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Citizenship Is In Our DNA

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs can put you on the right path. We have been ranked the #1 graduate school of public affairs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the past 25 years. Our degrees and certificate programs in public administration and international relations will give you the knowledge, tools and connections you need to drive positive change and become a community leader.

Washington, D.C. Campus

Test your skills, build your resume and expand your network through internships and coursework offered by the Maxwell-in-Washington program, conveniently located at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top-ranked think tank in the heart of D.C. on Embassy Row.

Student Life at Maxwell

At Syracuse University, you'll find a welcoming and supportive community, where diversity and inclusion are core values and student success is the priority. 

Academic and Career Advising

Syracuse University faculty and staff are ready to help prepare and guide you throughout your educational and professional career.

Alumni Voices

A welcoming and supportive alumni network, 30,0000 strong and spanning 150 countries, awaits you!

The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the work of Maxwell alumni as citizens and public servants, to fostering their affinity for the school, and to providing opportunities for professional and personal networking.

The Nation’s #1 MPA Program

Graduate Programs (Social Science)

The Maxwell School's highly selective graduate programs in the social sciences and PhD program in Public Administration prepare students for scholarly careers as academics and as researchers with a public affairs focus. PhD students gain active experience teaching, conducting research and publishing their findings. Within Maxwell's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, students work alongside students and faculty from other programs, which brings fresh perspective to their research.

Engaged Faculty

Maxwell faculty include 18 Fulbright Research Fellows, 10 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows, 12 National Academy of Public Administration Fellows, eight American Council of Learned Societies Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, two Carnegie Fellows and one MacArthur Fellow.

Faculty are driven by their research agendas but equally dedicated to teaching, the student experience and educational outcomes. Approximately one third are focused on domestic issues, one third on international issues and one third on issues that straddle both. 

Midcareer Flexible Options

As the leading school of public affairs in the United States, 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.

Graduate Professional Degrees in International Relations

Study on campus in Syracuse, at our Washington, D.C.-based headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, or at nine partner locations around the world. Our graduates get great jobs, and enter a global network of professionals spanning 150 countries who are dedicated to helping each other and to serving the public good. Complete in just 18 months inclusive of a global internship -- often two!

Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes

Maxwell scholars and students conduct wide-ranging research through 15 interdisciplinary centers, each of which focuses 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.