Municipal Administration Program (MAP) (Re-developed as of July 1, 2015)

Registration is open from December 1st to January 13th for the Winter Term that will run from February to May 2017. Spaces are guaranteed for anyone who registers on or before January 13th. You can register online or print the form to send cheque payment by mail - see Assignment Schedule. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 - 48 hours, specific to your course that will include the link to access all materials from the AMCTO website. Registration will open July 2nd for the Fall Term. Come back and visit at the end of June, when details will be available.

MAP is one element of AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA). MAP is also one pre-requisite for applying for AMCTO's Accreditation Programs (CMO or AMP). It is recommended that the MAP Units are completed in order from 1 to 4 and taken one at-a-time.
MAP was re-developed for implementation of the new curriculum during the Fall 2015 Term.
Moving forward, the Certificate of Completion will be awarded once you have successfully completed all four units of MAP within a three-year timeline. However, anyone who completed the four units prior to July 1, 2015 and within the three-year timeline, was required to successfully write the Comprehensive Exam to receive the Certificate of Completion.
The FINAL MAP Comprehensive Exam dates were offered during the Winter 2016 Term. Any questions, please contact Rosita Bourke or 905-602-4294 ext. 225.

Following the re-development of MAP, the AMCTO Board of Directors has approved the granting of exemptions for Units of MAP to graduates of relevant courses of study from accredited Canadian Universities - MAP Equivalency Assessment Application form.


Unit 1 - Introduction to Local Government briefly traces the historical evolution of local government in Ontario, its adaptations to the pressures of growth and change, and the complex inter-governmental - and international - world in which local governments now operate. The rest of the unit mostly focuses on analyzing the external structure of local government.

MAP Unit 1 Outline 

Unit 3 - Municipal Financial Management examines financial management in local government. The discussion covers the changes and trends in municipal expenditures and revenues. It also explains the general nature and features of municipal accounting as well as evaluates the changing nature of municipal financial reporting requirements. the unit includes topics such as accountability for public funds, tax and non-tax revenue sources, operating and capital expenditures, and asset management.

MAP Unit 3 Outline

Unit 2 - Municipal Administrative Structure focuses on the internal structure and organization of local government in Ontario, the ever-challenging relations between councilors and staff, and the municipal policy-making process. It concludes with an introduction to the nature of municipal management that sets the tone for the remaining two units of the program.

MAP Unit 2 Outline

Unit 4 - Management in the Municipality surveys many facets of management, including the management of people, resources and information. It concludes with a lesson on the potential strategic management for aligning a municipality and its resources to confront and address unfolding challenges (of the sort described in the first lesson of the program) - thus bringing us full circle.

MAP Unit 4 Outline

All course materials are provided online including the unit textbook
Fee for each unit with PDF version of textbook is $395.50 (350.00 + 45.50 HST #R106732936)
Fee for each unit with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook is $435.05 (350.00 + 35.00 + 50.05 HST #R106732936
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes January 13th.

Challenging any MAP Unit

Applicants must have a minimum of 5-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or related courses to receive approval to challenge any unit of MAP. Challenging any unit of MAP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MAP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MAP Unit you are challenging.

Fee with PDF version of textbook: $248.60 per unit (220.00 + 28.60 HST #R106732936)
Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook:
$288.15 per unit (220.00 + 35.00 + 33.15 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in applying to challenge one or more units of MAP, submit the MAP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke


Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.