• Change Your Life as You Improve the World

    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.


    Map of the globe, focusing on the Middle East and AfricaMaster of Arts, International Relations (MAIR)

    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.  


    Instructor speaking in classroomMaster of Public Administration (MPA)

    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.


    Maxwell students in Eggers HallJoint Master's in IR and PA

    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.  


    MS in Public Relations/MA in International Relations

    MSPR/MAIR combines an IR degree with public relations, to serve careers in public diplomacy and advocacy for large international organizations. 

    IR and Economics

    A joint degree in IR and Economics is especially suited to interests in economic development. 

    Public Health

    The Master's in Public Health incorporates PA and is offered through a nearby teaching hospital. 

    Faculty member Catherine Bertini lecturing in a classroomExecutive Education

    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.  

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  • why

    Degree Programs. Rigorous, efficiently structured.

    Global Connections. Internships in D.C. and overseas. 

    Faculty Strength. Esteemed, expert, and accessible. 

    The Interdisciplinary "Extra." Tapping into social sciences. 

    Career Development. Routes to a meaningful career. 

    Alumni Connections. Loyal to public service and to Maxwell. 

    Community. A place to study and make friends. 

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