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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.

    2014 Employment Survey Proves Continued Value of Maxwell PA and IR Graduate Degrees

    With a 95% pre/post graduate employment rate, our most recent employment survey shows just how strong the hiring outlook is for Maxwell MPA and MA IR graduates.  The survey results show that the majority of our 2014 graduates finalized their positions prior to/or within 3 months of graduation.  Additionally, the breadth of employers across sectors and positions taken across areas of functional specialty also show the versatility of these degrees in preparing our graduates for the careers of their choice. 

    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.

  • Value of Maxwell Degrees

    Simplified.forPAIApageWith a 95% pre/post graduate employment rate, our 2014 survey shows how in-demand Maxwell MPA and MA IR graduates are in the job market. See the survey results.

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    PAIA launches two new fellowship opportunities for MPA and MAIR students

    PAIA launches two new fellowship opportunities for MPA and MAIR students

    Students admitted to the 2016 MPA and/or MAIR classes who are current or former interns of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will now qualify for a tuition scholarship valued at $10,000.
    PAIA professor designs local property tax for China

    PAIA professor designs local property tax for China

    Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs and a senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, travelled to Beijing in late October to describe to the Chinese academic and public policy communities plans that he has formulated for a new Chinese local-tax system.
    Doctoral student Zachary Huitink co-authors IBM report

    Doctoral student Zachary Huitink co-authors IBM report

    On November 10, the IBM Center for the Business of Government issued a report called “Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power” that was jointly authored by Zachary Huitink, a PhD student in public administration, and professor David Van Slyke.
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