Curriculum Overview

The ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse curriculum is designed to help executives develop the skills, insights, and strategies to successfully lead organizations amid dynamic global change. Students in the Executive MPA online program will expand on their leadership and management expertise and learn to apply analytical principles to address real-world public service challenges.

30 Credits

12⁠–15 Months to Complete

#1-Ranked Maxwell School1

Faculty Spotlight

Steven Lux: Director of Executive Education, Adjunct Professor

Professor Lux teaches graduate-level courses at the Maxwell School on subjects related to nongovernmental organizations and civil society. He typically teaches Managerial Leadership and the Master’s Project Course.

Tina Nabatchi: Professor

Professor Nabatchi has researched and published works on topics such as public management, policy, citizen participation, collaborative governance, and conflict resolution. She typically teaches Public Administration and Democracy.

Dana Radcliffe: Adjunct Professor

Professor Radcliffe is an adjunct professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and teaches ethics courses in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He typically teaches the Ethics and Morality in Public Affairs course.

Course Breakdown

ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse courses are designed and led by the same faculty who teach on campus at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Courses are made up of core requirements in organizational leadership and general policy analysis as well as offerings in specialized subject areas. Please note, both core and specialized subject areas are required.

Core Courses (9 credits)

Specialized Subject Area Courses (21 credits)

Other Elective Course Options (credits vary)

In addition to the seven specialized subject area courses, students can complete and customize their elective course requirements in preferred focus areas through other hybrid offerings.

These additional elective offerings are delivered three different ways:

  • Weeklong In-Person Intensives (3 credits) offered twice a year at the Syracuse, New York, and Washington, D.C., campuses. Students can accelerate the completion of the program to 12 months or fewer by taking advantage of two or more of these intensives.
  • Remote main campus classes, through a live-stream video, offered on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Online Programs through other Syracuse Schools, such as the Newhouse School of Public Communications or the Whitman School of Management, that give students a wider range of options.

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1 Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs was ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report, Best Public Affairs Schools 2020 (https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools). Return to footnote reference