Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs provide an opportunity for public and nonprofit sector employees to network, share ideas, and build long lasting relationships with their classmates, while receiving an affordable graduate level education. By partnering with their employer, The Moakley Center is able to educate various public and nonprofit employees across Massachusetts over the span of 25 Fridays, and give them the tools they need for their career aspirations. To date, over 2,000 public service and nonprofit managers have graduated from the program.

Certificate Program Offerings

Certificate Partner Contact
Certificate in Nonprofit Human Services Management Massachusetts Providers' Council Patrick Daily
Community Health and Community Health Center Management Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Nicole Simpson
Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership and Management
New Jerusalem Evangelical Baptist Church
Elsie Metayer
Human Service and Leadership Management Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Imad Sandakly
Leadership & Education in Neurological Disorders (LEND) Eunice Shriver Center at UMass Medical Carol Curtain
Local Government Leadership and Management Massachusetts Municipal Association John Petrin

To further acknowledge the accomplishment of certificate graduates, and to strengthen their connection to Suffolk University, all Certificate graduates automatically become part of the Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School alumni family. 

Basic Requirements

You must successfully complete (receive a passing grade) in at least 80% of the offered courses.

Passing Grade

A passing grade is completion of a course’s specifically outlined requirements at a “C” (75%) level. Students who have not completed work at this level will receive a NP (not pass) for the course.

Graduating with Distinction

You must receive an “A” in all certificate courses.


In the event of extenuating circumstances (such as a medical problem or job relocation), a student may request a grade of "I," which means incomplete. Granting of an incomplete grade is at the professor’s discretion and can only be granted if 50% of the required work has been completed. By comparison, and for similar reasons, a student may request an incomplete from the overall program from the program director. All incomplete work must be completed within one calendar year or the course or overall certificate grade changes to NP (not pass).

Taking the Next Step: Moakley Scholars

Our certificate programs offer a taste of what graduate school is like, and teach the same management classes offered in Suffolk's Masters of Public Administration program. If you receive a "B" or higher in a certificate course that has a Suffolk University equivalent on campus, you may be eligible to waive the equivalent courses towards the MPA program at Suffolk University (up to 4 courses).

Documentation Requests

To receive your Program of Study showing the a list of courses completed in the Certificate Program, with grades, equivalent course waiver hours and the date the certificate was conferred, please contact the Moakley Center directly.

For an Official Transcript showing the list of courses completed, with grades and the date the Certificate was conferred, please contact the Registrar's Office.