Programs of Study

A hallmark of the Maxwell School is the breadth and diversity of its programming. No other school of public affairs combines these components:

Master’s degrees for future professionals in public administration and international relations.

Maxwell’s MPA was the first of its kind in the nation and is top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools survey. The international relations program is now held in similar regard, having grown and developed quickly over its nearly 20 years of existence. It draws on many of the same faculty members and resources as the M.P.A., while also utilizing Maxwell’s social science faculty, including that of the School’s highly regarded political science and economics departments.

Note, too, that customized versions of Maxwell’s professional degree programs are made available to midcareer, international, and other specialized audiences, via the Executive Education midcareer programs.

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Master’s and doctoral degrees in the social sciences.

Specifically, Maxwell offers graduate degrees in these social-science disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, social science, and sociology. The public administration department offers a PhD, as well. Many of these departments are among the most esteemed at Syracuse University, and are well-known nationally and internationally.

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Undergraduate instruction in the social science disciplines.  

These include anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, history, political science, policy studies (via undergraduate Public Affairs), and sociology; and the new interdisciplinary major in Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Undergraduates receive instruction from many of the same professors who teach Maxwell's highly regarded graduate curriculum. Undergraduate degrees in these disciplines are awarded through Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, as part of the larger liberal-arts experience.

Citizenship and Civic Engagement, launching in fall 2013, is pursued in coordination with a second social-science major. Students gain enhanced analytical skills while also developing specific plans to solve civic and social issues - a combination suitable to virtually any public-affairs career. The new major draws on the School's innovative, interdisciplinary MAX Courses-a descendant of Maxwell's seminal "citizenship literacy" curriculum of the 1930s-1960s.

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