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Ideas for Coping with Brain Drain in the Public Sector

More Americans Going Back To School To Reinvent Themselves

According to an April 2009 survey carried out by Harris Interactive, more Americans are thinking about going back to school and taking those steps to reinvent themselves through professional development due to the stage of the economy. Read the full story.

Productivity & Program Evaluation

CPM Track #6 Information Systems for Managers begins on November 6, 2014.  Learn more about Track #6.


Download the 2014-2015 schedule of classes.

Download the 2015-2016 schedule of classes. 

Certified Public Manager Program


Congratulations to the CPM December 2013 Graduates!

CPM coordinator Maggie Manzano, Christopher Mainka, Sarah Wishahy, Captain Byron Frankland and CPM state director Howard Balanoff

The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited, comprehensive management and leadership training program. The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program is an affiliate of the CPM Program offered through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. Graduates are entitled to use the official designation of Certified Public Manager® (CPM), a professional credential and designation which exemplifies recognized standards for excellence in public management and leadership.

The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s CPM Program is:

The CPM Program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of federal, state, and local government employees.

More applied than theoretical, the CPM Program serves as a valuable companion to the traditional master of public administration (MPA) program offered by the University of Houston.

The CPM program consists of seven tracks (courses) offered over a 14-21 month period with each of the seven courses meeting 1.5 days a month. The courses include personnel administration; managing for quality; organizational communication; public finance; productivity and program evaluation; information systems for managers; and an applied project practicum.  Download the 2014-2015 or the 2015-2016 schedule of classes.

CPM focuses on values, such as improving ethics in the public service. It sets up a continuing education network of federal, state, and local civil servants, who can work together to improve the quality and the image of the public service.

CPM students with instructor Guatam Nayer

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The University of Houston’s Certified Public Manager Program (UH CPM Program) is fully accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.  


Enrollment is open to all professionals. A college degree is preferred but not required.

Candidates successfully completing the entire program earn a national trademark designation of CPM (Certified Public Manager).


View the list of CPM graduates.


CPM instructors include traditional academics and successful practicioners.  View the list of faculty members.


CPM graduate Darren Chambers was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Hobby Leadership Award.  Read more about the award.


UH's first two CPM graduates Sadie Rucker and Donald Curry at the June 2011 CPM Graduation in Austin.