FAQs

The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program is 300 hours, competency-based and accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. Participants must complete a capstone project that addresses a problem or challenge in their organization. The renowned Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore offers the program, and sessions are taught by faculty from the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, experts and practitioners, and instructors from the Center’s partner organizations. The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program is the only such program available in Maryland.1 The program is open to government and nonprofit employees who live or work in Maryland.

1 The Washington Council of Governments offers a CPM program to employees of its member agencies. Employees of those organizations who live or work in Maryland, must apply to the Washington Council of Governments’ program. If space is not available, they can apply to the Maryland Certified Public® Manager Program.

Our program is academically grounded and application focused; it is taught by university faculty, subject-matter experts, and seasoned practitioners. Our program combines academic learning
with professional and personal leadership development skills. We blend hard and soft development skills training.

Upon successful completion of the CPM program and admittance to the University of Baltimore’s Master of Public Administration program, CPM graduates are eligible for a waiver of up to 6 graduate credits toward their MPA degree. Current MPA students may be eligible for the waiver depending what courses they have completed thus far and prior credits applied to their degree.

There are several payment options.

  • Organizations have the option of paying in one payment or two payments split across two fiscal years.
  • Individuals have the option of paying in full in one payment or paying in five installments during the program year.
  • The Certified Public Manager® Program qualifies for funding under the Post 911 GI Bill for eligible applicants.
  • The program accepts SF 192 for federal employees.
  • The program may be eligible for employer provided professional development reimbursement.

The Certified Public Manager® Program is designed as a 300-hour commitment over a 10-month time frame consisting of the orientation in month one, followed by 5 virtual retreat weeks over the next 9 months leading up to capstone project presentations and graduation. Your greatest value comes from your personal commitment to your growth and development through the program.

Attendance is expected at all sessions. Certified Public Management® Program candidates are allowed to miss two retreat days without having to make up the material. Candidates who miss courses are still required to demonstrate mastery of the material covered in missed sessions by completing the course assignments. Excused absences require prior approval from the program director.