Admissions

Woman talking to student in the office about the admissions process.Thank 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.

The priority deadline for application to the MPA and MA IR degree programs is February 1st. We continue to accept applications for the MPA and MA IR programs through April 30. Only complete applications (including required official test scores) will be reviewed for admission and financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply by the February 1 priority deadline for full consideration. 

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.