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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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SU’s Maxwell School undergraduate International Relations program along with the graduate Department of Public Administration and International Affairs will partner with APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) to host…

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For most university programs, the summer months are quiet.  But, not so for Syracuse University Maxwell School’s MPA program.  This Friday, we will celebrate the graduation of the MPA Class of 2019 at the Public Administration Convocation.  And on Mond…

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Today we celebrate our graduates at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.  Anyone who has ever worked at a university enjoys graduation! This is why we are here.. to engage, enlighten, teach and watch our students reach their educational and career …

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Stephanie Prochaska Master of Arts in International Relations (Maxwell School) Master of Arts in Spanish (College of Arts and Sciences) Background I am originally from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville with a double …

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This fall, as new students arrive at the Maxwell School, the Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) Department will also welcome three new scholars to its faculty. We are pleased to introduce or newest PAIA Faculty Members:  Professors …

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