Professional Programs

Dr. George Abonyi teaching studentsThe Department of Public Administration and International Affairs offers an array of professional degrees, mixing public management skills with a grounding in public policy and international politics and leadership.

The MPA. This intensive, one-year program in public administration emphasizes management, leadership, and policy analysis.

MA in International Relations. Highly interdisciplinary, this degree combines theoretical understanding with globally focused policy analysis and skills.

Joint MPA/IR. Curriculum from the two master’s degrees forms a highly integrated and potent two-year course of study.

MS in Public Relations/MA in International Relations. Combining an MA in international relations with a master’s in public relations from Syracuse’s celebrated Newhouse School of Public Communications, this program trains students to communicate and advocate in public forums on behalf of governments and other organizations.

Public Health. This new master’s degree is offered in conjunction with Upstate Medical University, a teaching hospital just a few blocks from Maxwell.

PhD in Public Administration. A doctoral program is offered for students considering an academic career in teaching and research.

Other Joint Degrees. Also available are joint degrees offered between Maxwell and Syracuse University’s College of Law, in which students receive a JD and either an MPA or master’s in international relations. A formal joint degree is offered as well in IR and economics. Or, absent formal joint-degree arrangements, any MPA or IR student has the option to concurrently seek a master’s degree from one of the Maxwell School’s social science departments; or from another department at SU or the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Executive Programs. Maxwell offers specialized programs for midcareer professionals, structured to recognize the significant workplace experience such students bring to their pursuit of a degree. Available degrees include the Executive MPA and Executive Master’s in International Relations. Or the two may be combined; students earning the EMPA can qualify for the EMIR by completing only 18 additional credits of work. Maxwell also offers 12-credit professional certificates, which many midcareer students opt to pursue instead of a full master’s degree. These standalone certificates are given in public administration, health services management, conflict resolution, e-government management and leadership, post-conflict reconstruction, public health, and leadership of international and non-governmental organizations.