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  • 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 the nation for graduate education in public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report), 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.

    Start today. Learn  more about our programs.

    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.

    View the complete list of PAIA faculty.

    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.

  • Commitment to Inclusion

    The Maxwell School stands in support of all who are demanding change in the face of racism, violence, and hate speech. We are committed to making our school, our university, and our communities more inclusive and just for all.

    There is absolutely no place for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or religious beliefs.

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  • News

    Popp discusses Biden's infrastructure plan, cutting emissions in Grist

    President Biden wants the U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030. The administration’s best hope for meeting that 50 percent reduction target appears to be his $2 trillion infrastructure package. But as currently envisioned, the package doesn’t include legally binding limits on carbon pollution. "The infrastructure plan to me is a down payment," says Professor David Popp. "Without the ‘stick’—without some national level policy that puts a cap on emissions—it’s hard to make a credible case that we’ll definitely be able to follow through" on the 50 percent goal, Popp says. Read more in the Grist article, "Biden’s only hope to cut emissions in half? His infrastructure plan."

     

    Burman piece on Biden's capital gains tax proposal published in Forbes

    President Biden wants to boost taxes on the wealthy. One way he proposes to do this is by raising capital gains tax for people earning $1 million or more. "This [proposal] is a significant reform that would close loopholes that fuel inefficient tax sheltering and make the income tax more progressive, and help pay for some of Biden’s domestic policy wish list," writes Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. Read more about Burman's assessment of President Biden's proposal in his article, "Biden Would Close Giant Capital Gains Loopholes—At Least For The Rich," published in Forbes.