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Departments & Programs

Maxwell offers a rich mix of professional, scholarly, and undergraduate programs. The highly regarded professional degrees are offered in both conventional graduate and midcareer/executive formats. Master’s and PhD degrees are given in a variety of social sciences — departments that also provide undergraduate instruction to Syracuse University bachelor's candidates. Also for undergrads, Maxwell recently launched a major in citizenship and civic engagement.

(BA/MA/PhD) Training and mentoring in sociocultural studies, historical archaeology, and bioarchaeology.


polisci-smallPolitical Science
International security, political economy, foreign and domestic policy, transnational actors, and law and courts, Middle East, East Asia, and qualitative research.


citizenship-smallCitizenship & Civic Engagement
(BA only) Building on Maxwell's definitional embrace of multidisciplinary citizenship studies; taken in conjunction with a second social science degree.


pa-phd-smallPublic Administration and International Affairs
(MPA, MAIR, PhD) Skills-oriented one-year MPA; 16-month interdisciplinary MAIR, with global internship; other joint and specialized professional degrees.


(BA/MA/PhD) Emphasis on applied and policy-oriented economics, meshing with the School's public policy environment.


publicaffairs-smallPublic Affairs (Policy Studies)
(BA only) Analytical and workplace skills for a public-sector career (but applicable elsewhere); also emphasizing experiential learning and community service.


execed1Executive Education
(EMPA/EMIR/Certificates) Midcareer Professional degrees, including executive MPA, executive IR, and executive economics degrees; plus, stand-alone 12-credit certificates.


socialscience-phd-smallSocial Science
(Multidisciplinary PhD) A center of creative scholarship for doctoral students whose intellectual interests transcend the confines of a single discipline.


(BA/MA/PhD) Formative social and natural processes and their geographical contexts, such as cities; regions; the world system; tropical, riverine, or arctic environments.


socialscience.mssc-smallSocial Science
(Limited-residency MSSc)
Limited-residency, distance-learning program, featuring an interdisciplinary approach to broad social science problems.


Bridging the humanities and social sciences; dissertations often combine social science research methods and humanities subjects.


Interdisciplinary approaches to public sociology in order to understand, critique, and address structural and social inequalities.


intlrelations-smallInternational Relations
(BA only) A broad program drawing from across the social sciences, and recognizing that international concerns touch on nearly all aspects of life and career.



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