Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply?
A: Information about
graduate study at Syracuse University can be found here: http://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/. You must apply via an online application
materials can be mailed to: Graduate
Enrollment Management Center of Syracuse University, Online Application
Materials, P.O. Box 35060 Syracuse, NY 13235
Q: Do you require GREs?
A: No, degrees in
Executive Education- the EMPA, EMIR and CAS- do not require GREs for admission.
Q: Is this an appropriate degree for people
seeking to enter the public, NGO or nonprofit sector, or just for those already
in those sectors?
Yes, this degree is for everyone including applicants seeking to enter these
Q: What exactly do you mean by 7 years of
You must have at least 7 years of profession managerial or public policy
experience by the time you begin your degree.
Q: What is the
A: We will accept international and domestic applications
for the Fall semester until June 1st. We will accept international and domestic
applications for the Spring semester until November 1st.
Q. What TOEFL scores
do you require?
A: We look for minimum
scores of 92 or higher (internet-based test); 580 (written test); or 237 (computer-based test) for unconditional
admission. There are options for those
with scores below the minimum requirements:
Syracuse University English Language Institute (http://eli.syr.edu/) or
improving English skills in one’s own country before re-taking the TOEFL.
Q: What kind of flexibility is there for EMPA
a bit. Courses include (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/exed/Degree_Programs/EMPA/Overview/) : 3 core course requirements and 3 additional
PAI courses according to your area of interest. This leaves 4 courses which may
be a combination of PAI and other Graduate Level courses in accordance to your
study of interest.
kind of flexibility is there for EMIR courses?
A: EMIR courses include (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/exed/Degree_Programs/EMIR/Overview/) : 2 core course requirements; 1 signature course; 3 career track courses; 1
regional course; 3 PAI elective courses.
EMIR have different entry requirements than the EMPA?
A: All International Relations students,
including EMIR, must show proficiency in a second language (http://maxwell.syr.edu/paia/degrees/MAIR_Language_Requirement/).
Q. What courses can I take for a Certificate
of Advanced Study in Public Administration (CAS-PA)?
A: CAS-PA (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/exed/certificates/sa-public_admin/overview/) is 12-credit stand-alone certificate and requires
that all 12 credits (4 courses) be in Department of Public Administration and
International Affairs (PAIA), or have the PAI prefix. There is one required course.
other stand-alone CAS options are available?
A: Executive Education offers Certificates of
Advanced Study (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/exed/certificates/Overview/) in Public
Administration, Conflict Resolution, Health Services Management and Policy; and
Leadership of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Each has its own requirements- consult the CAS page to learn more.
Q: Is there an opportunity to complement my
Master’s degree with a Certificate of Advanced Study?
A: Yes! A
concurrent Certificate of Advanced Study is a popular option with many students
and a key feature in the flexibility of the Executive Education degree at the
Maxwell School. There are numerous
options, click here (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/exed/certificates/Overview/) for
concurrent CAS options. Yes,
during your first advisement session you can map out your program of study and
complete the Internal Admission application process for a Certificate of
Q: Is there flexibility of the timeframe to
complete my Master’s degree?
Yes, you can enroll full-time, which usually takes 1 year to complete the
degree, or you can enroll part-time (domestic students) and map out a program
of study with your academic advisor to complete within 7 years.
Q: What is the class
A: Executive Education students are diverse – from 15-20
countries, 45-50% international, experienced in all 3 sectors (private, public,
non-governmental), a mix of genders and generally between 30-55 years of age.
Q: Where can I learn about Public
Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) courses?
A: Our handbooks of Public
Administration (2017-2018 MAIR handbook)
and International Relations (https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/paia/degrees/PAIA_Degree_Programs/)
are quite comprehensive.
Q: Where can I learn about Maxwell faculty?
A: There are over 150
faculty members of the Maxwell School.
You can learn about each one here. (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/Faculty/)
Q: Is it mandatory to
attend an Orientation prior to beginning coursework?
A: Yes. The Fall and Spring orientation usually takes place
the week before classes begin. This serves as an introduction to the program, faculty,
colleagues, department, and logistics for graduate Level coursework.
Q: Are there
possibilities for funding?
A: We suggest for international students that they visit
their American Embassy for possible scholarships, as well as funding for their
region of the world. For domestic students we suggest applying for Graduate
Q: Do I have to pay
the $75 application fee or can that be waived?
A: Yes, all applicants must pay the application fee, it
cannot be waived.
can I do to ensure receiving my visa documents in a timely manner?
A: Include all information about funding for
any dependents who will join you, as well as their name as written on their
passport, each person’s city of birth, and country of birth.
Q: How do I find housing in Syracuse?
is no University-sponsored housing for graduate students. Consult these resources:
Off Campus and Commuter Services (http://occs.syr.edu/)
Orange Housing (http://www.orangehousing.com/) (NOT affiliated with Syracuse University)
Craig’s List (http://syracuse.craigslist.org/) (NOT affiliated with Syracuse University)
Plan to stay in temporary housing 2-3 days while
searching for more permanent arrangements.
International students should refer to the Temporary
Accommodation Information sent by the Slutzker Center for International
Services (http://international.syr.edu/). We strongly recommend that you do not sign
a lease for any off campus housing without seeing the property
Q: Do I need a
Student ID before I arrive on campus?
A: No. Please visit Steele Hall, 106 once you arrive on
campus to have a photo taken and they will print your ID right there.
Q: How do I get my
books for classes?
A: Check your course syllabi for required textbooks. Many textbooks, but not all, are available to
order in advance at the Syracuse University Bookstore website (http://syracuse.verbacompare.com/).
The website lists all books required for courses.
Q: How do I order an
A: Please visit (http://www.syr.edu/registrar/students/transcripts.html)
for instructions and forms on how to order a transcript.