Atlantis Program

An elite transatlantic double degree program combining degrees at Maxwell and the Hertie School in Berlin

The Atlantis Program involves post-graduate work at two universities, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in the United States and the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany. This program is two years in length and results in two master's degrees, one from Syracuse University and another from the Hertie School.  

Atlantis students study in the program as a cohort, spending the first year of the two-year program at the Maxwell School, earning either a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. 

The second year of the program is spent at the Hertie School, pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of International Affairs (MIA) program. During their studies, students develop and complete a professional internship and a master's thesis under the supervision of Hertie School faculty. 


Students interested in pursuing the Atlantis Program should apply for admission to either the MPA or MAIR program OR the Hertie School and follow the indicated instructions. Students must be accepted by one of these schools to join the program. 

Financial Assistance
Students admitted via the Maxwell School who participate in the Atlantis program are considered for merit-based financial aid through our regular awards process for their first year of study. In the second year, they may qualify for need-based assistance from the Hertie School in the form of a 25% tuition waiver.

Students admitted via the Hertie School who participate in the Atlantis program are considered for need/merit based financial aid for their studies at Hertie via their regular awards process. For their first year of study in the US at the Maxwell School/SU, Atlantis students are granted a 35% tuition discount and a cash scholarship of $4,000.  They are also eligible for need-based travel awards to help assist with airfare to Germany. 

For more information on this unique program, visit the Atlantis Dual Degree Program Website.