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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 Maxwell has created a new home base 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 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.

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    Ferry disaster, North Korea nukes overshadow Obama visit

    Ferry disaster, North Korea nukes overshadow Obama visit

    Dean James Steinberg was quoted in a recent Stars and Stripes article, where Steinberg argues that if a North Korean nuclear test comes while the president is in Seoul, the U.S. should not react to it more forcefully than it normally would.
     
    John Hutton ’79 MPA to Receive 2014 Public Administration Award

    John Hutton ’79 MPA to Receive 2014 Public Administration Award

    The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  is proud to announce John P. Hutton ’79 MPA as the recipient of the 2014 Maxwell Public Administration Alumni Award.
     
    Wrestling with Putin

    Wrestling with Putin

    Dean James Steinberg is quoted in a recent National Journal article that investigates the last two decades of the United States' Russia policy. Steinberg says, "every conversation about policy is always about balancing American near-term requirements that are important, while recognizing that coping with Putin's Russia was going to be difficult."
     
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