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Jill Leonhardt

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University ranks first among graduate schools of public affairs, according to a U.S. News and World Report survey released today.  Maxwell has held the number-one spot since this rankings category was created in 1995. 

Maxwell also ranked number one in the public affairs specialties of public management administration, and public finance and budgeting, and in the top ten in nonprofit management, information technology management, environmental policy and management, public-policy analysis, and city management and urban policy.

At the core of Maxwell’s reputation in public affairs is its master of public administration degree program, which was created nearly 90 years ago – the nation’s first such professional program.  Maxwell is the only graduate school whose professional programs in public administration and international relations are integrated with its highly regarded social science departments (political science, economics, history, anthropology, sociology, and geography).

“This connection between academic and professional programs is at the heart of what sets Maxwell apart from other schools of public affairs,” according to Dean James Steinberg.  “Maxwell offers students a unique opportunity to integrate theory, policy, and practice.”

The U.S. News public affairs program rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors, and department chairs representing 266 master of public affairs and public administration programs nationwide.  Respondents were asked to rate the academic quality of the master’s programs.

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The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is the premier academic institution in the United States committed to scholarship, civic leadership, and education in public and international affairs. Maxwell is home to Syracuse University’s social science departments and to numerous nationally recognized multidisciplinary graduate programs in public policy, international studies, social policy, and conflict resolution. Maxwell's graduate program in public administration -- the first of its kind in the nation -- is ranked consistently the leading graduate public affairs program in the country.