The Maxwell School is Syracuse University's home for master's and PhD programs in the social sciences. Roughly 400 students are progressing toward degree at any one time, including the 150 or so who have completed coursework and are researching and writing.
Most are building toward faculty careers. They are trained as innovative scholars and superb teachers, well grounded in the social, cultural, and historical aspects of their fields. Many of them participate in SU's Future Professoriate Program, an award-winning regimen preparing students now for the special challenges they will face in their eventual first faculty appointment; completion of this program paves the eventual path to tenure.
However, Maxwell being Maxwell, many students are focused instead on careers in government, NGOs, and the policy sector. It is a reflection of Maxwell's melding of professional and scholarly disciplines that so many students in the social sciences graduate to careers in public management, policy research, and the like.
The Maxwell School offers residential master's and doctoral degrees in these social science fields:
'14 MA (Econ)/'16 PhD (Econ)
An is a senior quant risk analyst with Santander Bank in Boston, where she develops and provides expert support for advanced credit risk models and methodologies.
'84 PhD (Geog)
'96 MA (PSc)
'98 MAIR/'07 PhD (Anth)
'86 MA (Geog) / '92 PhD (Geog)
Roberts is a geography professor and recently appointed associate provost for internationalization at the University of Kentucky. Her research is in political and economic geography and she is co-editor of the journal Progress in Human Geography.
'16 PhD (Anth)
Otu is an assistant professor of African-American and African studies at the University of Virginia, focused on sexual citizenship, gender, human rights NGOs, and neoliberal racial formations in postcolonial Africa.
’89 PhD (Geog)
Schein is a historical cultural geographer at the University of Kentucky and associate dean of the faculty of UK’s College of Arts and Sciences. Among his research specialties is race and racism within urban cultural landscapes.
'02 MA (Econ)/'03 PhD (Econ)
Schwabish is a senior fellow in the Urban Institute's Income and Benefits Policy Center, focused on earnings and income inequality, disability insurance, and retirement security. He is also a leader in the field of data visualization; his work has been recognized by Visualizing.org, Visual.ly, SlideShare.net, and AllAnalytics, among others.
'79 MA Geog/'82 PhD Geog
Maxwell also offers a PhD in Public Administration for future scholars in the field. The program is based in Public Administration and
International Affairs (which also offers the School’s highly regarded professional master’s degrees in those fields).
The limited-residency Master of Social Science is a midcareer, distance-learning degree that uses discussion of current public affairs challenges to undergird an interdisciplinary approach to broad social problems.