Maxwell School ranks number one for public affairs in 2020
Syracuse, N.Y., March 12, 2019—The Maxwell
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is once again ranked
#1 in the nation for graduate education in public affairs, according to the latest U.S.
News & World Report reputational
This year, the Maxwell School shares the #1 ranking with Indiana University Bloomington.
Maxwell has consistently ranked among the top schools since the category was
created in 1995.
“This is an exciting time to be part of the
Maxwell School and Syracuse University,” says Dean David M. Van Slyke. “As a
student-centered college of social science and public affairs within a top-tier
R1 research university, the School is uniquely positioned to examine and
prepare graduates to manage across the spectrum of contemporary and emerging
Among specialty areas, Maxwell remains #1 in
Public Management and Leadership, and #2 in the areas of Nonprofit Management
as well as Public Finance and Budgeting. The School also ranked highly in nine
other specialties including excellence in Information and Technology Management
(#4), International Global Policy and Administration (#6), Public Policy
Analysis (#7), and Environmental Policy and Management (#8), among others.
“The Maxwell School was established nearly a
century ago for the express purpose of elevating the professional practice of
public administration and empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills
to make a difference in their communities and in the world,” says Robert
Bifulco, associate dean and chair of public administration and international affairs
(PAIA). “We strive continuously to move the discipline forward by reinvesting
in our strengths — that is, our teaching and research excellence across the
social sciences and public administration, and opportunities for students and
faculty to engage in interdisciplinary discovery across policy areas through
Maxwell’s ten research centers and institutes.”
In January, the Maxwell School announced a new
campus-wide initiative to support teaching and interdisciplinary research of Autonomous
Systems Policy, Law and Governance. The
initiative will leverage Syracuse University’s breadth of expertise at the
intersection of technology and policymaking, drawing from the fields of public
administration, social science, public health, the humanities, law,
engineering, business, data science, and communications. “This initiative will
give students incredible exposure to, and expertise in, the field and allow
faculty to reach across disciplinary lines to conduct much-needed research into
the policy implications of our increasing reliance on autonomous technologies,”
says Chair and Professor of Geography Jamie Winders, who is leading the effort.
May 6, the School will host the Autonomous Systems Policy Initiative
Symposium to convene University faculty
and outside experts on autonomous systems to shape and structure the effort.
Earlier this year, Maxwell announced
a new Data Analytics for Public Policy area of
study for Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree candidates, and added an
internship option for all MPA candidates. “Maxwell alumni already enjoy
meaningful careers in data science and data analysis at institutions like the
World Bank, the Government Accountability Office, the NYS Department of
Education, in private companies, and in academic research settings,” says
Bifulco. “Codifying this as an area of study will allow us to deepen and expand
our strong relationships with employers in this area and ensure that Maxwell
remains at the leading edge of this rapidly evolving field.”
The School also launched a “fast-track"
BA/MAIR program, through which any undergraduate at Syracuse University may
apply, in their junior year, to prepare for direct matriculation into Maxwell’s
highly ranked master’s program in international relations. Students in this
four-plus-one program, after completing their bachelor’s degree, immediately
begin work on their MA, which they receive after one full year of graduate
study, decreasing the usual timeframe by a full semester.
Also for undergraduates, Maxwell added an Integrated
Learning Major in Environment, Sustainability, and Policy, a new interdisciplinary
double major program for students looking to complement their base major in the
social or natural sciences, or one of the professional schools.
About the Rankings
The U.S. News 2020 rankings of public
affairs programs, completed in 2019, are based solely on a survey of deans,
directors, and department chairs representing 285 master’s programs in public
affairs and administration. Two surveys were sent to each school. The response
rate was 52 percent. Respondents were asked to rate the academic quality of the
master’s programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). The MPA
programs at Syracuse University and the University of Indiana Bloomington each earned
an average rating of 4.4 out of 5.
About the Maxwell School (@MaxwellSU)
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse
University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in
the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international
relations. It is consistently ranked among America’s top graduate schools of
public affairs (U.S. News & World
Report), offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced
scholarly degrees in the social sciences; and it is also home to Syracuse
University’s undergraduate programs across the social sciences.
Maxwell scholars conduct wide-ranging research through ten interdisciplinary
centers, each focused on a topical area within public affairs, such as
governance, social and economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public
wellness, aging, energy and environment, national security, regional studies,
and more. For more information, please visit maxwell.syr.edu.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a
private, international research university with distinctive academics,
diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic
heart of New York
State, with a global footprint
and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college
experience, as well as innovative online learning environments. The scope of
Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths. At Syracuse University, we
offer a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools
and colleges and 18 online degree programs. We have more than 15,000
undergraduates and 7,500 graduate students, more than a quarter of a million
alumni in 160 countries, and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and
123 countries. For more information, please visit syracuse.edu.
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University