12 months
30294 USD/year
30294 USD/year
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Maxwell's Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University has a global reputation for producing graduates with the fundamental public management and policy analysis skill set required by employers in public, non-profit, and private sector organizations - both domestic and international.


The Syracuse University MPA is a 40-credit professional graduate degree designed to prepare students to lead and manage in the public sector.

Created nearly 90 years ago, it is one of the nation's first professional programs in public management and policy, and it is consistently ranked as the best public administration program in the United States.

Maxwell houses the Public Administration within a school of social sciences. This creates a unique legacy of interdisciplinary research and an unusually broad context for the study of public policy analysis and management. As a result, the skills gained from a Maxwell MPA prove highly transferable. They serve a varied career lasting a lifetime.

Skill-based curriculum

The core requirements of the MPA degree are balanced along three lines: policy analysis, public management, and public context. The nine core courses include a concerted focus on public affairs, public budgeting, public administration and democracy, public organizations and management, economics for public decisions, and executive leadership and policy politics.


Syracuse University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Programme Structure

Maxwell MPA Program Core Courses:

  • Public Affairs Colloquium
  • Public Budgeting
  • Public Administration and Democracy
  • Public Organizations and Management
  • Economics for Public Decisions
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • MPA Workshop
  • Executive Leadership and Policy Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • $75 application fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume (preferred) or CV
  • The GRE is no longer required for application to any of our PAIA master's degree programs
  • MPA: GRE recommended*
  • MAIR and PDGC: GRE optional**
  • English Proficiency Exam - TOEFL / IELTS score (international students only)
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts are not required at time of application, but will be necessary for matriculation into the program.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Syracuse

935 - 1370 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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