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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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I am pleased to share the following Guest Blog from Laura McArdle of the Maxwell School’s Center for Career Development.  Thank you, Laura! Value of Maxwell Degrees: The Competitive Edge Employers Are Looking For This week, our office released our annual employment statistics for the most recent class of MPA and IR students, graduating between […]

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These two weeks are incredibly busy at the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (and a snow day on March 14th did not help!!).  We have gotten many of our email notifications of merit based awards sent out this week, and expect the remainder to be sent no later than Friday, March […]

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Maxwell’s spring 2017 graduate student networking trips are right around the corner! This year’s students are incredibly excited about these trips and can’t wait to engage with Washington, D.C.- and New York City-area alumni through site visits, coffee chats, and more. We invite Maxwell alumni, guests, students, and prospective students to join us at next week’s networking […]

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No Slippery Slopes: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy & the Future of Marriage Will same-sex marriage lead to more radical marriage reform? Should it?   Join us as we welcome back to campus, Stephen Macedo this Friday, March 3rd for the State of Democracy Lecture Series.  He will speak on topics covered in his book, Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy […]

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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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