The Executive Master's in International Relations in Washington, D.C. (EMIR in DC) offers mid-career students a 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)

  • Africa 
  • Asia 
  • Europe 
  • Latin America 
  • Middle East 

Electives (choose three courses to complement your program of study, 9 credits)

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