Atlantis Program

Two world-class degrees, one elite transatlantic program

The Maxwell School in Syracuse and the Hertie School in Berlin

Students enrolled in the Atlantis Program will conduct master-level work at two universities: the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Syracuse, New York and the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany. The Atlantis Program is designed to enhance and foster E.U.-U.S. relations. The unique curriculum prepares future leaders to tackle contemporary challenges concerning European and United States security, foreign and development policy. This program is ideal for students who see their career transecting U.S. and E.U. affairs.

The Atlantis Program is two years in length and results in two master's degrees, one from Syracuse University and another from the Hertie School.  Students choose which program they want to study at each institution.

How to Apply

Students interested in pursuing the Atlantis Program should apply for admission to either the Maxwell School or the Hertie School, choosing programs in public administration and/or international affairs. Students must be accepted by one of these schools to join the program.

The following admission process is recommended:

  • If you are based in the United States, you can apply to the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (available master's degree options are public administration or international relations)
    • Indicate your interest in the Atlantis Program in your Statement of Purpose that is part of your application
  • If you are based outside of the United States, you can apply to the Hertie School (available degree options are public policy or international affairs)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • While prior study and exposure to the European Union and languages from this part of the world are helpful, it is not required for applicants to the Atlantis Program. 
  • The Hertie School’s language of instruction is English. 
  • Applications are not limited to citizens of the United States or the European Union. International students are welcome to apply.
  • The Atlantis cohort is typically 6-10 students every year.

Financial Assistance

The Maxwell School and the Hertie School both provide merit-based financial aid to their admitted students for their time of study.

  • The Maxwell Maxwell provides Hertie Atlantis students a 35% tuition scholarship and a $4,000 stipend to help support their time at Maxwell. 
  • The Hertie School provides Maxwell students a 25% tuition scholarship for their year at Hertie.
  • Maxwell School students are also eligible for need-based aid to assist with travel to Germany.