Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the Maxwell School!  The Maxwell School at Syracuse University provides a dynamic community of public service minded professionals ready who want to lead, to be involved and who are committed to public service and global engagement.

The current COVID-19 global health crisis is sadly another reminder of the need for skilled professionals working on behalf of the public good.  Skills in evidenced-based decision making, data analysis, and integrated management solutions working across sectors and collaboratively with various governments and non-governmental organizations are necessary for effective public service delivery for both domestic and international policy challenges.  This current crisis simply amplifies this need.



Below is a message from our PAIA Department Chair... 

On May 21, the Chancellor of Syracuse University announced the “accelerated fall semester,” which means we will be welcoming students back to campus for in-person, residential classes this fall. We learned of this good news at the same time as the community, and therefore do not currently have specific details to share beyond what Chancellor Syverud indicated in his message

We realize this new academic calendar will have implications for you just as it will our faculty. Please know that we are working diligently—but thoughtfully and carefully—about how to best adapt to an accelerated timeline. We want to be sure to take time to plan for the revised schedule appropriately.
We will share additional information with you as quickly as possible regarding orientation, MPA colloquium, and the details for your fall coursework.


Robert Bifulco
Associate Dean, Chair, Professor 
Public Administration & International Affairs
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs


On April 8, to provide greater clarity for our admitted students, we made the decision to suspend on-campus instruction for the summer start of the MPA program.  Incoming MPA students will have several options for completing the program including a summer head start with remote learning options, as well as Fall in-person start, that still allows for a 12 month completion of the MPA (August to August).  The Public Affairs Colloquium will be moved to the week of August 24, allowing us to provide joint sessions for our new MPA and new MA IR students,. This is just another positive outcome of our creative problem solving, as now our new students will be able to develop an even stronger sense of student community across programs. 

These bright outcomes during these difficult times, bolsters our continued creative problem solving.   

We held a Virtual Q&A in regard to these changes to the MPA program for summer 2020:  Please view this here:


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