Members of the Spring 2021 MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar gather online for their April 2 graduation.

On April 2, the MMA and Suffolk University graduated their fifth class of the MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar.

The seminar provides an overview of Massachusetts municipal finance, including the operational aspects of finance structure, systems and processes in Massachusetts cities and towns. Topics include budgeting, financial reporting, treasury functions, property assessment, and costing out contracts.

The seminar is for municipal officials interested in furthering their careers in municipal finance as well as for employees who are new to municipal finance. Applicants must be employed by a city or town, and must have the approval of their municipal manager, administrator or mayor to apply.

The program will be held virtually on five Fridays beginning in mid-October. The cost of the seminar is $825.

The application for the fall 2021 seminar is available on the MMA website. The application deadline is July 31.

For more information about the three MMA-Suffolk programs, visit or email Katie McCue at

Certificate programs
The application period ended April 30 for the MMA and Suffolk University’s Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management programs scheduled to begin this fall in Barnstable and Marlborough. These will be the 17th and 18th certificate programs held by the MMA and Suffolk.

The Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management is a five-course, graduate-level program held over the course of 25 Fridays. The program is designed for municipal employees looking to further their careers in municipal management. Sample classes include budgeting, human resources management, and strategic leadership.

Information about the 2022-2023 programs will be available in the fall.