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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.

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

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The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs is committed to recruiting a globally diverse and academically exceptional class of students each year. The rising cost of higher education in the United States continues to prove challenging in this regard. This is especially true for our international students who must show proof of funds for […]

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Maxwell Dean David Van Slyke’s Statement on Executive Order – and Upcoming Events Planned  (from Feb 6, 2017) Many members of the global Maxwell community have voiced concerns about the series of executive orders from the new Administration, including recent changes to the immigration status of citizens from seven countries and a shakeup of the […]

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So proud to see our students organizing!  Whether you agree politically or not, the thing is  – they are taking a stand, proactively and not just complaining!  So, glad to see a near SRO crowd in Maxwell Auditorium on a Friday Afternoon!  With a full agenda and collaborative effort across faculty, staff, students and the […]

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The South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition. Eligible students (US citizens or permanent residents), particularly those with research interests in these regions are encouraged to apply. This includes newly admitted, incoming graduate students, particularly if they have some […]

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On Friday, we were pleased to host 20 of the best and the brightest young International Affairs Scholars from seven colleges throughout New York State for a compelling forum on the worlds most pressing issues in International Affairs. It was a stimulating afternoon that only served to showcase the complexity of issues facing the US […]

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Jason Cole has been named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University. Cole has more than 16 years of experience in government and government relations, with a broad background in organizational leadership, public policy development and advocacy, media relations, and political, issue, and brand campaigning. He currently serves as vice president of federal government […]

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