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M.A. (IR) Representative Employers


  • AT&T
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Just Results
  • Miller & Meier Consulting


  • European Central Bank
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The World Bank
  • World Wildlife Fund


  • Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED)
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • UNITY for the Homeless
  • InterFaith Works of CNY


  • Library of Congress
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Treasury Department


  • Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Harris County Public Health


M.A. (IR) Representative Titles

  • Anti-Money Laundering Analyst
  • Assistant Director of Digital Communications
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Information Specialist
  • Emergency Food Aid Coordinator
  • Gender and Research Analyst
  • Program Associate
  • Program Services Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Research Director Research Analyst
  • Senior Consultant


2022 Percentage by Sector, M.A. (IR)

Maxwell’s Palmer Career Center sends out employment surveys to our M.A. (IR) graduates six months after graduation. Eighty-two percent of the students who graduated from the M.A. (IR) program in 2022 responded to the survey. 

2021 Percentage by Sector, M.A. (IR)

Sixty-five percent of the students who graduated from the M.A. (IR) program in 2021 responded to the survey. 

2020 Percentage by Sector, M.A. (IR)

Seventy-eight percent of the students who graduated from the M.A. (IR) program in 2020 responded to the survey. 

2019 Percentage by Sector, M.A. (IR)

2018 Percentage by Sector, M.A. (IR)

Graduate Professional Salary Trends

According to the salary information provided by employers, starting salary paid to new graduates working in nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, federal government agencies, international NGOs or private consulting firms ranges anywhere from $40,000 to $85,000 in ascending order, respectively.

Since our graduate professional programs specifically look for applicants with a public service orientation, most of our students expect to graduate and begin their careers in one of the above professions. That said, our M.P.A. and M.A. (IR) programs include strong analytical, managerial and financial preparation, readying our graduates to move across sectors over the course of their careers. Many have gone on to serve the public good in financially lucrative private businesses including health care, financial services, disaster management, infrastructure/development, defense technologies, transportation and other fields.

Ultimately, students should pick a degree and a program based on the type of work they want to do and how well that program prepares them to be successful in both the short term and the long term. With typical placement rates between 95% - 100%, the Maxwell School’s professional graduate programs are a great fit for those who aspire to work in fields with a public service orientation.


Howard and Louise Phanstiel

A Career of Service Across Sectors

I was afforded incredible responsibility and accountability as a young professional [working in state budge offices] to provide leadership in finding operational efficiencies, in establishing spending and revenue priorities, and in developing new policy...Budgeting was a great experience that helped me hone financial, communication, negotiation and analytical skills, which served me well through my entire career.”

Howard “Howie” Phanstiel ’70 (PSc), ’71 (M.P.A.)

former president, CEO and chairman, PacifiCare Health Systems; Syracuse University Life Trustee

Read more about Howie’s career trajectory and advice to 2017 Maxwell M.P.A. graduates

Palmer Career Center
202 Maxwell Hall