What will I learn?

This graduate certificate covers the changing dynamics of government and the leadership challenges this landscape presents. You’ll get a look into governmental management functions with regard to finance, human resources, and organizational leadership.

The Suffolk Graduate Certificate in State and Local Government (GCSLG) will prepare you to serve as an effective leader within your area of operation. Go well beyond classroom learning with this unique program, as you’ll be ready to respond to the changing dynamics of government. The GCSLG covers a wide range of topics including finance, human resources, and organizational leadership and change.

You can complete the program full-time in as little as one semester or part-time in as few as two semesters. If you apply to the MPA within a year of completing this certificate, and had a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, you won’t need to take the GRE or GMAT to enroll in the master's program.


  • 5 Courses
  • 15 Credits

Which department am I in?

Sawyer Business School

Study options

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,213 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 May 2020, 3 September 2020, 19 January 2021


Sawyer Business School

73 Tremont Street,



02108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or an equivalent degree granted by an institution in another country (as determined by the Office of Graduate Admission).

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum TOEFL score of 80 in the iBT scoring system (with no sub score lower than 17) or 550 on the paper-based is required to be considered for full admission.

International English Language Testing System test (IELTS): A minimum score of 6.5 (with no sub score below 6.0) is required to be considered for full admission

PTE-Academic (Pearson Test of English): A minimum score of 65 is required to be considered for full admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling; Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling; Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling.

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About this uni

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 areas of study.

  • Main urban campus in bustling Boston area
  • Large international student community
  • Industry connections and internship opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes