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Syracuse University

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is the only major school of public affairs integrating its applied professional degree programs with social science scholarship in such fields as political science, economics, geography, and sociology. As a result, Maxwell’s MA in International Relations possesses a uniquely rich combination of interdisciplinary perspectives and practical leadership/management skills. The 18-month program also emphasizes — in fact, requires — one or more global internships, adding a strong collaborative and experiential component. Together, these attributes give Maxwell’s MAIR graduates an edge in the global job market.

While theoretical work draws from across Maxwell’s disciplines, MAIR skills instruction benefits from the faculty and curriculum of Maxwell’s highly respected Master of Public Administration program. (Both the MAIR and MPA are based in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.) Maxwell’s MPA is concentrated, intensive, and chiefly focused on the transferable skills of public management and policy analysis, delivering fundamental skills — suitable for jobs in public, nonprofit, and related private sectors; and versatile enough to serve an entire career.

Additionally,a 43 credit MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications is offered jointly with SU’s also highly acclaimed SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. This 18 month program prepares graduates for careers in public communications for governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.

Many students enroll in the Joint MPA/IR degree, which efficiently coordinates the best of both programs. This potent degree may be earned in two years.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Art (MA) in International Relations
  • Master of Public Administration
  • JD/MA International Relations
  • Public Diplomacy (MA International Relations/MS Public Relations)
  • Executive MA International Relations
  • MPA/MA International Relations
  • PhD

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The MA in Public Diplomacy and Global Communications (PDGC) program offers a streamlined curriculum that takes advantages of synergies in the field of international affairs, public relations and communications, to create global-savvy communicators…

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~This weeks blog post was written by Lucas Vallely, current MPA student, and Graduate Assistant for PAIA Admissions The Fall semester has begun! Students have arrived back on campus. Faculty are hard at work providing top-notch educational experiences …

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Our new students are back on-campus and actively engaged in their coursework. In the interest of safety, however, Syracuse University remains closed to visitors. This fall we have a number of creative ways to connect with prospective students who would…

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Our new students are back on-campus and actively engaged in their coursework. In the interest of safety, however, Syracuse University remains closed to visitors. This fall we have a number of creative ways to connect with prospective students who would…

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New GRE Policy for Maxwell’s MPA, MAIR and MA Public Diplomacy & Global Communications programs In my last meeting on campus (mid-March 2020), before the COVID-19 Global Pandemic shut down campus operations, the Master of Public Administratio…

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Maxwell ranks #1 again, celebrates 25 years of U.S. News ranking Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I am excited to share the following news with you.  Today we are proud to celebrate and honor decades of hard work and commitment to providing the best educatio…

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