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CPM Courses

The CPM program involves a total of 300 hours, including approximately 50 hours of an applied problem-solving exercise. Completion of the CPM earns 6 graduate credits toward a Master in Public Administration or a Master in Criminal Justice at the University of Colorado Denver.

For additional information, please contact Stephanie Samano, Training Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (303) 315-2494.  Below is a list of courses:

2014 CPM Curriculum

New Module and Content Approach

  • Classes are held from 8:30am-4:30pm on the Downtown Denver Campus

Strategic Planning and Management (March 7-8, 2014)

  • Includes: analytic techniques in strategic planning, understanding fiscal & budgetary approaches and management, understanding public involvement in policy making and governmental operations, and use of critical tools, such as managing collaborations, governance opportunities, and partnerships (P3, PP-NP, PP)


Managing Crises, Emergencies and Disasters (May 9-10, 2014)

  • Includes:  management principles for public and nonprofit organizations in the areas of effective emergency response, emergency preparedness, disaster recovery and promotion of community and organizational resilience; also includes crisis leadership and communication. Lessons will be drawn from the Colorado Experience​​


Fostering & Managing Organizational Innovation (July 11-12, 2014)

  • Includes: performance measurement, change and innovation, project management, evidence based management, and management of information and communications technology


Management Fundamentals and Emerging Trends (September 12-13, 2014)

  • Includes: understanding fiscal & budgetary approaches and management, managing human resources, administrative legal issues, use of data in evidence based management, decision-making and reporting results


Leadership in Organizations (November 7-8, 2014)

  • Includes: knowing & managing yourself, effective teams, conflict resolution & negotiation, and ethical behavior​​​


Public Engagement and Communications Skills (January 9-10, 2015)

  • Includes: working with elected officials, establishing working relationships with key partners (w/in and w/out organizations), media relations, effective presentations, understanding and using social media


Capstone Project

  • Includes: a practical project undertaking toward the end of the CPM program. The project can be based on a problem faced in your own organization or in another organization, but it must be something real, significant and useful. The capstone project demonstrates mastery of the skills developed throughout the CPM curriculum. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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