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 number one in the nation for graduate education in 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 number-one ranked MPA 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.
Combining an IR degree with public relations, to serve careers in advocacy for large international organizations. Learn more.
A joint degree especially suited to interests in economic development. Learn more.
The MPH incorporates PA and is offered through a nearby teaching hospital. Learn more.
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. More.
Connections. Internships in D.C. and overseas. More.
Strength. Esteemed, expert, and accessible. More.
"Extra." Tapping into social sciences. More.
Development. Routes to a meaningful career. More.
to public service and to Maxwell. More.
Community. A place to study and make friends. More.
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'05 BA (IR/PSc)/'06 MPA
'12 Public Diplomacy
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