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No matter where you are in your academic journey, there’s a Maxwell program designed to help you develop knowledge, skills and contacts to improve your community.

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research centers generating policy-relevant insight into pressing issues


ranked for public affairs (U.S. News & World Report)


departments teaching excellence in social science and public/international affairs

Influence with Integrity

It’s not just an education. It’s a mindset. Maxwell students celebrate diverse people and ideas. They value informed and ethical leadership. They are engaged—and engaging—citizens primed to shape the future.

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Our acclaimed education programs combine the study of human society and relationships with opportunities to address relevant social challenges.

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The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is pleased to welcome Congresswoman Liz Cheney to campus on Monday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the K.G. Tan Auditorium in the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), for a conversation with Syracuse University faculty, staff, students and alumni. 

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The 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Public Affairs Schools rankings have been released. In addition to #1 overall, Maxwell received high marks across a wide range of subspecialties within public affairs.
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We're not moving—we're growing! Enjoy Maxwell Perspective magazine your way, both in print and online. Either way, you can expect the same great content accessible anytime.

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This center will serve as a hub for scholars, policymakers and students to examine the design and impact of policies that communities use to solve public problems.

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Maxwell’s D.C.-based facilities at the Center for Security and International Studies are a perfect launching point for networked, effective leaders prepared with the knowledge, skills and connections to get things done.
Professors Colleen Heflin and Madonna Harrington Meyer posing with masks on the Maxwell Foyer

Pandemic research by Maxwell faculty and students is shaping policy and perception on everything from aging to opioid addiction. Read our coverage from the winter issue of Maxwell Perspective.

Shana Gadarian
Inspired by her own experiences with “the best professors,” alumna Merle Goldberg Fabian ’59 donated $3 million to fund a professorship that champions responsible citizenship and educates students on the importance of critical thinking in service of democratic values. 

Maxwell in Action

Our faculty and students are making breakthroughs, connecting with communities and engaging with with the most pressing issues of today. Keep up with everything going on at Maxwell.

More Than Halfway There!

With incredible support, our start is strong. But to meet our campaign goals, we will need to raise the remaining $45 million to support Campaign Priorities from the School’s long-range strategic plan.

$125,000,000campaign goal
2013the year the campaign started
73% Funded
2024the year the campaign will end

Upcoming Events

We continue to follow the advice of local public health officials in regards to in-person events. Please check Syracuse University’s Stay Safe website for the latest safety protocols before coming to campus or other in-person venues.

September 30, 2022

Money in Politics

Eggers Hall, 341


September 30, 2022

Policy Studies at 45: Celebrating the Past and the Future

Maxwell Auditorium and Maxwell Foyer


October 3, 2022

Courage in Defense of Democracy: A Conversation with Congresswoman Liz Cheney

National Veterans Resource Center, K. G. Tan Auditorium


Jennifer Proch

I am Maxwell.

As a proficient speaker of German, Jen Proch was thrilled to discover the Maxwell School’s Atlantis Program, in which students can earn master’s degrees from both Maxwell and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. “My internship at the Council of Europe confirmed how much I enjoy research and writing. And it provided insight into how I can use those skills in a job setting,” says Proch.

Jennifer Proch ’21

M.A. in international relations (Maxwell) / master of international affairs (Hertie)

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