MemberLearn Online Courses

Structure and Function of Cities


Elected officials and other city officials new to municipal government



This course will help all elected officials (as well as other city officials new to municipal government) understand the structure and function of cities. Participants will understand the types of cities that operate in the state of Minnesota, the implications for your role on the council, and the limitations of what cities can and cannot do.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Learn about the different types of cities in Minnesota and their administrative structures.
  • Understand how the different structures change your job as an elected official.
  • Gain an understanding of how the different administrative structures dictate what you can and cannot do as a city.


Subject matter expert

Amber Eisenschenk, Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities


Videos, whiteboard animations, scenario-based interactives, and infographics — learn more about MemberLearn here.


0 – 20 users = $15 per user

21 – 50 users = $10 per user

Over 51 users = $7 per user

Please note: The above prices apply per order, not per city. To receive the bulk discounts, your city needs to register everyone for this course at once.


When you purchase a course in MemberLearn, you’re able to access it at any time and it will not expire — so you can learn at your own pace and review the material as much as you’d like.