Admissions Requirements


The Maryland Certified Public Manager® is open to employees who work or live in Maryland* for:

  • Federal, State of Maryland, and local government agencies
  • Quasi-governmental organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations

To be eligible, participants must be responsible for supervising people (formally or functionally), managing major projects, or managing major programs. The program will be taught at the college level, but a college degree is not required for admission into the program.

City of Baltimore Employees: If you’re interested in applying for a City of Baltimore-sponsored cohort, please contact for details.

*Employees of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments member organizations who live in Maryland must apply to the Washington Council of Governments’ Certified Public Manager® Program.


For FY ‘2025, we are able to offer a limited number of managers in state and local governments an opportunity to attend the Maryland Certified Public Manager® program at no cost. Candidates will be selected based on meeting program requirements and ensuring representation throughout the state of Maryland and within organizational levels.