The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for professional employees who are dedicated to public service. The Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship provides the means for high performing employees to pursue a well-organized program of study to enhance leadership and public policy skills.  The fellowship is for the academic year beginning September 2014 – December 2015.     In addition to full tuition, the fellowship recipient will receive 100% salary while attending the MPA program and will maintain his or her job on a half-time basis, arranging a work schedule of 18.75 hours within their agency’s normal hours of operation.  The fellowship recipient is expected to resume a full-time work schedule over the summer and during semester breaks. 

 

The fellowship recipient is personally responsible for the cost of books and fees at approximately $1,500.00 per year. In addition, the fellowship recipient is personally responsible for any travel expenses and fees associated with travel courses. 

 

If you are not chosen as the Commonwealth Fellow and depending on available funding, Suffolk University may be able to provide other applicants with some financial aid. 

 

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

An applicant for the fellowship must:

·         Earned a Bachelor’s Degree;

·         Upon application, occupy a full time Executive Branch position in an active status for at least 12 months, be paid from the AA subsidiary, be classified in a management or professional position, or be a Massachusetts State Police Department employee classified as Sergeant or above, and be recommended by the supervisor, appointing authority, and cabinet secretary or division director;

·         Be newly admitted to the Suffolk University MPA program or be currently enrolled, having completed seven (7) or fewer courses (21 credit hours) as of May 24, 2014.  For the latter, a Suffolk University transcript must be submitted with the Fellowship Application;

·         Possess at least four years of professional work experience as of September 1, 2013 in federal, state, municipal or county government in a professional position including time spent as a consultant or volunteer working for a public or private non-profit organization; or as a manager in a private non-profit organization;

·         Exhibit strong leadership potential;

·         Possess a strong commitment to continue serving the public interest upon completion of the program;

·         Be willing to sign an agreement to continue serving in Massachusetts State Government in the same or higher position for a minimum of two years following graduation or to repay the salary received while attending the program if one defaults on the agreement.

·         Not have applied for the Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration more than 3 times.

 

Please note:

·         Applicants who already have a graduate management degree are not eligible.   

·         Applicants who have a non-management graduate degree must specifically address what an MPA would offer them that their current graduate degree does not equip them with, in reaching their management career goals.

·         Excluded from participation are contract employees and employees: appointed directly by the Governor; whose salary, by statutory requirement, is set by the Governor; in public institutions of Higher Education; in the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General and State Treasurer; in county government organizations; in the Legislative and Judicial branches; within Massachusetts public authorities or other quasi-public agencies.

 

KEYDATES TO REMEMBER:

 

March 4, 2014               Commonwealth & Suffolk University Fellowship Information Session

                                       11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Ashburton Café Conference Room (Basement), One Ashburton Place, Boston

 

March 15, 2014             Suffolk University Admission applications due to be considered for a Suffolk Merit Fellowship Awarded

                                         

May 8, 2014                  Complete Suffolk University Admission and Commonwealth Fellowship applications due by 5:00 PM

 

Wk. of June 2, 2014      Commonwealth Suffolk Fellowship Selection Interviews: Candidates selected to participate in the interviews must interview in person

 

 

APPLICATIONS

 

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application deadlines are met.  These deadlines will be strictly enforced.  Late applications will disqualify candidates.  These deadlines include admission application to Suffolk University, submission of the Commonwealth Fellowship application to the Human Resources Division (HRD) with required signatures of approval.  Applicants are strongly advised to submit applications for secretariat/agency approvals well in advance of deadlines to ensure that application deadlines are met.  Within two business days of receipt, HRD will notify applicants of receipt of application.  If you submit an application and do not receive a receipt notification from HRD, you should call HRD immediately at 617-878-9829.  Commonwealth Suffolk Fellowship applications are due by 5:00 PM on May 8, 2014.

 

 

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE SUFFOLK FELLOWSHIP

 

 

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY ADMISSION AND APPLICATION

 

·         Suffolk University admission application information can be obtained by calling Leann Baldwin, the Suffolk University Institute for Public Service at 617-573-8330 or access the application online at www.suffolk.edu/grad or www.suffolk.edu/mpa.

 

·         Completed applications for admission must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admission by May 8, 2014.  Please mark applications "Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship Applicant.”

 

·         Careful attention should be given to the instructions contained in the application booklet, since all required material (including transcripts & recommendation letters) must be received before applications are considered complete and ready for review by the admissions committee.

 

·         DO NOT answer “yes” to questions that ask if your employer will pay your tuition on the Suffolk application. Even if you do not receive the Commonwealth Fellowship, you may be eligible for a Merit Fellowship through Suffolk University. If you indicate your employer is going to pay for your tuition, your application will not be eligible for this fellowship.

 

·         Please note if you do receive the Commonwealth Fellowship, any Suffolk University Merit Fellowship money you have been awarded will be void.

 

 
COMMONWEALTH SUFFOLK FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

 

·         Completed Commonwealth Suffolk Fellowship application and recommendation form is available below and on the Human Resources Division’s website.  Completed application forms with all requested signatures must be submitted to HRD by 5:00 PM Thursday, May 8, 2014

 

SELECTION

 

·         During the month of June 2014, a Selection Committee will conduct a screening process to select eligible applicants who meet both Commonwealth and Suffolk University eligibility criteria to appear for an oral interview conducted by the Selection Committee.  Selected applicants must appear in person for the interview with the Selection Committee that will select the fellowship recipient.

 

·         In selecting the fellowship recipient, the Selection Committee will place heavy emphasis on the candidate's past contributions and future potential to serve the public sector in a leadership role that significantly impacts the quality of programs and services. 

 

Address questions about the Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship to Deidre Travis Brown (617) 878-9896.

 


 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

Return Application by May 8, 2014 to:

Suffolk Fellowship Manager, Human Resources Division,

One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA  02108

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

Employee ID # :

 

Agency:

 

 

Work Address:

 

       ZIP:

 

Work Email Address:

 

Work Telephone:

 

Gender:   Male      Female

Race:   Asian/Pacific Islander

 Native American

 Black 

 White

 Hispanic                

Other

 

Please check all and fill in the blanks that apply:

 

I meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

   I am an Executive Branch Employee.  Specify Mgmt Level _____ or Job Grade _____

   State Police employee classified as Sergeant or above.  Specify Rank ________

   I am paid from the AA Subsidiary (check with payroll personnel)

   I occupy this position as a full time employee in an active and not in an "acting" capacity. 

   I have at least 12 months full time service with the Commonwealth

   I have at least four years of professional work experience

   How many of these years have been in the employment of the Commonwealth?  ____ years. 

               I have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

 

I have attached the following documents:

   Applicant Information and Checklist (this sheet)

   Current Resume                                               

   Supervisor's Recommendation 

   Acceptance Agreement                                    

   Leave of Absence Agreement                          

                 

Signature of Applicant:

 

Date:

 

 

Supervisor, Human Resources Director and Agency Head certify that the above information is correct:

Supervisor’s Signature:

 

Print Name:

 

Date:

 

HR Director’s Signature:

 

Print Name:

 

Date:

 

Agency Head’s Signature:

 

Print Name:

 

Date:

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

 

Student Application

 

 

Applicant’s Name:

 

Title:

 

Agency:

 

Supervisor’s Name:

 

Title and Address:

 

 

 

We would appreciate your candid response to the following (250-300 words per question):

 

 

 

1.         Describe your passion and vision for your work in state government and for your future.

            (Attach separate sheet, if necessary.)

 

 

 

 

 

2.         In reviewing the Suffolk University MPA course curriculum, what skills and tools are you seeking from your experience in the MPA career program?  

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Describe a professional accomplishment and how you believe the Suffolk University HH MPA program could have helped you to better achieve that accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return HRD Application by 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 8, 2014 to:

Deidre Travis Brown, Suffolk Fellowship Program Manager, Human Resources Division,

One Ashburton Place, #301, Boston, MA  02108


COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

 

SUPERVISOR'S RECOMMENDATION

 

 

Applicant’s Name:

 

Title:

 

Agency:

 

Supervisor’s Name:

 

Title and Address:

 

 

 

Please note that your recommendation is considered as part of the candidate's application, and the Selection Committee will take no action until this form is submitted.

 

We would appreciate your candid response to the following questions:

 

1.         What are your organization's objectives in sponsoring the applicant for the Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration? (Attach a separate sheet if necessary.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Please comment on the candidate's work record, professional potential and personal qualities.  (Attach a separate sheet if necessary.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return HRD Application by 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 8, 2014 to:

Deidre Travis Brown, Suffolk Fellowship Program Manager, Human Resources Division,

One Ashburton Place, #301, Boston, MA  02108


COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

                                                                                                           

 

ACCEPTANCE AGREEMENT

 

 

In accepting the Suffolk University Fellowship for the period from September 2014 - December 2015, I hereby agree that following graduation, I will continue to serve, on a full time basis, in Massachusetts State Government in the same or higher level for a minimum of two years or repay the salary received while attending the program.

 

If I do not serve for the full two years in the Commonwealth's service, I will repay the Commonwealth, on a proportional basis, the salary received while attending Suffolk, within 36 months of leaving the Commonwealth's service.  Said repayment shall be in proportion to the amount of the required two years that I did not serve in the employment of the Commonwealth following graduation.

 

In accepting this Fellowship, I understand that I must personally assume full responsibility for the cost of books and any fees required by Suffolk University.

 

Name:

 

Employee ID Number:

 

Title:

 

Agency:

 

Signature:

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE AGREEMENT (Includes Guidelines-Attached)

 

 

 

As a recipient of the Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration for the period September 2014 through December 2015, I hereby certify that I have read, understand and agree to comply with the attached “Guidelines Governing Leaves of Absence” during my assignment of the MPA Program at Suffolk University.  I will notify my agency payroll office on a weekly basis of my attendance and use of leave time for each payroll period.  At the close of each semester, I will submit to the appointing authority a completed and signed calendar of attendance to be reviewed for consistency with personnel/payroll records.

 

 

 

 

Name:

 

Employee ID Number:

 

Title:

 

Agency:

 

Signature:

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPLICATION

 

GUIDELINES GOVERNING LEAVES OF ABSENCE

 

Recipients of the Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship for Excellence in Public Administration receive full salary and benefits, including accrued sick leave and vacation credits while on half-time leave to attend the MPA Program at Suffolk University.  Since any individual selected for the Fellowship Award continues to be a paid employee of the Commonwealth, it is essential that accurate attendance and authorized leave records be maintained for payroll purposes.  The fellowship guidelines will therefore govern leaves of absence granted for participation in this program.

 

·         Fellowship recipients are expected to attend all classes as scheduled.

 

·         In instances where the Fellow is unable to attend classes, appropriate leave time will be charged.  For example, if the Fellow is unable to attend class due to illness, he/she will be charged sick leave for the day.

 

·         Any employee participating in this program is expected to return to the agency full-time for work assignment during vacation periods between semesters or to use available vacation or personal leave credits for such periods.

 

·         Any employee participating in this program will be expected to work their regular half-time schedule during vacation periods occurring within a semester as the other 18.75 hours will be largely devoted to academic-related projects or activities.

 

·         In order to ensure accurate payroll/leave records, the Fellow must enter his/her time and attendance via the employee self-service application, if applicable or contact their agency personnel/payroll office on a weekly basis to confirm attendance and notify the agency of appropriate leave to be charged in cases of absence.  The agency payroll office must record this information prior to issuing the individual's weekly paycheck.

 

·         At the close of each semester, the Fellow participating in the program must submit to the appointing authority a completed and signed Attendance Calendar.  The appointing authority is accountable for ensuring the information is consistent with agency personnel/payroll records, i.e., use of sick leave, vacation leave, paid personal leave.