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Applying the University's academic expertise to improving Maryland's public and nonprofit sectors.

Established in 1985, the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy is Maryland's preeminent applied research and policy analysis center. As part of the University of Baltimore's College of Public Affairs, the center offers opportunities for faculty and students to put their knowledge to work on research and technical assistance projects sponsored by local, state and federal governments, nonprofit organizations and other enterprises.

The center's renowned work applies the University's academic expertise to solving problems faced by Maryland's public sector. The center has earned a reputation for excellence in:

  • management consulting
  • evaluative research
  • opinion research
  • professional development.

The Schaefer Center is committed to enhancing the University's academic environment by encouraging faculty and student applied research, fostering interdisciplinary research teams and supporting educational conferences. In addition, the center offers fellowships each year that provide graduate students with a unique opportunity to work closely with faculty members while gaining real-world experience through participation in center projects.

Certificate Programs Offered by the Schaefer Center

  • The  Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program  develops world class leaders for public service. Apply nowDownload a PDF brochure.

  • The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy are launching a new program next year entitled the  Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program  to support organizations in taking a proactive approach to addressing diversity and inclusion. Apply now.

  • Enterprise Community Partners and the University of Baltimore invite you to apply for the Baltimore Faith-Based Development Certificate Program, a six-month professional training with project-specific technical assistance to support your organization’s affordable housing and/or community facility development project. Apply now. 

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy is a nonprofit member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Maryland Nonprofits.