Professional Degree Programs Comparison

Maxwell offers a range of degree and certificate programs in a variety of formats. We offer accelerated options for applicants with more experience looking to expand their skills or advance in their career in a flexible learning environment that fits their busy schedules. Dual degree programs allow students to customize their experience and complete two degrees in less time.

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Master of Public Administration

MPA

A comprehensive public management and policy analysis degree that prepares students for positions of leadership in the public sector.

Program Length

12 months

Curriculum

40 credits

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Application Deadline

February 1

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Master of Arts in International Relations

MAIR

A strong interdisciplinary approach to the field of international affairs, combining scholarship, research, and practical skills to serve global careers.

Program Length

16 months

Curriculum

40 credits
Internship required

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1

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Master of Public Administration / Master of International Relations

MPA/IR

Brings together an invaluable experience of international expertise and public management skills.

Program Length

24 months

Curriculum

58 credits
Internship required

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1

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Master of Arts in International Relations / Master of Public Relations

MAIR/MSPR

Prepares students for careers in public advocacy for government and international organizations.

Program Length

24 months

Curriculum

58 credits
Internship required

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1

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Master of Arts in International Relations / Master of Economics

MAIR/MA in Economics

Provides rigorous course of study for a strong grounding in economic concepts to be applied to global issues of governance and policy.

Program Length

24 months

Curriculum

58 credits
Internship required

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1

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Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration

MPA/JD

For students seeking a career in law that intersects with the public policy arena.

Program Length

36 months

Curriculum

72 credits (JD)
27 credits (MPA)

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT (non-SU students)
LSAT (SU students)
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1
May only apply before or during your initial year at SU College of Law.

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Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in International Relations

JD/MAIR

For students seeking a career in law that has an international affairs focus, particularly relevant to careers where there are many layers of legal authority.

Program Length

36 months

Curriculum

72 credits (JD)
27 credits (MAIR)

Location

Syracuse

Experience

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

GRE or GMAT (non-SU students)
LSAT (SU students)
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

February 1
May only apply before or during your initial year at SU College of Law.

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Atlantis Program

MPA or MAIR/MPP or MIA

Building the next generation of transatlantic policy specialists

Program Length

24 months

Location

Syracuse & Berlin

Many students have 2-5 years of work, internship, or volunteer experience.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 1 for fall entry
November 1 for spring entry

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Executive Master of Public Administration

EMPA

Prepares managers for the challenges of leading organizations in the public and private sectors in the midst of dynamic global change.

Program Length

12-84 months

Curriculum

30 credits

Location

Syracuse

Experience

7 or more years of work experience in a position with significant organizational or managerial responsibility

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 1 for fall entry
November 1 for spring entry

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Executive Master of Arts in International Relations

EMIR

Focuses on the global arena, highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in a dynamic, international environment

Program Length

12-84 months

Curriculum

30 credits

Location

Syracuse

Experience

7 or more years of work experience in a position with significant organizational or managerial responsibility

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 1 for fall entry
November 1 for spring entry

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Executive Master of Public Administration / Executive Master of Arts in International Relations

EMPA/EMIR

Integrates the opportunities and challenges in the global arena with leading organizations in the public and private sectors

Program Length

12-84 months

Curriculum

51 credits

Location

Syracuse

Experience

7 or more years of work experience in a position with significant organizational or managerial responsibility

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 1 for fall entry
November 1 for spring entry

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Executive Master of Arts in International Relations in DC

EMIR

For midcareer professionals looking to advance their career and deepen their understanding of critical global issues

Program Length

18-20 months, part-time

Curriculum

30 credits

Location

Washington, DC

Experience

7 or more years of work experience in a position with significant organizational or managerial responsibility

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 1 for fall entry
November 1 for spring entry

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Online Executive Master of Public Administration

EMPA

Prepares experienced public servants to advance within government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Program Length

15-30 months

Curriculum

30 credits

Location

Online

Experience

5 or more years of work experience in a position with significant organizational or managerial responsibility

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree
TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year-round

Priority Deadlines
July 31 for fall October entry
November 6 for January entry
February 6 for April entry
May 8 for July entry

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Civil Society Organizations

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Moynihan Institute's Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MPA
MAIR

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Conflict Resolution

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
DC
Online

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MPA
MAIR
EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC
Online EMPA

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E-Government Management and Leadership

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC

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Environmental Decision Making

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Curriculum

15 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

EMPA

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European Union and Contemporary Europe

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Moynihan Institute's Center for European Studies at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MAIR

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Health Services Management and Policy

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MPA
EMPA

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Latin American/Caribbean Studies

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Moynihan Institute's Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MAIR

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Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC

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Middle Eastern Affairs

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Moynihan Institute's Middle Eastern Studies Program at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MAIR

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Post-Conflict Reconstruction

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC
Online

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MPA
MAIR
EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC
Online EMPA

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Public Administration

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC

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Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study

Curriculum

15 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC

Format

Standalone
Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC

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Security Studies

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse
Washington, DC
Online

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MPA
MAIR
EMPA
EMIR
EMIR in DC
Online EMPA

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South Asian Studies

CAS

Certificate of Advanced Study
Offered with the Moynihan Institute's South Asia Center at the Maxwell School

Curriculum

12 credits

Location

Syracuse

Format

Concurrent with a degree program

Degree Programs

MAIR

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