Massachusetts Certified Public Manager® (MA-CPM)

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Become a Certified Public Manager ®
Earn your MA-CPM @ Bridgewater State University!

The Massachusetts Certified Public Manager® (MA-CPM) certificate program is a recognized active program by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium and is housed within the Political Science Department at Bridgewater State University. The program provides professional development opportunities for public and non-profit sector leaders and serves as a resource for public service training and education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Program Mission
The Massachusetts Certified Public Manager® Program (MA-CPM) is committed to providing a high-quality, research based, and practice oriented statewide leadership certificate program for managers and supervisors who provide public and nonprofit sector administration and to serve as a resource for local communities. The certificate program educates public and nonprofit professionals in core leadership competencies towards improving the quality of public leadership and management within the state.

Campus Locations
Courses are currently offered at all Bridgewater State University locations:

Bridgewater State University - Main Campus
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325

Bridgewater State University – Cape Cod Campus
1175 MA – 28
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Bridgewater State University – Attleboro Campus
11 Field Road Attleboro, MA 02703

Program Benefits

The benefits of the MA-CPM credential program at Bridgewater State University include:

  • Enhancement of personal leadership strengths
  • Increase in intergovernmental networks and communication
  • Increase in personal effectiveness
  • Innovative solutions
  • Promotion of quality in public service
  • Evening and weekend courses to accommodate work schedules
  • Diverse faculty with extensive experience in a variety of public service and public affairs settings
  • Professional development modules addressing timely public service issues
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Program Contact:

Program Director: Prof. Jodie Drapal Koretski (Kluver)

Prospective students:

Possessing a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the MA-CPM program for graduate-degree credit. Applicants seeking graduate-credit toward the MA-CPM program will need to complete the following:

  • Submit the online application for the College of Graduate Studies and provide the associated $50 application fee
  • A résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on their interest in public service and how the MA-CPM would support their aspirations for the future

Public and Non-profit sector administrators without a bachelor's degree may apply to the Massachusetts-Certified Public Manager® (MA-CPM) program for credential-only. Applicants must provide:

  • A résumé
  • A short essay on their interest in public service and how the MA-CPM would support their aspirations for the future.
  • Materials should be sent directly to

The Massachusetts Certified Public Managers® (MA-CPM) program curriculum includes the following competencies:

  • Personal and Organizational Integrity
  • Managing Work
  • Leading People 
  • Developing Self
  • Systemic Integration
  • Public Service Focus
  • Change Leadership

Course Delivery

The MA-CPM program provides 325 hours of instruction to participants. To earn the certificate, participants must successfully complete twelve (12) courses, as well as a capstone project and professional portfolio. MA-CPM courses are offered onsite at all Bridgewater State University campuses – Main, Cape Cod and Attleboro. Completion of the program may require traveling to various Bridgewater sites. Many of the courses are hybrid in nature and include on-site, face-to-face instruction, and online resources and assignments. On-site courses generally meet on two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instructors in the MA-CPM program are BSU professors and experienced professionals holding advanced degrees.


Core Courses (5 credits)
POLI 581 / NCPO 081 - Intro to Certified Public Management
POLI 584 / NCPO 084 - Managing Human Resources in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
POLI 595 / NCPO 095 - Strategies for Organizational Assessment
POLI 596 / NCPO 096- Capstone Experience
POLI 597 / NCPO 097 - Budgeting Process in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Professional Courses (3 credits)
Select one from each group of two:
POLI 582 / NCPO 082 - Budgeting Process in Public and Nonprofit Organizations - Change Management OR
POLI 590 / NCPO 090 - Leadership Self-Awareness

POLI 580 / NCPO 080 - Administrative Law in Public Administration OR
POLI 585 / NCPO 085- Legal Practices in Human Resources

POLI 587 / NCPO 087 - Leading Sustainable Organizations OR
POLI 593 / NCPO 093- Planning and Development

Electives (4 credits)

Select four from the following:
POLI 504 / NCPO 004 Quantitative Skills for Public Administrators
POLI 517 / NCPO 017 - Basics of Survey Research for Public Administration
POLI 519 / NCPO 019 - GIS Basics
POLI 520 / NCPO 020 - Information Technology Security
POLI 589 / NCPO 089 - Understanding and Promoting Ethical Behavior
POLI 583 / NCPO 083- Conflict Resolution and Negotiation in Public Administration
POLI 594 / NCPO 094 - Grant Writing and Administration

Students may also select  POLI 580/NCPO 080, POLI 582/NCPO 082, POLI 585/NCPO 085, POLI 587/NCPO 087 and POLI 593/NCPO 093 as electives once all required courses are completed.

Total Minimum Credits: 12

Additional certificate requirements include the successful completion of a Capstone Project and a Professional Portfolio.  

The Massachusetts Certified Public Manager® (MA-CPM) program is offered as a graduate-credit option for those who have completed their bachelor's or are working on their Bridgewater State University master's degree. As a student within the MA-CPM graduate-credit program, you may be able to transfer up to six (6) MA-CPM credits into the Master of Public Administration (NASPAA-accredited) program at Bridgewater State University—dependent upon acceptance. Current BSU MPA students may transfer up to six (6) module credits into the MA-CPM program upon graduation and may dual register in the program. For more information, contact the program director at


Program Director:

Prof. Jodie Drapal Koretski

B.S., University of Nebraska Lincoln/Omaha
M.P.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha

Doctoral Studies A.B.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ph.D. Candidate, Walden University

Jodie Drapal Koretski has served over 25 years within the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles and with a myriad of organizations. Within her academic career, she has served as a core faculty member teaching courses in public and nonprofit management and is currently serving as the director of the Massachusetts Certified Public Managers program at Bridgewater State University.  Her research has centered on the public and nonprofit sector, citizen engagement and voluntary action, informal associations, and organizational behavior. She has presented her work at both national and international public and nonprofit sector conferences, and has published research articles in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Practice, Public Manager, and PA Times. Over the past several years she has been actively involved with service learning communities on campus, served on the National Service Learning Conference planning committee, and incorporates service learning/experiential learning within her classroom design. She is also actively involved in the greater community as an educational consultant with a number of nonprofit and governmental organizations, as an instructor/presenter for nonprofit education programs, and as a director of development for a local arts and culture organization.


CPM Faculty Director: 

Dr. Melinda Tarsi

Phone: 508-531-2404
B.A., Western Connecticut State University
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Melinda R. Tarsi specializes in the field of American politics, with research interests in veterans’ benefits policies and politics; American political development; race and ethnicity in political behavior and representation; public opinion; and public administration. Dr. Tarsi is also a Research Fellow with the Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership, a Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement, and a Fellow with the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Her work has appeared in the journals Journalism Practice; Armed Forces and Society; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Social Science Quarterly; and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Her research has also been featured in the media on,, and the Washington Post’s blog, “The Monkey Cage.” Her book project, which focuses on the politics of veterans' benefit policies in the twentieth century, has been supported by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation's Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, the Roosevelt Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.  Dr. Tarsi teaches courses on American politics, public policy, and public administration. In addition to her academic work, she is also a board member for a local nonprofit animal shelter, as well as an appointed member of her town’s finance committee.