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  • Welcome to Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School

    Skills, knowledge, and perspective — for people who plan to change the world

    usnews2012Maxwell is home to the nation's number-one Master's of Public Administration degree (according to U.S.News & World Report), providing a skills-based education that is concentrated and broadly applicable — for leaders within not only the public sector, but anywhere leadership is essential.

    In the same department, Maxwell offers an ambitiously interdisciplinary MA in International Relations, combining scholarly coursework with global internships and selected skills instruction. This program was recently ranked top-15 by Foreign Affairs.

    And alongside those is an array of powerful joint degrees, including Public Diplomacy, the Master's of Public Health, and the two-continent Atlantis Program, among others.

    Maxwell graduates are famously inventive and savvy. Employers trust them to possess not just the skills of leadership but that special combination of big-picture thinking and connect-the-dots pragmatism that makes PAIA alumni especially valuable.

    What makes Maxwell special? It's all these things . . .

    Faculty.  At Maxwell, students learn from senior, full-time professors who are also great researchers and/or former practitioners in public affairs. They're accessible. They're concerned. They're mentors.  And, students will tell you, they're colleagues.

    Interdisciplinary Extras. Because Maxwell is also home to scholarly degree programs in the social sciences —  and 10 research institutes on such topics as public policy, global affairs, national security, public health, and conflict resolution - students encounter innumerable opportunities to combine their MPA or MAIR with research and specialized instruction.

    Global Reach. While the MPA prepares students for management and policy careers in all settings (domestic or international), the MAIR integrates a required global internship. IR students benefit from academic and practicum opportunities in close to 20 countries —  or in Washington, D.C., where the Maxwell-in-Washington programs are co-located at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Alumni Connections. PAIA alumni bring passion to their careers in government, NGOs, the policy sector, and other public and quasi-public organizations —  the same passion they bring to their Maxwell affiliation. Students graduate into a community of loyal alumni in 149 different countries on whom they can depend throughout their own great careers.

    And there's more.

    To learn all the reasons Maxwell is a great place to launch a life of service, responsibility, and understanding for the public good, visit Why Maxwell?. Then visit Degrees to explore the programs that generations of former Maxwell students have used to launch some of the best careers in public affairs.

  • Celebrating Maxwell's 90th

    90logoIn conjunction with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Maxwell School, PAIA is holding A Sense of Shared Mission: The Maxwell School/Teach for America Connection on Friday, October 10th at 12:45pm.

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    Hou publishes book on property tax in local economies

    Hou publishes book on property tax in local economies

    Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School, has published a new book, Local Property Tax In China: History, Pilots and Prospects, that explores whether it is feasible to adopt the local property tax in transitional economies like China.
    Broadnax featured in WRVO story

    Broadnax featured in WRVO story

    Professor Walter Broadnax was featured in a recent WRVO story, "Parents play key role in child's education," which detailed a recent speech that Broadnax gave at Fowler High School as part of a national effort for African American leaders to give back to schools.
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