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.

A program designed exclusively for municipal employees interested in furthering their professional career in local government and pursuing a graduate degree will be offered in the towns of Danvers and Shrewsbury during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The tuition for 2020-2021 is $2,550. The application deadline was May 31 at 5 p.m.

The MMA’s partnership with Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management will offer five graduate-level courses during the academic year.

The courses will be taught by Suffolk faculty and will be held on 25 Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in September and ending in May. Participants should expect six hours of class work each week plus six hours of homework.

Informational meetings about the Shrewsbury and Danvers sessions were held on March 4 and 12, respectively.

Participants will earn a Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management from the Moakley Center for Public Management. Participants who wish to continue their studies in the MPA program at Suffolk will earn up to 12 graduate credit waivers.

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Students of the 2019-20 program in Barnstable.

The graduate-level academic program provides participants with a solid grounding in public management. Certificate program courses are the same curriculum offered at the Boston campus of Suffolk University.

“The program is a high-quality academic offering that links contemporary public management theory with ‘real world’ practice, providing a practical graduate education experience,” said 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.”

The Littleton and Barnstable offerings will be the 13th and 14th sessions of the certificate program, which started in Natick in 2011.

The program uses a competitive application process. Applicants will be judged on their demonstrated interest in continuing to work in public management. Successful applicants will be, or aspire to be, in leadership positions in local government. The admissions committee also seeks a diverse class of students from all facets of municipal government.

The applications require the approval of your community’s mayor or town administrator/manager.

For more information, the MMA contact for the program is Administration and Finance Director Katie McCue.

Sample Courses

Budgeting and Financial Management
Introduces students to basic financial management concepts as they apply to state and local government and nonprofit organizations.

Contemporary Legal Challenges for Municipal Law
Provides overview and foundational understanding developed through review of relevant statutes, case law and rudimentary legal practice skills. Recent trends and future developments will be highlighted, including the evolving direction of state oversight agencies.

Challenges in Human Resources Management
Explore complex issues in public and nonprofit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Strategic Leadership
Learn how to exercise effective leadership when addressing difficult and interconnected public problems and to expand ways of analyzing and managing individual, institutional, and inter-organizational dynamics.

Administrative Strategies of Local Government
Examine the impact of population growth and shifts on service delivery and be introduced to the new demands and technologies on local management structures.