Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration

A collaboration between the Partnership for Public Service and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University

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Quick Details


May 2020 – December 2020

Ten days in person and two online courses, each to be completed over an 11-week period



*Tuition rates are subject to reassessment and may change each academic year.


Excellence in Government Fellows alumni

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For more information contact Chris Wingo at cwingo@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 464‑2690.

The best leaders in government continuously push themselves to get even better. As leaders assume greater responsibility, they seek enhanced management capabilities and updated knowledge of specific policy areas. 

At the Partnership, we’re committed to providing graduates of our leadership programs with opportunities to enhance the skills they need to lead in the public sector. We are collaborating with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to offer a graduate-level Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration for alumni of our Excellence in Government Fellows program. Combining this certification with an EIG experience will fully empower midcareer professionals to achieve their professional aspirations while leading their agencies to accomplish their missions.

Program Structure

This certification consists of two in-person courses and two elective online courses. The coursework has been developed by Maxwell School faculty and expert program facilitators and coaches from the Partnership. The certificate builds on the EIG experience, allowing alumni to enhance their skills and accomplish greater results for their agencies.



Managerial Leadership
  • Dates: May 12 – 14 and June 9 – 11, 2020
  • Location: Partnership’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Emerging Trends in Public Policy-Making
  • Dates: November 12 – 13 and December 14 – 16, 2020
  • Location: Partnership’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.


One begins in July 2020; the second begins in October 2020.*

Course options include:

  • Public Administration and Democracy.
  • Public Policy Process.
  • Ethics and Morality in Public Affairs.
  • Public Budgeting.
  • Collaborative and Participatory Governance.
  • Data-Driven Government.
  • Human Resources Management for the Public Sector.

To learn more about the engaging and flexible format of our online offerings, visit the online EMPA program site here

*Elective courses can also be completed in person at the Maxwell School’s Washington, D.C., campus. Learn more.

Students who complete the program will receive an official graduate certificate awarded for completion of the certificate of advanced study as registered with the New York State Education Department from Syracuse University. The certificate document looks very similar to a traditional diploma, but the award is shown as “Certificate of Advanced Study,” as opposed to “Master of Arts” or other degree program. 

Cost and tuition assistance

Tuition for this graduate degree is currently $1,620 per credit for the 12-credit program, totaling $19,440. 

Tuition and fees are billed per term and can be paid using electronic funds transfer, credit/debit card, cash (in person) or check (by mail). In addition, students who are receiving full or partial tuition reimbursement from an employer can request an employer tuition reimbursement plan which allows for payment following reimbursement (typically after grades have posted each term). Employers who are covering the full cost may also have the option to pay directly and/or be invoiced on behalf of the student. 

While financial aid in the form of federal education loans are not available for this program, applicants should inquire within their agencies about funding for professional development. Additionally, students who are eligible for veteran education benefits may be able to use funding toward this degree.  Find more information on how to access VA benefits for tuition and fees, as well as assistance with payment deferrals.

Faculty and instructors

PAI 895: Managerial Leadership


Director, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Associate Director of Executive Education, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Specialties: Leadership; organizational development; total quality management


Director for Leadership Development, Partnership for Public Service

Specialties: Leadership development, executive coaching

PAI 730: Emerging Trends in Public Policy-Making


Associate Dean, Chair and Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, The Maxwell School at Syracuse University

Specialties: Education finance and policy, program evaluation


Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, Distinguished Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Specialties: Public management, national security policy and strategy, public finance and public budgeting, financial management, technology development and innovation management, executive leadership (tentative)