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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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Over 20 years ago, the then Department of Public Administration decided to try something new.  Professor Bill Banks – a joint faculty member in PA and SU’s College of Law (now founding director of the Institute of National Security and Coun…

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Thank you for considering the Maxwell School’s graduate programs in Public Administration, Policy and International Affairs.  Syracuse University is closed for the holiday season.  We will return, rested, relaxed and able to answer your questions…

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The mission of the Maxwell School is Public Service. We are pleased to newly partner with Teach For All and their partner organizations in honor of this joint mission of making the world a better place.  We have enjoyed for many years a partnership wit…

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While Maxwell’s MA IR degree is likely ALL THE DEGREE YOU NEED, some applicants find that their professional interests cross over various fields of study, and require an expanded skill set. For them, Maxwell offers a myriad of joint degree options.  &#…

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State and local government is one of the key focal areas of Maxwell’s MPA degree, with the sector employing 28% of graduates. International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Maxwell’s student ICMA chapter held a Local Government Panel discu…

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Maxwell alumni and friends are invited to join in an evening at the Albany Symphony, including a pre-show reception and performance.

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