EMIR in DC
The Executive Master's in International Relations in Washington, D.C. (EMIR in DC) offers mid-career
30-credit (10-course) curriculum, capitalizing on the numerous strengths of both
the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Students work closely with Syracuse and Washington-based Maxwell faculty as well as with leading scholars and fellows from CSIS. This combination of learning from academics
at a research-intensive university and from practitioner-scholars, who have
worked at high levels in and out of government, provides a rich framework to
bridge theory and practice, specifically tailored to the needs and goals of the
mid-career student. The EMIR in DC integrates core courses with career track
requirements, regionally focused seminars, and electives to provide a solid, yet
dynamic and flexible foundation to furnish aspiring leaders with the skills and global perspective needed for career advancement.
The EMIR in DC offers a unique laboratory to both observe and study international relations first-hand. CSIS is renowned for informing decision makers and shaping critical foreign policy debates around the globe. The Center hosts more than 500 public events annually, welcoming the
world’s leaders and top minds in international security, including foreign
cabinet ministers, heads of state, civil society representatives, journalists,
and business executives.
Students will have the opportunity to integrate further into
life at CSIS through an immersive capstone project. The capstone will give students the chance to complete a substantive policy research project while
embedded in one of the thematic or regional programs at CSIS. As part of this
experience, students take workshops designed to hone professional skills
and to network with senior-level practitioners and policymakers.
Specific course listings are provided by the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs each semester. While specific course offerings may differ, the curricular building blocks of the EMIR in DC are identical to the EMIR on campus, sharing the same required courses, career tracks, and regional foci.
The EMIR degree requirements are divided into four elements:
- 3 required core courses
- 3 career track courses
- 1 regional course
- 3 elective courses
Required Core and Signature Courses (9 credits)
- PAI 895: Executive Education Seminar on Global Leadership
- PAI 996: Master’s Application Project (Capstone Project)
- PSC 783: Comparative Foreign Policy
EMIR in DC Career Tracks (choose three courses within a Track, 9 credits)
- Global Security & Intelligence
- Foreign Policy
- Global Markets
- Global Development
- Public Diplomacy
Regional Foci (choose one regional course, 3 credits)
- Latin America
- Middle East
Electives (choose three courses to complement your program of study, 9 credits)
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