Municipal Financial Management Program

The public demand for excellence in the management of public resources has never been stronger. Local government is under constant scrutiny and faces unprecedented pressure for improved accountability while striving to provide high levels of service at low cost. This is compounded by the push for open government initiatives. This growing challenge requires a keen understanding of complex financial mechanisms, management and leadership theories and practices, and the ability of government to work with the private and nonprofit sectors. It’s time to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and expertise needed to readily navigate and excel through the nuances that are local government finance.

About the Program

The Municipal Financial Management Program is designed to provide students with a blend of strategy, leadership and financial tools.

Here are the courses offered during the program:
  • Course 1:  Tax Policy and Revenue Streams
  • Course 2:  Budget Administration with a Strategic Mindset
  • Course 3:  Financing Options for Municipal Entities 
  • Course 4:  Investment Strategies
  • Course 5:  Ethics, Effective Communication, Collaboration and Leadership in Local Government (Capstone) 
In a hybrid (combination of online and face-to-face) instruction format, a cohort of 12-15 students are taken through four intensive-style courses, and a final capstone project.

With the invaluable support of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California
(MMASC), Coxswain Consulting is hosting this program, which provides students with the critical intersection of strategy, leadership, and finance tools.


Students not only acquire a new set of municipal finance skills and leadership tools to leverage throughout their career. For managers and supervisors, students are encouraged to incorporate current work assignments or challenges into their coursework in ways that will benefit your organization!

Who is the Program For?

The program is designed for high-potential staff, analysts, or managers currently working within local government, and who are motivated to develop their financial skills for their organization. A foundation in financial knowledge is required, and a Bachelors degree or higher is preferred.

How much does the Program Cost?

The Program is still being finalized, but will be between $500-$700.  This includes course materials needed, as well as lunch during the Program.  Students may be eligible for reimbursement of the Program through their organization's professional development program.  Please contact your Supervisor or Human Resources Department for more information 

How Do I Apply?

To apply for this program, please visit

For more general information, please contact Julia Erdkamp at (949) 409-5323 or

When Does the Program Start?

The cohort will begin in Fall 2019. 

Where Can I Download A Brochure?

You can download a brochure by clicking here