Dual Degree Programs

Customize your educational experience to fit your career goals through one of our dual degree programs and earn two master’s degrees in less time than it would take to complete the degree programs separately.

Public Administration and International Relations

Combining Maxwell's professional degrees in a powerful two-year program

Students will earn a master's degree in both public administration and international relations in two years (58 credits). Students may apply directly to this dual degree program or add the second degree once admitted.

M.P.A./International Relations graduates have a distinctive professional advantage with their management and policy expertise. This dual program offers excellent preparation for professions in government, global consulting firms, NGOs and international organizations.

Approximately 20 students are admitted to this dual degree program each year. You can choose to participate in two semesters away from the Syracuse campus (summer and fall of their second year) if they desire. Completing a professional internship is required for the international relations program.

There are many ways to structure the dual degree, and your plan will vary based on your curricular interests and desire to study abroad or off-campus.

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Law and Public Administration

Students complete the JD/Master of Public Administration joint degree program in just three years of study — the same time required of a JD alone — and are prepared for successful careers in either field. Many will move across sectors over the course of their careers utilizing both the legal analysis and public sector policy skills on a variety of law and policy issues including: environmental law, health care law, national security, tax policy and finance, immigration law and policy and more.

Through the JD/MPA dual degree program, Sven-Erik acquired the skills to analyze and assess policy issues and the expertise to separate out legal rules and provisions, providing him with tools perfectly adapted to his work at the EPA.

Sven-Erik Kaiser

~ Sven-Erik Kaiser ’86 JD/MPA

Congressional Liaison, U.S. EPA


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