via Zoom.

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CLASS OF 2023


The Maryland Certified Public Manager® program is:

  • A comprehensive 300-hour competency-based, academically grounded, and job-relevant program
  • Offered online, combining live online instruction and discussion with self-paced learning
  • Results-oriented, featuring individual capstone projects designed to improve an agency’s service, reduce its costs, or increase its revenue

“I was able to build upon my existing knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as develop new skills. Working together with a class cohort of cross-cutting senior professionals sharing their experiences was extremely beneficial to my professional growth and development. I am extremely proud to have been a part of this journey with them. This is a one of a kind program that does not compare to any other.”

Joseph (Joey) Sagal, Deputy Administrator for Operations, Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, Class of 2021

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Logo Maryland Police and Correctional Training CommissionThe Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program for law enforcement professionals is offered in conjunction with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions and meets the requirements for the Police Training and Standards Commissions’ First Line Administrator credential.

Add your name to the wait list for the 2022 group.
(The program schedule is tentative and depends on the regulations regarding COVID-19. Safety of participants, instructors, and staff is our priority.)