Eligibility and Costs
Eligible public managers for Certificate in Public Management training meet the following criteria:
- Approval for time away from work from the appropriate supervisor.
- Ability to meet the time and financial commitments of the course.
- Demonstrated initiative in seeking training and educational opportunities.
- Advancing toward or through positions with managerial responsibilities.
CPM believes that creating and using information and data are key skills possessed by effective managers. Courses will often feature cases and assignments that teach and refine data analysis skills. Students should have a basic knowledge of Excel prior to starting.
Many governmental units have created an internal selection process for CPM candidates. To be considered for CPM, please fill out an application form and work with your supervisor or HR to determine your organization's process. Your agency can choose to decide which candidates will be submitted to the selection committee. Failure to work through an agency's process could affect your ability to receive tuition reimbursement.
If your organization does not have an internal selection process, get your supervisor's approval and then submit your application directly to the Atkinson School. The CPM Selection Committee will make the final decision.
Costs for Cohort 12 (beginning September, 2013)
Participants are responsible for the costs of the program. The applicant should work with his or her agency to determine what portion of the tuition costs will be paid by the agency. Usually, the agency and student split the cost 50-50.
$975 per course, payable $1,950 per term or $7,800 for all eight courses.
This includes textbooks, learning materials, parking and program activities and a light breakfast.
In general, participants in the CPM are not eligible for federal loans, which require participants to be enrolled at least half time in their course of study. Half-time is defined as six credits per term. However, several private educational loan lenders provide loans for students enrolled less than half time. A few of those lenders are:
- Bank of America: 800-870-8142
This less than half time enrollment loan is called the "Education Maximizer".
- Chase: 866-213-3151
The student would want to inquire about the "Continuing Education Loan" from the list of private loans provided. This loan is called "Chase Extra".
- Wells Fargo: 877-255-2431
With Wells, the loan for those enrolled less than half time is called the "Connection Education Loan".
For additional private loan information, contact:
Financial Aid Office
503.370.6273 voice or 877.744.3736
Veterans and, in some cases, their spouses, may be eligible for financial aid toward the cost of education. The CPM is an approved program. For additional information, contact the Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs at 503-373-2085 to speak with a benefits counselor.
Under Section 162 of the IRS code, taxpayers can deduct educational expenses if the coursework maintains or improves skills required in their current jobs or if the education is required to keep their present salary, status, or job. Expenses in excess of 2% of a taxpayer's adjusted gross income would be listed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A of their tax returns. People switching careers cannot deduct such expenses. Nor can expenses be deducted if they are related to coursework that is necessary as a minimum education requirement for a job. To determine your eligibility for this benefit, contact your accountant.