To be considered for admission to ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse, applicants must:
Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
Have at least 5 years of work experience in a position with significant organizational responsibility including managerial positions in the public or non-profit sectors or related to public policy development
Demonstrate fluency in English if living in a non-English-speaking country
Show proof of proficiency in algebraic and geometric principles to enroll in some courses
There is no minimum undergraduate GPA requirement and, like many executive education programs, no GRE or GMAT scores are required to apply to the program.
To apply to the program, applicants are required to complete or submit the following:
The online application will walk you through each required item.
The application fee is $75, and it is nonrefundable. If you apply by the priority deadline, the application fee is $45. Application fee waivers are available for active-duty service members, veterans, McNair Scholars, current Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate students, Syracuse University alumni, and Syracuse University employees. Speak with an admissions counselor to learn more.
A personal essay outlining a student’s background, goals, and reason for pursuing an Executive MPA degree is required.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional connections that speak to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment and the applicant’s potential for leadership.
Official degree-bearing transcripts are required. You may be required to submit transcripts from the other academic institutions you have attended as well. Please send transcripts to:
Many schools issue official transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should request their transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will expedite transcript delivery and application completion.
Resume or CV
Applicants must submit an up-to-date copy of their resume or CV.
GRE Not Required
GRE scores are not required to apply to ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse; however, students with valid GRE scores are encouraged to submit them as part of their application. The school code for Syracuse University is 2823.
Given the importance of mathematics in the curriculum, incoming ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse students will be required to review key algebraic and geometric principles through the ALEKS course. Students must demonstrate proficiency in these key concepts prior to starting PAI 897: Fundamentals of Policy Analysis. The purpose of this review is to improve your understanding of course content and your performance in the class.
ALEKS starts with a diagnostic test to determine what topics you need to review. You will then be taken to a personalized mini-course to work through each topic through instruction, practice problems, and worksheets.
Students will pay $40 to access the customized math preparatory course for six weeks. Some students may be eligible to be waived from the requirement. For more information, please contact your admissions counselor.