Executive Master of International Relations in Washington, D.C.

The first executive degree in international relations offered by a major research university in cooperation with a leading global think tank

The Executive Master of International Relations in Washington, D.C. (EMIR in DC), offered in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is intended for midcareer professionals who are looking to advance their career and deepen their understanding of critical global issues.

Leveraging the strengths of both the Maxwell School and CSIS, this unique master's program is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from scholars at a preeminent international policy think tank while earning a degree from a top-ranked school for graduate education in public affairs.

Flexible format designed for busy professionals

Our EMIR in DC program offers midcareer students a 30-credit (10-course) curriculum that can be completed part-time in as few as 18 months. Our program accommodates demanding schedules by offering evening seminars and short, intensive sessions.

The EMIR in DC program integrates core courses with career track requirements, regionally focused seminars, and electives to provide a solid, yet dynamic and flexible foundation, to furnish aspiring leaders with the skills and global perspective needed for career advancement.

Skill and experience based curriculum

Our courses combine practical knowledge, case studies, and simulations with academic research and professional skill-building.

Combining academic excellence and real-world experience

Beyond offering a rigorous academic foundation, the program provides opportunities to work alongside leading policy experts, to contribute personal research and policy recommendations, and to receive professional training targeted at advancement in government, business, and non-profit sectors.

Given the complexity of today's global environment, it is more important than ever to have an interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges facing the international community. This program allows professionals to grasp this information while applying innovative thinking to real-world scenarios.

The EMIR in DC program enriched Xiaoxu’s knowledge of international affairs and prepared him to couple his newly gained knowledge of policy analysis and policymaking with his background in infectious disease surveillance in order to support global health engagement and humanitarian efforts.

Sofia Greco

~ Xiaoxu Lin ’18 EMIR in DC

Captain & Microbiologist, US Army


Distinguished faculty and scholars for a cross-sector education

Students work closely with Syracuse- and Washington-based Maxwell faculty, as well as with leading scholars and fellows from CSIS. This combination of learning from academics at a research-intensive university and from practitioner-scholars who have worked at high levels in government, nonprofit, and private sectors, provides a rich framework that bridges theory and practice and is specifically tailored to the needs and goals of the midcareer student.

Visit our faculty page to learn more about these prominent educators and researchers.

Unparalleled learning environment

Our EMIR in DC program offers a unique laboratory to both observe and study international relations first-hand. CSIS is renowned for informing decision makers and shaping critical foreign policy debates around the globe.

The Center hosts more than 500 public events annually, welcoming the world’s leaders and top minds in international security, including foreign cabinet ministers, heads of state, civil society representatives, journalists, and business executives.

Students have the opportunity to integrate further into life at CSIS through an immersive capstone project. The capstone gives students the chance to complete a substantive policy research project embedded in one of the thematic or regional programs at CSIS. As part of this experience, students take workshops designed to hone professional skills and to network with senior-level practitioners and policymakers.

Learn more about the Maxwell-CSIS partnership.

Executive Master of International Relations

Interested in studying international relations on our Syracuse campus? Learn more about our EMIR program for midcareer professionals.

How to apply

Visit our Admissions section for information about application requirements and deadlines, cost to attend, and financial aid.