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Master of Public Administration

Prepare to lead positive change through a rigorous yet efficient array of skills-building courses.

  • On campus, in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 40 credits plus optional internships
  • Complete full-time in 12 to 18 months

Executive Master of Public Administration

Fill gaps in your knowledge while tailoring a program to your career goals—seven years of experience required.

  • On campus, in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 30 credits
  • Complete on a part- or full-time basis

Executive Master of Public Administration Online

Move forward with your education without stepping back from your career—five to seven years of experience required.

  • Online
  • 30 credits
  • Complete part-time in as few as 15 months

PhD in Public Administration

Educate the next generation of public service leaders and conduct research that moves the field of public administration and policy analysis forward.

  • On campus, in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 72 credits (36 credits beyond the M.A.)
  • Full-time residential program, typically completed in 4.5 years

Public Administration Dual Master’s Degrees

Reach your goals faster by earning two graduate degrees at the same time.

  • M.P.A./M.A. in international relations
  • Dual M.P.A./M.A. in international relations, or an M.P.P./M.A. in international relations (Atlantis Program)
  • Dual J.D./M.P.A.
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Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s

Academically accomplished undergraduate Maxwell students interested in continuing their education can apply to earn a master’s in public administration or international relations from the Maxwell School with just one additional year of study beyond the B.A.—inclusive of an experience-building internship. Interested students should contact the department and apply in their junior year.

Palmer Career Center

Graduate professional students of the Maxwell School benefit from the expertise and resources of Maxwell’s in-house center for career development, where you’ll find a team of professionals dedicated to your career success. From resume workshops and interview coaching, to networking events and workshops, to personalized guidance from staff advisors and an alumni network like no other, the Palmer Career Center is here to help prepare you for a bright future in public service.

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Taylor Hamilton '18

I am Maxwell.

I believe inequity can only be addressed by developing public policy solutions that work for all, and by learning from effective policy approaches employed by other countries.” Alumna Taylor Hamilton has put her academic training to good use as a public policy and management consultant. Hamilton was recently named a Luce Scholar, an honor that will provide a major boost toward her aspirations.

Taylor Hamilton ’18 M.P.A./M.A. (International Relations)

Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

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