The MMA, in partnership with Suffolk University, offers two programs designed exclusively for municipal employees to further their professional careers in local government:
A Local Government Leadership and Management Certificate Program
A Municipal Finance Management Seminar
Municipal Fellowship Program

On May 17, 2019 at the Senior Center in Northampton, 21 local government professionals graduate from the 11th MMA-Suffolk Local Government Leadership and Management program.

MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management

The MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management is a graduate-level academic program providing a solid grounding in public management. The certificate program links contemporary public management theory with “real world” practice, covering topics such as budgeting and financial management, challenges in human resources management, and strategic leadership.

Five graduate-level courses are taught by Suffolk University faculty over the course of 25 Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., from September through May. Students may earn up to 12 graduate credits.

“The program is a high-quality academic offering that links contemporary public management theory with ‘real world’ practice, providing a practical graduate education experience,” says MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith. “It is an excellent opportunity to provide a valuable, critical learning experience for new and seasoned managers and other key employees.”

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Students of the 2019-20 program in Barnstable.

Current Certificate Programs
Certificate programs that were scheduled to begin in Danvers and in Shrewsbury in September 2020 are currently being held remotely.

The 2021-2022 certificate programs will begin in Barnstable and Marlborough in September 2021. The application will be available here on Feb. 1, and the application deadline will be April 30 at 5 p.m.

The cost of the certificate program is $2,550.

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar

The MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar provides an overview of Massachusetts municipal finance, including the operational aspects of finance structure, systems and processes in Massachusetts cities and towns.

Students will learn about the structure and purpose of local government, municipal budgeting systems and sources of revenue, financial reporting and record keeping, financial management, principles of property assessment, the intersection of human resources and financial resources, and best practices in local government finance.

The seminar is held twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall – over the course of five Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., covering nine topics in municipal finance. The seminar does not qualify toward graduate credits.

Current Finance Seminar Programs
The Finance Seminar program scheduled for Southborough in fall 2020 is currently being held remotely.

The spring 2021 session, set to be held either virtually or in-person north of Boston, has closed to applications. The application deadline was Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

The cost of the Finance Seminar program is $825.

MMA-Suffolk Municipal Fellowship program

In January 2021, Suffolk University and the MMA are launching a Municipal Fellowship Program to offer significant support to municipal managers and professionals to attend Suffolk’s Master in Public Administration at its Sawyer School of Business.

The program will provide a scholarship of up to $28,000 while the recipients’ municipality commits to continuing their salary and position while they attend the program part-time.

Applicants must already be accepted for admission to the master’s in public administration program and receive the support of the chief municipal official in their municipality. Consideration will be given to graduates of the MMA-Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management.

Suffolk University will hold an information session via Zoom on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. To RSVP for the information session and receive a link, email Kate Evarts at kevarts@mma.org.

Click here for the fellowship program application (PDF). The application deadline is May 1 at 5 p.m.


If you have questions about the MMA-Suffolk programs, please contact Katie McCue at kmccue@mma.org or Kate Evarts at kevarts@mma.org.

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