Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
The MMA and Suffolk University will hold five programs in 2024, as well as the fourth year of the MMA-Suffolk Municipal Fellowship Program.
In September 2024, the MMA and Suffolk University will launch the 23rd and 24th sessions of the Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program.
The graduate-level academic program provides a solid grounding in municipal management, and covers topics such as human resources management, budgeting and financial management, and strategic leadership.
The program is held over the course of 25 Fridays from September through May. The 2024-2025 certificate programs will be hosted in Sharon and Pittsfield; the program is held in person (40%) and on Zoom (60%). The schedule is likely to begin and end with in-person classes for each of the five modules, with the three classes in between held virtually via Zoom.
The certificate program application will become available on the MMA website on Feb. 1, and the deadline to apply is April 30. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May.
Municipal Finance Management
The MMA and Suffolk University are offering three Municipal Finance Management Seminars in 2024.
The program is designed to provide an overview of municipal finance in Massachusetts, including the operational aspects of finance structure, systems and processes in cities and towns. Topics include budgeting, financial reporting, treasury functions, property assessment, and costing out contracts.
The seminars will be held via Zoom over the course of five Fridays, with start dates as follows:
• Winter 2024: Jan. 5
• Spring 2024: March 1
• Fall 2024: Oct. 18
The seminar is designed for municipal officials interested in furthering their careers in municipal finance or employees who are new to municipal finance. Applicants must be employed by a city or town, and must have approval from their municipal manager, administrator or mayor.
The application for the 2024 seminars is available online as a fillable PDF. Applicants can choose which seminar they would like to be considered for, and will be informed of their status at the end of the application period.
The application deadline for the winter session has passed. The application deadline for the spring session is Jan. 15.
For a fourth year, the MMA is partnering with Suffolk University on a Municipal Fellowship program, which is designed to offer exceptional municipal managers the opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to $28,000 toward a master’s degree in public administration at Suffolk University.
Candidates will partner with their community to continue their employment while completing their academic studies part-time.
Applicants must already be accepted for admission to Suffolk’s 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 program.
The fellowship application will be available on the MMA website on Feb. 1.
For more information on any of the MMA-Suffolk programs, visit mma.org/suffolk or contact Katie McCue at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kate Evarts at 617-426-7272, ext. 172, or email@example.com.