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.
O'Keefe is a health communications specialist at the National Institute of Nursing Research, which addresses all aspects of translating nursing-science discoveries into practice. It's a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Williams is founder and executive director of Women Empowering Nations, connecting female leaders of the African diaspora from the U.S. and Gambia to establish self-esteem, educational, and leadership outreach programs for girls and women.
Lyon is president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, a non-profit
coalition of student-veteran groups helping military veterans succeed in
higher education and beyond. Lyon is a U.S. Navy veteran
and was named National Student Veteran of the Year by SVA in 2011.
’89 PhD (SSc) / ’94 MRP
'05 MA (PA)
Zoller is the T.W. Lewis Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also president of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
'76 MPA/'83 PhD (PA)