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Make a difference with the nation’s #1-ranked M.P.A. program

How will you change the world?

If you are looking to make a difference, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs can put you on the right path. At Maxwell, you’ll gain comprehensive skills focused on policy analysis, public management and leadership, and be prepared for success across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

  • 40-credit master’s degree
  • 12 months (or choose an extended 18-month program to complete an internship)
  • On campus and fully residential only
  • A comprehensive curriculum combined with the flexibility to focus on your individual area(s) of interest (see below)
  • Intensive cohort model develops a lifelong network
  • A proven record of students securing employment post-graduation
  • Continually the #1-ranked M.P.A. program

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I am Maxwell

Having the chance to study at the No. 1 public affairs school in the country and continue my family’s Orange legacy was something I couldn’t pass up.”

Burnell Holland ’11 M.P.A.

Founder and CEO, Gilded Knight Consulting

The Nation’s #1 MPA Program


Spend one year preparing for life and work in public affairs across all sectors with the nation’s most-renowned M.P.A. program.

Kelli Sunabe

Fellowships for the Public Good

One thing I would stress for students applying to Maxwell is make sure to apply for financial aid and not to delay or be afraid of asking,” says Kelli Sunabe, whose Robertson Foundation for Government Fellowship covers full tuition plus a stipend. Kelli is finishing her Maxwell studies as a Boren Fellow in Tapei and improving her Mandarin proficency.

Kelli Sunabe ’22 M.P.A./M.A. in international relations

Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow; Boren Fellow

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Areas of Study


  • Data Analytics for Public Policy
  • Environmental Policy and Administration
  • International Development Administration
  • National and International Security Policy
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Public Sector Innovation and Management
  • Social Policy (Aging, Education, Health, Welfare)
  • State and Local Government Financial Analysis and Management

Optional Add-On Certificates


  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Conflict and Collaboration
  • Data Analytics for Public Policy
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • Security Studies

Maxwell ranks #1 for schools of public affairs.


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Lorraine Bower ’19 M.A. (IR), Advisory Consultant, Grant Thornton / U.S. Army Reserve

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 Lorraine Bower ’19 M.A. (IR), Advisory Consultant, Grant Thornton / U.S. Army Reserve

I am Maxwell

Maxwell’s public administration program gave me the tools I needed for success in the public sector and enhanced my leadership capabilities. I learned an incredible amount from both the faculty and diverse student body. These folks remain part of my network, and the tools, including policy writing, negotiation and collaboration, remain in my toolkit.”

Elizabeth Fomegne ’04 B.F.A./'09 M.P.A.

Director, Office of Policy and Planning, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

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