This program is designed to allow students to earn an MPA with one additional year of study beyond their bachelor’s degree. Students who arrive at Syracuse with sufficient AP credit may be able to complete both their bachelor’s degree and the MPA within four years of study.
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Applications to enter the MPA portion of the combined degree program will normally be submitted during the spring semester of the junior year, and are allowed once a student has declared their major and completed 75 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree.
Interested students are encouraged to meet with the admissions director of the MPA program before applying. The application package typically requires two letters of recommendation from Syracuse University faculty members, including at least one from a faculty member in the department of the student’s declared major, the student’s resume, a Statement of Purpose, and the student’s transcript. GRE and the TOEFL scores will be waived for Syracuse University students.
Student applications that show evidence of sufficient preparation in writing skills and quantitative analysis will have a greater chance of being admitted to the program. The preferred way to demonstrate this competence is by completing a “writing intensive” course and a course that requires quantitative analysis with a grade of B or better prior to applying. Examples of such courses include, but are not limited to MAX 123, MAX 132 and MAX 201.
Students accepted for graduate study as part of the combined BA/BS‐MPA program will typically begin the MPA portion of the program following completion of their third year of study (six semesters), but are not fully matriculated as graduate students until all requirements for the BA/BS degree have been met. The student would normally be certified for the bachelor’s degree at the end of the fourth year and for the master’s degree at the end of the fifth year, although other time tables are possible.
All regular requirements for the student’s undergraduate major along with the minimum 120 credit hours necessary to meet College of Arts and Sciences requirements must be satisfied. The MPA degree requires 40 credits. However, up to four courses (12 credit hours) can be counted towards both the bachelor’s and the MPA degrees. Any 500, 600 or 700 level PAI course is eligible for dual credit. An exception is that 752: MPA Workshop and 753: Policy Leadership, which together constitute the capstone experience required for the MPA, will not be open to undergraduate students who have not fully matriculated into the MPA program.
The MPA curriculum includes 25 credit hours of core courses the students typically complete to satisfy required competencies for the degree, as well 15 credit hours of electives. The core courses include:
PAI 712: Public Organizations and Management (3 credits)
PAI 721: Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
PAI 722: Quantitative Analysis II (3 credits)
PAI 723: Economics for Public Decisions (3 credits)
PAI 734: Public Budgeting (3 credits)
PAI 751: MPA Colloquium (1 credit)
PAI 752: Policy Leadership (3 credits)
PAI 753: MPA Workshops
PAI 755: Public Administration and Democracy
Maxwell students who complete certain courses with a grade of B+ or better as part of their undergraduate degree program will be considered to have met certain required competencies, and thus will be allowed to take fewer core courses and additional elective courses. Specifically student who complete with a grade of B+ or better:
ECN 505 will not be required to complete PAI 723
ECN 521 will not be required to complete PAI 721
ECN 522 will not be required to complete PAI 722
SOC 513 will not be required to complete PAI 721
These non-PAI courses will not be eligible for dual credit toward the MPA degree. However, completing them with a grade of B+ or better will allow students to substitute additional elective courses for core MPA courses.