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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
  • PhD

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Maxwell School ranks number one for public affairs in 2020 Syracuse, N.Y., March 12, 2019—The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is once again ranked #1 in the nation for graduate education in public affairs, accord…

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Women in American Politics: 100 Years After Suffrage    One of my favorite lecture series at the Maxwell School is the State of Democracy Lecture Series. It has been around as long as I have – probably longer. Today we have a very timely and enga…

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From NAFTA to USMCA: Changing Trade Relations and Political Consequences This Friday, February 15:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall The Trump Administration made a trade deal with the United States’ closest neighbors a p…

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SU (Current and Admitted) Students Invited to Apply:  Tillman Scholars Application Open Reposted from SU News:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019, By Leah Lazarz The application process for the Tillman Scholars program, which funds education for student vete…

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Kimberlin Butler, MPA 2003, Appointed First Director of Foundation Engagement at Mathematica Policy Research Nothing can bring me greater joy than seeing a former student succeed. Whether it is a recent graduate getting that first out of Maxwell dream …

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Introducing a New 18-month MPA option for students seeking all that Maxwell has to offer PLUS a traditional summer internship As the recognized leader in public policy and administration graduate education, a hallmark of the Maxwell School’s MPA …

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