For Current PAIA Students

The PAIA department takes pride in supporting students, helping you tap the exceptional resources at SU and the Maxwell School, and ensuring you get the most out of the opportunities available to you as a Maxwell student.

Provided here are important links and information that you will use during your time with us.

If you ever have questions - about classes, policies, or campus life - please get in touch with us.

Contact Information

EMPA & EMIR Students

Visit us at 219 Maxwell Hall, e-mail us at, or call us at 315-443-3759.

MPA, MAIR, & PhD Students

Visit us at 215 Eggers Hall, e-mail us at, or call us at 315-443-4000.

Resources for All Students

PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group

Syracuse University Directory

Academic Calendar

EMPA & EMIR Students

Midcareer students will find information about fellow students, course offerings, and course descriptions on the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group.

MPA & MAIR Students

Policies & Procedures

All MPA and MAIR students should refer frequently to their class handbooks, available here as PDFs. Students may also refer to the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group

Off-Campus Studies & Training (Domestic & International)

Any students doing practical training, such as internships or other studies, in a location other than Syracuse University's campus in Syracuse, New York, must follow the Requirements for Off-Campus Studies Guide], which is available in the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group.

For a guide to all paperwork necessary for any Off-Campus training or studies, including Global Programs, refer to the 2018 Requirements for Off-Campus Studies Guide, available on the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group

Global Programs

Global Programs Award Application

Any PAIA student engaging in any off-campus, credit-bearing opportunity, nationally or internationally, is eligible for a Global Programs Award. The award application is made available each semester. Students should watch for this announcement in their SU e-mail account.

Practicum Forms

All students must fill out the appropriate internship proposal and independent study forms, even if their global program already has an internship element as part of the program. A faculty advisor is required for a credit-bearing internship or an independent study. Download the forms from Syracuse University Registrar's Forms and submit completed forms to the Global Programs Coordinator.

Program Application Forms

Students are required to submit applications for all global program opportunities through either the Maxwell-in-Washington Program or SU Abroad.

Study Abroad Forms

Students participating in opportunities outside of the United States are required to comply with the Protocols for Students Traveling Abroad for Academic Purposes (SU Abroad programs excluded). Students must sign the Condition of Participation and submit it to the Global Programs Coordinator.

Protocols for Students Traveling Abroad for Academic Purposes >>

Condition of Participation >>


Internship requirements are designed to ensure that each experience serves a practical training purpose, equipping the student to enter the job market upon completion of the degree. To understand which internships qualify for academic credit and the assignments involved, please refer to the internship section of the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group.

Visit the Global Programs page for a complete list of internship opportunities.

Check out The Stacks: PAIA at Home & Abroad, a blog featuring student reflections on their internship experiences.

For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, please e-mail the Global Programs Coordinator, Isaac Olson at

Note: While the Global Programs Coordinator will provide advice and counsel on organizations for you to consider, facilitate contacts at these organizations, and review your application materials for any internship position, the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs does not provide direct placement within organizations. This is to ensure that the organization and position meet your specific needs and allow you the opportunity to successfully conduct an international relations job search.

Course Schedules and Listings

Current Class Schedules

Please consult the Class Search Function of MySlice and the resources page of the PAIA and Executive Students Blackboard site for current semester classes.

Schedule an appointment with Josh Kennedy to discuss your schedule.

Schedule Appointment

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Official course descriptions can be found online through the Syracuse University Course Catalog. More detailed course descriptions and syllabi are available on the PAIA and Executive Students Blackboard site.

For students not in these programs, please contact the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

Registration Waitlist Spring 2021

Use the online form to register for a waitlist. The PAIA department will monitor and move students off the waitlist after registration begins for main campus graduate students on December 7, 2020.  Waitlist requests before this date will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

In the meantime, you will want to register for a back-up course selection. In previous years, the department has been able to accommodate the majority of students on the waitlists, but you might not be pulled off the list until the first week of classes.

Plan to attend the class that interests you during the first week, even if you were not able to pre-register for it. We will contact you if you are able to get into a wait-listed class. Thanks in advance for your patience during this process!

Submit Course Waitlist Request