About the Maxwell School

Excellence in undergraduate and graduate education

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research across the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international relations.

Hear from an alum how Maxwell’s multidisciplinary approach fuels tomorrow’s careers.

Undergraduates who major or minor in the social sciences benefit from the same faculty who earn Maxwell its high rankings in research and graduate education. They teach undergraduate programs in anthropology, economics, environmental policy, geography, history, international relations, political science, and sociology, and in the policy- and skills-oriented policy studies program. Maxwell's rich, defining interest in democratic citizenship is served by the team-taught interdisciplinary MAX Courses and by the School’s signature major in citizenship and civic engagement (CCE).

As the leading graduate school of public affairs in the United States, Maxwell also offers highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences. Its top-ranked masters degrees in public administration and international relations provide campus-based cohort learning experiences. Midcareer degrees in these fields are available for full- or part-time study, on-campus, online, and at Maxwell’s D.C.-based headquarters. The school also offers MA and PhD programs in the social sciences plus an innovative Social Science PhD program for students with unique, cross-disciplinary interests.

No major graduate school of public affairs mixes these diverse elements the way Maxwell does. It is one reason why the Master of Public Administration program is consistently ranked one of the nation's top MPA programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Maxwell scholars and students conduct wide-ranging research through interdisciplinary centers, each focused on a topical area within public affairs, such as social and economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public wellness, aging, energy and environment, national security, and regional studies, among others.

The Maxwell School is one of 13 schools and colleges of Syracuse University, a private, international research university located in the geographic heart of New York State, offering a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors. The University’s global footprint includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.