Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership

Become a leader who inspires your city’s future.

Designed for municipal leaders in Canada, this Masters Certificate program is the definitive municipal leadership and governance program in the country. Gain the leadership skills, tools and strategies to improve operational performance in today’s constantly evolving political climate. Network with peers in urban and rural municipalities across the country and learn from the firsthand insight of other local leaders.

Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership

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Fees: $9,850
Length: 9 days of study over 5 months
Next Session: April 23, 2025 to
September 26, 2025
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The Ultimate
Program for Municipal Leaders

With uncertain work environments on the rise, municipal professionals and leaders need to act fast to succeed in today’s rapidly changing cultural, economic and political climate.

In this Masters Certificate, designed in cooperation with the Municipal Advisory Council of Municipal Executives, you’ll develop new leadership strategies that effectively leverage the talents of your staff to deliver a higher quality of care in your municipality.

Cultivate your political acuity with agile thinking and enhance your decision-making under various municipal pressures. Dive into the psychology of leadership and communicate persuasively to keep employees engaged through uncertainties in the public sector.

This program features an interactive, peer-to-peer learning experience that takes advantage of case studies and the expertise of an advisory board composed of municipal executives. 

Divided into 3 modules over 5 months, our comprehensive Masters Certificate is recommended for mid-career and senior leaders in government and public services roles, especially those with at least 3 years’ work experience. Participants in roles such as department manager, chief administration officer, chief financial officer, chief librarian, city manager, commissioner, director, fire chief, police chiefs and public health manager have thrived in their careers upon completion of the program.


Supplement In-Class Instruction

To supplement in-class instruction, participants will apply program learnings and insights to coursework and readings outside the classroom.
DISCLAIMER: Schulich ExecEd requires a non-refundable deposit from all students as part of the enrolment process. Domestic students are required to submit a $1,000 deposit, while international students are required to submit a 50% deposit. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our advisors for assistance.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Strategic Thinking
Leadership Skills
Coaching and Mentoring
Employee Engagement
Communication Skills

6 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education for Busy Professionals

Earn a Masters Certificate without putting your life on pause. This program spreads modules across non-consecutive weeks. Choose a hybrid learning option for additional flexibility.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Designed in cooperation with the Municipal Advisory Council of Municipal Executives, this is the definitive program in Canada for municipal leaders and professionals looking to advance their career in the public sector.

Learn from the Pros

Train with renowned Schulich ExecEd instructors, not-for-profit experts and leaders in public policy and administration.

Tackle Exciting Challenges

Explore new trends in municipal management with hands-on and peer-to-peer learning during in-class exercises and case studies.

Build a Meaningful Network

Connect with peers in the public sector and learn from an expert advisory board of current municipal executives.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teams to new heights.

Who Will Benefit

Mid-Career Leaders

Managers and supervisors in government and public service positions, especially those with at least 3 years of work experience, will gain comprehensive leadership strategies and prepare for a more senior position in the public sector. Target job positions include department managers, city managers and public health managers.

Senior Leaders

Senior leaders and officials in the public sector—including chief administration officers, chief financial officers, chief librarians, commissioners, directors, fire chiefs and police chiefs—will develop advanced skills in municipal management and create a new vision for public sector reform.

What Difference Will You Make?

"This program was possibly the most valuable learning experience I have had to date in my career. The program was engaging and and thought provoking. Participants are empowered with the knowledge, tools and (most importantly) the desire to apply the lessons learned."

- R. Mellow Chief of Paramedics, Peterborough County

"My time in your program was a game changer for me and I use the learnings regularly...and Sid [Ridgely]’s words still play in my head as I approach my work and life :)"

- D. Rosa-Brailsford General Manager, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, City of Vancouver

"This is the most worthwhile program I have ever taken. Excellent and engaging instructors provide tools and techniques that will help me and my group to ultimately be more successful."

- L. Hives Current Planning Manager, City of Brantford

This is a great program. We were all municipal employees and understood each other and the logic brought forward. Excellent program - great opportunity to grow.

- M. Panu Director Transportation and Waste, Northumberland County

Program Overview

  • The most important parameters of strong and effective leadership start with the internal makeup, self-awareness and character of the leader. Led by nationally recognized experts in leadership psychology, this module serves as a foundation for the remainder of the program, providing a personalized and unique lens through which to advance your leadership journey. Explore topics like:

    • The art of transformative leadership
    • Coaching and mentoring
  • Environmental awareness and response is a key component of effective and strategic leadership. This module builds on Module 1 by discussing advanced topics related specifically to strategic capacity, as experienced by Municipal Leaders. Venture into topics like:

    • Engaging employees in hybrid environments
    • Managing optics
    • Inter-municipal collaboration
  • Strategic agility requires municipal leaders to envision a road ahead and chart practical and innovative roads to get there. This module focuses on how leaders can enhance their strategic innovation, as well as use current trends and technological disruptions to their benefit. Tack topics like:

    • Leadership agility and strategic mindset
    • SMART cities and technological disruption
    • Using big data for patterning and decision-making
  • Summer 2024 Dates Time
    Strategic Municipal Leadership 6/24/2024 - 6/26/2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Future Proofing Municipalities 9/16/2024 - 9/18/2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Spring 2025 Dates Time
    Essentials of Municipal Leadership 4/23/2025 - 4/25/2025 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Strategic Municipal Leadership 6/25/2025 - 6/27/2025 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Future Proofing Municipalities 9/24/2025 - 9/26/2025 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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What You Get

After completing a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Masters Certificate

Awarded when a series of more extensive programs are completed and a greater skill set achieved.

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