Admissions Information for Professional Degree Programs

Want to leave the world a better place than you found it? Graduates of the Maxwell School’s professional programs are prepared to lead and to have a meaningful impact in their communities. In fact, a strong commitment to the public good is a fundamental aspect of Maxwell’s global community.

We are looking for applicants who show an understanding of the professional nature of the field with clearly identified career goals that are aligned with our school’s mission, as well as the ability to handle graduate-level coursework.  

Degree Programs

PAIA offers a variety of degree programs in public administration and international relations, adapted to meet your needs based on where you are in your career path and delivering the degree in a format that fits into your schedule, with options at Maxwell’s Syracuse campus; in Washington, D.C.; and online.

Follow the links below to learn more about the admissions process and requirements for each of our degree programs. If you’re not sure which program is the best fit for you, visit our Degree Comparison page for a snapshot view of the programs we offer.


MPA & MAIR Programs

Master of Public Administration

Master of Arts in International Relations

Dual Degree programs

>> View Admissions information for our MPA and MAIR programs.


Midcareer Programs

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR)

Executive Master of International Relations in DC (EMIR in DC)

Executive Master of Public Administration Online (Online EMPA)

Dual Degree program (EMIR/EMPA)

>> View Admissions information for our Executive degree programs.


PhD in Public Administration (PhD PA)

Certificate Programs