Visit Days - 2018

Each Spring the PAIA Department hosts several on-campus visit days for our Admitted MPA and MA IR students. The Spring 2018 dates are:  

  Monday, March 26   *    Monday, April 2   *    Monday, April 9


Each on-campus visit day will begin at 8:30 am with a Continental Breakfast and Welcome for all students.  Visiting students will select an agenda that has an MPA or MA IR focus (each with its own course options.  Each agenda will feature a round table discussion / information session with our Director of Admission and Financial Aid and current students; a review of career resources and pathways with representatives from the Maxwell's Palmer Center for Career Development; a tour of the facility; and a relaxed lunch with PAIA faculty and students to further discuss the programs and academic life at Maxwell. Visitors will be able to chose a class to attend as below:  MPA focus (morning classes) and MA IR focus (afternoon classes).  Isaac Olson our Global Programs Coordinator will also offer an information session on the abroad and internship components of the MA IR program.    

Each Visit Day will begin at 9:00 am and end by 5:00 pm (depending on which afternoon class(es) visitors choose to attend).  A continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  This format offers our visitors the chance to not only become acquainted with the Maxwell School, its MPA and MA IR programs, faculty and students, but also with one another (possible future classmates).  

MARCH 26 provides a special opportunity for our admitted students to attend the Paul Volker Lecture in Behavioral Economics, "Restoring the American Dream:  New Lessons from Big Data" featuring Dr. Raj Chetty at 4:00 pm.  Dr. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. He is one of the worlds most acclaimed scholars in social science research. A separate RSVP for this lecture is recommended as the event is expected to fill to capacity.  More details and to RSVP 

Visitors are able to select from the following classes*: 

 8:30 - 9:15 Continental Breakfast and Welcome (all) 
Morning Class Options:  (MPA focus) 
 9:30 - 12:15 
 Managing the Policy Process (Siddiki)
 Fund Development for Non-Profit Organizations (Carboni)
 UN Organizations: Managing for Change (Hyder) 
 Science, Technology & Public Policy (Lambright) 

Those visitors selecting an IR focus day will have their round table discussion in the morning.  
Those visitors selecting an MPA focus day will have their round table discussion in the afternoon.
Afternoon Class Options: (IR focus)
 12:45 - 2:05 
 Economics of Development (McPeak) 
 Ethics and Morality in Public Affairs (Radcliffe) 
 Public Finance: An International Perspective (Hou)
 2:15 - 3:35 
 IR Global Programs / Internship Session (Olson)
Late Afternoon Class Options - available to all 
 3:45 - 5:05
 Research Design for International Relations (McPeak) 
 Economics of Environmental Policy (Popp) 
 Cities, Spaces and Power (Pellow) tentative 

 * Please note that in some rare cases class attendance may not be possible for all classes each visit day.  We will confirm at each visit day if any classes are not available.  


Since we have limited ability to help house our visitors overnight with current students, you may wish to seek out reasonable rates at the following hotels in and around Syracuse University. All hotels listed below have Excellent or Above Ratings.  This listing is provided as a resource, and all hotels have complimentary shuttle service to/from Hancock International Airport unless noted.    

Hotel Skyler by Hilton
seasonable rates around $124-130 per night  - short walk to campus
Syracuse's first LEED Platimum hotel, complimentary parking - no shuttle service available

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel 
seasonable rates around $164+per night - adjacent to campus

Genesee Grande Hotel
seasonable rates around $134-140 per night
Complimentary shuttle service to/from Hancock International Airport and to campus based on availability

The ParkView Hotel - Syracuse
has AAA rate around $119-125 

Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor
not walking distance to campus - seasonable rates of $100-110 per night