Admissions Requirements

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.

Application Requirements

To apply to the Executive online MPA program, applicants are required to complete or submit the following:

Online Application

The online application will walk you through each required item.

Application Fee

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.

Personal Essay

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 Transcripts

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: 

Application Processing Services 
ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse 
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501 
Lanham, MD 20706

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 admissions@onlinempa.syr.edu. 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.

ALEKS

Given the importance of mathematics in the curriculum, incoming ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse students are strongly encouraged to review key algebraic and geometric principles through the ALEKS course. Students should demonstrate proficiency in these key concepts prior to starting PAI 897: Fundamentals of Policy Analysis.

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.

Request information to learn more about ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse or contact Admissions at
866-376-3167.