The Maxwell School of Syracuse University offers professional degrees in international relations, public administration, and related fields. The degrees are efficiently structured, allowing students to return to their careers quickly. They draw on Maxwell's unique mix of professional and scholarly programs, supplementing leadership skills with the breadth afforded by a social science education. These degrees lead to great jobs, with responsibility and influence.
They lead also to Maxwell's high esteem. U.S.News & World Report ranks Maxwell as one of the nation's top graduate schools for public affairs.
The MA in International Relations — typically earned in 16 months — is profoundly interdisciplinary, drawing on social-science departments across the School (e.g., political science, anthropology, economics, geography). It also includes essential, transferrable management skills in public administration. The MAIR integrates a required global internship, pursued in Washington, New York, or dozens of locations around the world.
Maxwell's top-ranked Master of Public Administration is legendary for two related reasons: It is rigorous, and it is compact. After just 12 months of concentrated, skills-based education, graduates are prepared for careers ranging from government service to law, health, education, and many other fields in the public and private sectors.
Earn two degrees in two years. The integrated joint MPA/IR provides all of the benefits of the School's time-honored public administration curriculum with the added breadth of an interdisciplinary education in international relations. Experiential opportunities include both the MPA's capstone project in public management and IR's required global internship.
MSPR/MAIR combines an IR degree with public relations, to serve careers in public diplomacy and advocacy for large international organizations.
A joint degree in IR and Economics is especially suited to interests in economic development.
The Master's in Public Health incorporates PA and is offered through a nearby teaching hospital.
Since 1964, Maxwell’s Executive Education has been preparing leaders for the global community. Maxwell offered one of the first mid-career degrees in public administration, and today offers a menu of options for public service professionals with requisite years of managerial experience, including online and on-campus Executive MPA (EMPA) degree programs, Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR) program, Dual EMPA/EMIR degrees, and Certificates of Advanced Study.
Programs. Rigorous, efficiently structured.
Connections. Internships in D.C. and overseas.
Strength. Esteemed, expert, and accessible.
The Interdisciplinary "Extra." Tapping into social sciences.
Development. Routes to a meaningful career.
to public service and to Maxwell.
Community. A place to study and make friends.
Russo is the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, a trade association that helps ensure the development and growth of technology- and innovation-based businesses across Southwest Pennsylvania.
Hardaway is an officer at the U.S. State Department's Bureau of African Affairs, coordinating programs and policy on matters of gender and entrepreneurship.
Liu is an online communications producer with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., focusing on energy and environmental issues. He is part of a team informing a global audience about how developing countries fight poverty to achieve better livelihoods and sustainable growth.
Bryant is executive director of the Segal Family Foundation, which partners with African-led, grassroots NGOs to support youth development and health in sub-Saharan Africa. Bryant’s previous development work in Africa and Asia was with the Tanzanian Children’s Fund and TechnoServe.
Veit is director of community relations for Upstate Medical University
in Syracuse, pursuing partnerships with local community leaders. She
also continues her outreach work for screening programs at the Upstate
Felder is program director at the Posse Foundation, which identifies, supports, and (via college/university partnerships) funds higher-ed access for students who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.
Morelli is the city manager of South Portland, Maine, the state’s fourth-largest city and a center for retail and industry in its region.
'85 MPA / '87 PhD (SSc)
Bhave’s recent book, The Microgrid Revolution, proposes new-technology energy strategies that help move businesses away from climate change while bringing power to unserved regions. Bhave, who has held positions at tech start-ups and large corporations, now teaches at the Indian Institute of Management.