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research centers generating policy-relevant insight into pressing issues

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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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It adds internships for those studying in Strasbourg, France, as well as research opportunities for faculty and students interested in human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Fall 2023 Magazine cover

In this issue: Read about the experiences of students and alumni from Ukraine and efforts by Maxwell scholars to support their embattled country; plans to celebrate the School’s 100th anniversary in 2024; and a professor’s remarkable discovery—what’s believed to be the first English outpost in Africa.

Dean David Van Slyke standing at Podium
Dean David M. Van Slyke shared some of the Maxwell School’s centennial plans during a reception in the Strasser Legacy Room. Maxwell’s Orange Central festivities also included an open house in the Strasser Commons and a gathering for the policy studies community.
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The program will provide training and experiential learning for future public servants across Syracuse’s schools and colleges.

Best Grad Schools Badge
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is ranked #1 overall in a survey of its peers and is highly ranked in ten subspecialties, according to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Public Affairs School rankings.
George Washington Statue with portraits of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas
This first collection of portraits from the "Americans Who Tell the Truth" collection by artist Robert Shetterly are being displayed in the foyer outside the Maxwell Auditorium, in Maxwell Hall, to elicit a conversation about citizenship.
Rendering of CSIS building
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.

Over Three-Quarters There!


With incredible support, our start is strong. But to meet our campaign goals, we will need to raise the remaining $30 million to support Campaign Priorities from the School’s long-range strategic plan.

$125,000,000campaign goal
2013the year the campaign started
78% Funded
2024the year the campaign will end
Lauren McNamara

I am Maxwell.

I knew that I was interested in going into environmental work, but I was missing that natural sciences foundation. ESP has given me the qualitative and quantitative foundation that I needed...The faculty members were amazing in encouraging me and helping me make it all work.”

Lauren McNamara ’21 B.A. / ’22 M.P.A.

Undergraduate triple major: international relations; economics; environment, sustainability and policy

Read about Lauren’s experiences at Maxwell