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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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P The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. on the Responsibility of Global Leadership Dean David M. Van Slyke and the Maxwell School Advisory Board invite you to an alumni evening in Washington. Join us for a topical and informative program as Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff, delivers a special D.C. edition of […]

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Christine Varney was named one of New York City’s leading women lawyers by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes trailblazing litigators who lead distinguished careers and undertake exceptional civic and philanthropic acts. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and has served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and […]

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Maxwell alumni and friends are invited to a spring networking happy hour on Wednesday, April 11.

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Responding to Proliferation – Field Visit to Nine-Mile Point Nuclear Facility Several students visited the Nine-Mile Point Nuclear Facility on Thursday,. March 22 as part of the “Responding to Proliferation” course taught by Professor…

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Christopher Morley has been named chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Morley began at Upstate as a principal research support specialist for Upstate in 2001, and has held faculty positions …

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