• Welcome to Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School

    Skills, knowledge, and perspective — for people who plan to change the world

    Maxwell is home to one of the nation's top-ranked Master's of Public Administration degrees (according to U.S. News & World Report), providing 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 an ambitiously interdisciplinary MA in International Relations, combining scholarly coursework with global internships and selected skills instruction. This program was recently ranked top-15 by Foreign Affairs.

    And alongside those is an array of powerful dual and joint degrees, including the Public Relations/International Relations program, the Master's of Public Health, and the two-continent Atlantis Program, among others.

    Maxwell graduates are famously inventive and savvy. Employers trust them to possess not just the skills of leadership but that special combination of big-picture thinking and connect-the-dots pragmatism that makes PAIA alumni especially valuable.

    What makes Maxwell special? It's all these things . . .

    Faculty.  At Maxwell, students learn from senior, full-time professors who are also great researchers and/or former practitioners in public affairs. They're accessible. They're concerned. They're mentors.  And, students will tell you, they're colleagues.

    Interdisciplinary Extras. Because Maxwell is also home to scholarly degree programs in the social sciences —  and 10 research institutes on such topics as public policy, global affairs, national security, public health, and conflict resolution - students encounter innumerable opportunities to combine their MPA or MAIR with research and specialized instruction.

    Global Reach. While the MPA prepares students for management and policy careers in all settings (domestic or international), the MAIR integrates a required global internship. IR students benefit from academic and practicum opportunities in close to 20 countries —  or in Washington, D.C., where the Maxwell-in-Washington programs are co-located at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Alumni Connections. PAIA alumni bring passion to their careers in government, NGOs, the policy sector, and other public and quasi-public organizations —  the same passion they bring to their Maxwell affiliation. Students graduate into a community of loyal alumni in 149 different countries on whom they can depend throughout their own great careers.

    The value of the Maxwell School approach is borne out in employment outcomes. The most recent post-graduate employment survey shows a 95% pre/post-graduate employment rate for MPA and a 96% employment rate for MAIR graduates. The majority of graduates finalized their positions within three months of graduation (though many, in fact, had found positions even before graduating).  Additionally, the versatility of Maxwell’s MPA and MAIR is evidenced in the breadth of sectors where employers are represented, and by the diversity of functional specialty required in the graduates’ new jobs. Breadth and diversity of that kind bodes well for career growth over the years and decades to come for these recent graduates.

    To learn all the reasons Maxwell is a great place to launch a life of service, responsibility, and understanding for the public good, visit Why Maxwell?. Then visit Degrees to explore the programs that generations of former Maxwell students have used to launch some of the best careers in public affairs.

  • Value of Maxwell Degrees

    With MPA and MAIR graduate employment rates of 95% and 96% across a variety of sectors, our 2017 survey shows how in-demand Maxwell graduates are in the job market. See the survey results.

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    Michelmore paper on EITC, household finances published in JPAM

    "The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Household Finances," co-authored by Katherine Michelmore, was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Michelmore and co-author Lauren E. Jones found that a $1,000 policy-induced increase in the average household EITC leads to a 3 percentage point increase in the likelihood of holding money in a savings or checking account.

    Student Antonio Michel discusses participatory budgeting in PA Times

    "A Bright Hope in The City of Lights," written by MPA student Antonio Michel, was published in PA Times. Michel writes about the success of participatory budgeting — a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources — in Paris, France.

    Dennison weighs in on recent Upstate controversies on Syracuse.com

    Tom Dennison, director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, was quoted in the Syracuse.com article "Troubles at Syracuse's Upstate Medical: disruption or growing pains?" Dennison says the recent events at Upstate don't "paint a picture of stability." "This is too important an asset in our community to allow this kind of disruption," he adds.
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