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Certified Public Manager® Program

Ready to further your public sector career? The Iowa Certified Public Manager® Program (ICPM) is the premium nationally accredited professional certification for public sector managers and directors.

Drake’s Center for Professional Studies partners with the Iowa Department of Administration Services/Human Resources Enterprise to offer this challenging and relevant curriculum. The 18-month program provides the opportunity for professionals to apply and integrate classroom learning with the real world of public management and leadership.

Leads to a Drake graduate degree:

Graduates of the ICPM program who are otherwise qualified for graduate school admission reduce the required number of credit hours needed to earn the Master of Public Administration degree at Drake by up to nine credit hours by combining the ICPM with their MPA degree.

We are certain you will find the Iowa Certified Public Manager® Program to be a positive and rewarding experience that will enhance your professionalism and strengthen your organization.


Admission to the ICPM is based on experience.  Experiences that determine admission include: 1) managing two or more people in a professional setting, or 2) involvement in a project that impacts your organization or agency, or 3) pursuing a graduate degree such as the Drake MPA program.  You may apply anytime, but will be admitted to the ICPM Program as each cohort class begins.


Congratulations graduates - Cohort 19, Summer 2014!


October 1, 2014
Four groups of Drake University students who received funding for startup businesses through the Lorentzen Student Hatchery last spring will present final updates on their ventures.