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Maxwell / Department of Public Administration & International Affairs


admissions-overviewThank you for your interest in PA and IR degrees at the Maxwell School.

Admission to the MPA and MAIR programs is highly selective. Successful candidates demonstrate both an ability to perform graduate level work and a commitment to public service. Professional background and leadership experience are also highly desirable.

PAIA also seeks diversity in its student body and invites applications from all over the world.

Completed applications are reviewed from early January through March 1 with an application deadline of February 1. Early application is encouraged and applications received after February 1 will be reviewed only as remaining class vacancies allow.

Financial aid decisions are made separately from admissions decisions. All financial awards will be made on or around March 15. All students will receive an email notification regarding financial awards (even if no award is made) no later than April 1.

Student interview regarding building on experience Be sure to review the criteria and requirements detailed in this website. Then, when you are ready to apply, you may do so online via the Syracuse University On-line Maxwell School Application via College Net.

We appreciate your interest in the Maxwell School and hope you will decide to join us for your studies.

Related Programs

PhD in Public Administration. If applying for our doctoral program, begin here.

Mid-career Programs. If you are a current professional with seven or more years of experience, you may be interested in Maxwell's Executive Education degrees and certificate programs. Public service professionals working anywhere in the world with five or more years of managerial experience may also be interested in our Online EMPA program.