• Public Administration and International Affairs Department

    Prepare to lead and make a difference in your community and around the world.

    Maxwell is home to top-ranked graduate professional programs that prepare emerging and midcareer leaders with the knowledge, experience and skills to have an enduring impact on the public good. The department of Public Administration and International Affairs offers a range of flexible degree programs that students can tailor based on their level of professional experience, career goals, preferred learning format, schedule and location.

    Maxwell’s Master of Public Administration degree is consistently top-ranked (#1 in Public Management and Leadership, top 10 for 10 specialty rankings, US News Best Grad Schools 2019), and provides a skills-based education that is concentrated and broadly applicable — for leaders within not only the public sector, but anywhere leadership is essential.

    In the same department, Maxwell offers a highly ranked (Teaching, Research, and International Policy TRIP Survey, Foreign Policy 2018), and ambitiously interdisciplinary MA in International Relations that combines scholarly coursework with global internships and selected skills instruction.

    Alongside our MPA and MAIR programs is an array of powerful dual and joint degrees that draw on the strengths of Syracuse University’s scholarly departments and professional schools. These include the Public Relations/International Relations program offered with the prestigious SI Newhouse School of Public Communications for students interested in the field of public diplomacy, the International Relations/Economics program within Maxwell, and the two-continent Atlantis Program, among others.

    Our executive programs prepare midcareer public service professionals to take the next step in their careers through our Executive Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of International Relations programs, offered in Syracuse, Washington, DC, and Online.

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    Learn from renowned faculty, experts in their field

    Public Administration and International Affairs faculty are known for their groundbreaking research, drawing upon Maxwell's broader, multi-disciplinary makeup, and encouraged by the internationally known Research Centers and Institutes that Maxwell sponsors.

    Our faculty are experts in a spectrum of fields, including public management, public finance, social policy (food security, poverty, family structures, health, education, energy and technology), security, development and humanitarian action, international economic institutions, environmental policy, and NGO Management.

    Many are also senior practitioners in public administration and international relations. The Maxwell faculty includes a former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, a recent U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and a senior advisor to the Administrator of USAID.

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    Invest in your career success, earn a valuable Maxwell degree

    Maxwell graduates are famously inventive and savvy. Employers trust that our students possess not just leadership skills, but also that special combination of big-picture thinking and connect-the-dots pragmatism that makes public administration and international relations alumni especially valuable. Nearly all of our MPA and MAIR graduates are employed within six months of graduating, at rates of 95% and 96% respectively across sectors, or enroll in a PhD program.