Cost & Financial Aid

Professional graduate study represents an important, and not inexpensive, investment in your future. As a university and school, we are committed to helping you prepare for the true costs of study - tuition, fees, and living expenses

Maxwell's MPA, MAIR, MA Public Diplomacy & Global Communications (PDGC) and midcareer degree programs are among the best available anywhere, and they also prove to be more affordable than similar degrees at many peer institutions. Our programs are time-condensed, and the cost of living in Central New York is remarkably reasonable. These factors, combined with the department's ability to provide financial assistance to a majority of our incoming MPA, MA  IR and PDGC students, helps our students manage the financial burdens of a high-quality professional degree program.

A detailed summary of costs and available merit-based funding is provided to help in planning for the cost of attendance. To assist in your research, we have also prepared a comparison of costs based on publicly available information on the programs at other schools.

We hope this information is helpful in planning for the financial obligations of graduate study at Maxwell. If you ever have questions, please contact us at paia@maxwell.syr.edu or 315-443-4000.

Tuition

Tuition is charged per credit hour.  The tuition rate for 2020-21 is $1,683 per credit hour.  Tuition increases occur on May 1 of each year. The estimated tuition cost for the 2021-22 academic year is $1,750 per credit hour, and $1820* for the 2022-23 academic year. Below are ESTIMATED ANTICIPATED costs for the 2020-21 AY. 

MPA, MAIR, MPA/IR and MA Public Diplomacy & Global Communications, for 2020 - 2021 

Below are the estimated tuition charges and fees for PAIA's most popular degree/ dual degree programs, with estimated personal costs for graduate students in Syracuse. 

MPA Costs

Most full-time traditional MPA students will complete their course of study in the following configuration:

MPA Tuition
Semester Credits Estimated Costs
Summer I  7 Credits (all core requirements)  $11,781
Fall I ** 12-15 Credits $20,196 - 25,245
Spring I ** 12-15 Credits $20,196 - 25,245
Summer II  6 Credits (all core requirements)  $10,500*
TOTAL TUITION    $67,772*


*Based on projected annual tuition increase

** Most students will take 12 credits during either the fall or spring semester, and 15 during the other. The total tuition figure given assumes this combined 27 credit total in fall and spring.

MAIR Costs

Most full-time traditional MAIR students will complete their 16-month course of study in the following configuration:

MAIR Tuition
Semester Credits  Estimated Costs 
Fall I  12 Credits $20,196
Spring I 12 Credits $20,196
Summer I  7 Credits (two classes/capstone course)  $12,250*
Fall II 9 Credits (Internship/Global Program) $15,750*
TOTAL TUITION    $68,392*


* Based on projected annual tuition increase


Joint MPA/MAIR Cost

This configuration of costs also applies to MPA students who combine their degree with an MA Econ.  Most full-time joint MPA/IR students will complete their course of study in the following configuration:

MPA/MAIR Tuition
Semester  Credits Estimated Costs 
Summer I 7 Credits (all core requirements)  $11,781
Fall I 12 Credits $20,196
Spring I 12 Credits $20,196
Summer II 6 Credits $10,500*
Fall II 12 Credits $21,000*
Spring II 9 Credits $15,750* 
TOTAL TUITION    $99,423*


* Based on projected annual tuition increase

MA Public Diplomacy & Global Communications Costs***

Most full-time PDGC students will complete their course of study in the following configuration: 

MAIR/MSPR Tuition
Semester  Credits  Estimated Costs 
Summer I  6 credits (all core requirements)  $10,098
Fall I 12 credits  $20,196
Spring I 12 credits  $20,196
Summer II 4 credits  $7,000*
Fall II 9 credits $15,750*
TOTAL TUITION   $73,240*


* Based upon projected annual tuition increase

Joint MAIR/MA Economics Costs

Most full-time MAIR/MA Economics students will complete their course of study in the following configuration: 

MAIR/MA Economics Tuition
Semester  Credits  Estimated Costs 
Fall I   12 credits   $20,196
Spring I  15 credits  $25,245
Summer I  7 credits (internship /one class/capstone course)  $12,250*
Fall II  12 credits   $21,000*
Spring II  12 credits  $21,200*
TOTAL TUITION    $99,691*


* Based upon projected annual tuition increase

Midcareer Programs

EMPA, EMIR, EMIR in DC

All of our midcareer programs may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students have the flexibility to construct their program according to the timeline best suited to their needs. Students are billed for number of credits they take each semester.

Tuition for these programs is currently $1,620 per credit, making the total cost for the 30-credit program $48,600, using rates applicable for 2019-20. Note that tuition rates are subject to reassessment and may change each academic year. Estimated costs for the 2020-21 AY for the 30-credit program are $50,550. 

The EMIR in DC is designed as a part-time program and billed by the credit hour. A typical student will take 21 credits in the first calendar year.

Please note that tuition and fees listed below do not apply to the Online EMPA program. Students admitted to the online program should refer to the Online EMPA program website for detailed cost information

The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Syracuse University for an academic year.

Direct Expenses

EMIR in DC, EMPA, EMIR Direct Expenses
Applied Program and Duration Certificate of Advanced Study
(12 credits)
(one semester/4 months)
EMPA/EMIR Master's Degree
(30 credits)
(One calendar year/12 months)

Tuition ($1,685 per credit, estimated 2020-21)

$20,220 $50,550
Health Services / Student Activity Fee (current yr rate) 434
868
Application Fee 75 75
Executive Education Fee 30 60
TOTAL $20,759 $51,553

Indirect expenses are not billed by Syracuse University; however, estimates for these expenses are included in the Cost of Attendance for your planning purposes. Examples of indirect expenses include books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Please note that these are only estimates, your actual indirect expenses may be different.

Indirect Expenses

MPA, MAIR, EMIR in DC, EMPA, EMIR Indirect Expenses
Books & Supplies $939
Transportation $1,481
Personal Expenses $2,039
Housing $10,121
Meals $3,835
Subtotal (without Health Insurance) $18,415
Health Insurance Premium (covers 12 months) $1,730
TOTAL $20,145

EMPA Online

$1,964 per credit, making the total cost for the 30-credit program $58,920. Note that tuition rates are subject to reassessment and may change each academic year.

Fees

All students are charged two mandatory fees over the fall and spring semesters only. Fees listed below are expected for the 2019-20 academic year.

All graduate students must also carry mandatory health insurance. A university student health plan is available for students who are not covered on outside plans. Fees for this plan vary depending on level of coverage selected. Most student-only coverage plans are around $2,000.

Students in the MAIR and PDGC programs can expect to pay fees for their initial fall and spring terms on campus. Students in the joint programs will pay fees for two years.

Fees
Fees 
Estimated Costs 
Student Activity / Health Services Fee $434 per semester
TOTAL FEES (for one year) $868 per academic year

Living Expenses

Off campus housing is quite affordable in the CNY area.  There is a nice availability of housing near the University.  Many students share "flats" with others in the program and rents can range anywhere from $350 to $750 per month.

Students should expect expenses for books to range anywhere from $450-$700 per semester and up to $200 for each summer term.

Given these estimates and recently updated cost-of-living data for Central New York, the department estimates a comfortable living expense at $1,600 per month for graduate students. Obviously, individual students will have different financial needs and expenses may vary from this estimate. Gauge your own lifestyle needs accordingly when planning finances.

For MAIR and PDGC students completing their professional internship, costs of living will vary greatly during the affected summer and fall terms, depending on which US-based or global program the student selects.  Students may apply for competitive awards to assist with financing abroad internships.