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Master of Arts in International Relations

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Drive real and lasting change at the #1 school of public affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs can put you on the right path.

The master of arts in international relations degree program will provide you with both the underlying theory and hands-on application of issues in the international arena.

  • 40-credit master’s degree
  • Graduate in just 16 months
  • Study at the world-class Syracuse University campus plus semesters at our campus in Washington, D.C. and/or abroad
  • Complete a global internship and an IR capstone that confronts a current, real-world policy challenge

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Ben Albert

I am Maxwell

“The most impactful part of a degree from Maxwell is the incredible network of passionately civic-minded individuals you immediately have access to. The confluence of world-class professors who have learned by doing and accomplished peers from around the world makes Maxwell an incredibly special place.”

Ben Albert ’13 M.A.I.R.

Director, Corporate Partnerships, Save the Children

The Maxwell Advantage

Jennifer Proch

I am Maxwell.

As a proficient speaker of German, Jen Proch was thrilled to discover the Maxwell School’s Atlantis Program, in which students can earn master’s degrees from both Maxwell and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. “My internship at the Council of Europe confirmed how much I enjoy research and writing. And it provided insight into how I can use those skills in a job setting,” says Proch.

Jennifer Proch ’21

M.A. in international relations (Maxwell) / master of international affairs (Hertie)

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Where do our alumni work?


Maxwell M.A.I.R. graduates are leading change in every sector all over the world. Current alumni job titles include:

  • Community Engagement Manager, Southern California Edison
  • Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation
  • District Organizing Director, 1st Congressional District Iowa Democratic Party
  • Executive Director, Philippine-American Educational Foundation
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Senior Latin America Energy Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Senior Public Manager, General Secretariat of the Romanian Government

What career tracks are offered?


As part of your program, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to work in a range of positions and organizations. You'll also develop expertise in one of the following topical or regional areas:

  • Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Governance, Diplomacy and International Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • Peace, Security and Conflict
  • Regional concentration

Maxwell ranks #1 for schools of public affairs.


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Roza Vasileva

Connect with an Alumni Ambassador


Learn about our community from the people who know us best! Ambassadors are passionate champions of the Maxwell School who are using their education to make real and lasting change in the world. Alumni from every degree program and a range of sectors and industries are available to answer your questions. Connect with one today.

Pictured: Alumni Ambassador Roza Vasileva ’13 M.P.A. / M.A. (IR), ICT and Open Data Consultant, The World Bank

I am Maxwell

Initially, I was looking at programs that were primarily focused on Intelligence, Security Studies and National Security. However, I was worried about picking a master’s program that was very specific and didn’t want to pigeon-hole myself too early in my career. I chose Maxwell because of the broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum, the expert faculty, and its strong ties to the military community.

Lorraine Bower ’19 M.A.(I.R.)

Advisory Consultant, Grant Thornton / U.S. Army Reserve

Lorraine Bower