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Maxwell is where diverse and collaborative problem solvers develop innovative solutions to move people, policies and communities forward.

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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

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

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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.

Apply now to a professional graduate program and start in 2022

U.S. News Ranking Badge
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.

Four-term elected U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY) joined Syracuse University's Vice Chancellor, Provost, Chief Academic Officer and political science scholar Gretchen Ritter for a discussion reflecting on his legislative record, the polarized political climate and his experience during his eight years in Congress. 


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.
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.

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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
68% 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 29, 2022

Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

Eggers Hall, 220

4:00PM-5:30PM

Jonathan Leon

I am Maxwell.

The executive master’s in public administration at Maxwell has supported my professional and personal growth in the public sector. On top of growing and expanding my professional network, I have been promoted at my job, offered a seat on a nonprofit board, and accepted into three prestigious professional development opportunities.”

Jonathan Leon ’19 E.M.P.A. ONLINE

Senior Director, Georgia Regional Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity

Read more about Jonathan’s experience