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Executive Master of Public Administration


The EMPA prepares managers for the challenges of leading dynamic organizations in the public and nonprofit NGO and civil society sectors. EMPA Landing Page - Vanslyke David The degree attracts officials and professionals from around the globe, contributing to an exciting and unique learning environment.  Coursework invites students to examine issues from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.  The 30-credit EMPA can be completed in one calendar year or on a part-time basis, according to the schedule and career demands of the student.  A Certificate of Advanced Study  can also be pursued concurrently in a myriad of disciplines.  A dual degree  in EMPA and Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR) is also an option. An Executive Online MPA degree is also offered, to learn more visit the ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse program site.


The EMPA curriculum is purposely designed flexible so that the students can construct an individually tailored program of study that addresses their most important learning objectives. We understand that the working professionals come to the Maxwell School with a diverse set of skills and experiences, and often advanced degrees in other fields. To earn the EMPA, students must complete 30 credits worth of class work. 9 credits must be taken in the three core requirements as described below. The only other requirement is that in addition to the three core classes, the seven elective credits (21 credits) must include at least three courses (9 credits) that have a PAI course prefix, indicating they are courses delivered by the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

Three Required Courses

PAI 895 Executive Education Seminar
PAI 897 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
PAI 996 Master’s Project Course

Seven Elective Courses

EMPA students must take three elective courses (9 credits) that are delivered by the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and contain the course prefix of PAI.  The remaining four elective courses can be either PAI or other departments within the University.  Advisement with the EMPA program director is required.

Margaret Lane

Assistant Director, Executive Education
219 Maxwell Hall