The Executive MPA Online
From Syracuse University’s Maxwell School

Classes Start This Spring

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The Executive MPA Online
From Syracuse University’s Maxwell School

Classes Start This Spring

An Online EMPA From the Nation’s top-ranked school

Established in 1924, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs was the first school in the nation to offer a graduate degree in public administration for midcareer professionals. By supporting interdisciplinary research, employing acclaimed faculty, and educating high-caliber students, the school has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top-ranked school for graduate education in public affairs. Explore on-campus options.

Through the online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program, ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse, the Maxwell School prepares experienced public servants to advance within government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations, both nationally and internationally.

A Curriculum Designed for Experienced Public Service Professionals

Designed for professionals in public or nonprofit sector leadership positions, the Executive MPA online program teaches students to formulate, implement, and evaluate policy; lead and manage organizations; and use evidence-based analysis to make a positive impact on the public good. Topics of study include challenges such as:

  • Integrating data analysis into management and policymaking
  • Managing budgets within organizations and evaluating public expenditures
  • Upholding ethics and morality in sectors facing conflicting values
  • Leading teams and organizations collaboratively across boundaries

Complete Your Degree in 15 Months

The online EMPA program consists of 30 credits that can be completed in just over one year. Students complete three core courses focusing on essential broad concepts in public administration and seven specialized subject courses.

Explore the curriculum and available courses.


Looking at other schools, I recognized Maxwell’s program as an ideal blend of coursework in leadership, management, and specialized public administration study. The school’s national ranking and reputation for cultivating top-notch leaders and administrators was proof of its value and effectiveness."

Raissa Figueiredo,
EMPA@Syracuse Student
October 2017

Next Application Deadline:
December 20

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An Engaging, Blended Learning Experience

The online Executive MPA program delivers a learning experience that upholds the quality of Maxwell’s renowned on-campus programs. The flexible online program is available on a part-time schedule and feature:

Weekly, live online classes
that bring students and faculty face-to-face via webcam

Full-time student support
for all admissions, course planning, and technical needs

Self-paced coursework
that can be completed anytime, anywhere, from any device

Access to on-campus resources,
such as libraries, databases, and networking events

A World-Renowned Faculty

Courses in the Executive MPA online program are designed and led by faculty who also teach on campus at the Maxwell School. Maxwell faculty are accomplished researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the field of public affairs, including American Council of Learned Societies fellows, Fulbright Research fellows, National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, and a MacArthur fellow.

Meet our accomplished faculty.

An Unparalleled Alumni Community

Join a community of more than 30,000 professionals worldwide, united by their commitment to service through the guiding words of the Athenian Oath: “...we will transmit this city not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Learn more about our alumni.

Resources for Advancing Your Career in Public Administration

At the Maxwell School, we are dedicated to helping our students find or advance within roles that allow them to drive lasting positive change in communities at home or abroad. Some of the career advancement resources available to online EMPA students include:


Students can meet personally with a career advisor to discuss personal goals, challenges, and growth strategies.

Maxwell’s Career Management System

This online portal displays exclusive internship, job, and fellowship opportunities in public affairs organizations nationwide.

Career Development Coursework

Students have 24/7 access to a virtual career-building course, which offers industry advice and career-building strategies.

Lifelong Alumni Connections

The Maxwell alumni community hosts a variety of networking events, exclusive social networks, and regional working groups.

Take the Next Step

Our Executive Master of Public Administration online program empowers public service leaders to develop solutions for the world’s most vital issues. Take the first step toward joining our online EMPA community by requesting more information today.


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View a Sample Schedule
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Request information to learn more about ExecutiveMPA@SYR or contact Admissions at 866-376-3167.