Maxwell’s Unique Blend

A “Whole-Brain” Approach to the World’s Challenges

The Maxwell School houses professional degree programs in public administration and international relations alongside scholarly programs in the social sciences. This structure is shared by no other graduate school of public affairs.

Some of the advantages are tangible and obvious. Joint and concurrent degrees, subfield certificates, and an interdisciplinary doctoral program in social science all allow students to draw from across the School, each according to his or her interests. Plus, the School offers guest lectures and symposia, research projects, student organizations, and experiential learning opportunities unknown to a more narrowly focused school. 

But the most profound advantages are intangible, pervasive, almost ambient. They help explain the breadth of attitude and orientation that is Maxwell's signature. Students in the professional programs, for example, profit from a rich awareness of the social consequences of the careers they are about to undertake; they emerge not only well-trained, but contemplative, conceptually nimble, and, in a word, wise. Meanwhile, scholars in the social sciences benefit from the proximity of future practitioners, helping assure their studies never meander into the purely abstract. It's indicative, actually, that at Maxwell policy work emanates from either side of the house, sometimes born of scholarship and sometimes born of vocation.

Maxwell is a place where policy, practice, and theory blend, creating Maxwell's special "whole-brain" approach to the world's challenges.