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research centers generating policy-relevant insight into pressing issues

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ranked for public affairs (U.S. News & World Report)

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departments teaching excellence in social science and public/international affairs

Influence with Integrity

It’s not just an education. It’s a mindset. Maxwell students celebrate diverse people and ideas. They value informed and ethical leadership. They are engaged—and engaging—citizens primed to shape the future.

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Our acclaimed education programs combine the study of human society and relationships with opportunities to address relevant social challenges.

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U.S. News Ranking Badge
The 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Public Affairs Schools rankings have been released. In addition to #1 overall, Maxwell received high marks across a wide range of subspecialties within public affairs.

Maxwell remembers Madeleine Albright, first female Secretary of State

In her remarks at the Tanner Lecture Series in 2016, Madeleine Albright discussed her distinguished career in foreign service, remarking, “I know a lot of people think of international relations as a game of chess. It is not a game of chess—that’s two people sitting quietly making decisions in time between their moves. It’s more like a game of pool...trying to figure out what ball is affected by what is what making foreign policy is about, and trying to make decisions about the consequences of decisions.”
Students standing at convocation
Syracuse University Commencement and Maxwell School Convocation ceremonies will take place May 13-15.
Rendering of CSIS building
Maxwell’s D.C.-based facilities at the Center for Security and International Studies are a perfect launching point for networked, effective leaders prepared with the knowledge, skills and connections to get things done.
Professors Colleen Heflin and Madonna Harrington Meyer posing with masks on the Maxwell Foyer

Pandemic research by Maxwell faculty and students is shaping policy and perception on everything from aging to opioid addiction. Read our coverage from the winter issue of Maxwell Perspective.

Best Grad Schools listing #1 in nation for public affairs
The latest U.S. News survey of peer institutions places Maxwell’s public affairs graduate program in the top position.
Shana Gadarian
Inspired by her own experiences with “the best professors,” alumna Merle Goldberg Fabian ’59 donated $3 million to fund a professorship that champions responsible citizenship and educates students on the importance of critical thinking in service of democratic values. 

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Our faculty and students are making breakthroughs, connecting with communities and engaging with with the most pressing issues of today. Keep up with everything going on at Maxwell.

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More Than Halfway There!


With incredible support, our start is strong. But to meet our campaign goals, we will need to raise the remaining $45 million to support Campaign Priorities from the School’s long-range strategic plan.

$125,000,000campaign goal
2013the year the campaign started
64% Funded
2024the year the campaign will end

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Lauren McNamara

I am Maxwell.

I knew that I was interested in going into environmental work, but I was missing that natural sciences foundation. ESP has given me the qualitative and quantitative foundation that I needed...The faculty members were amazing in encouraging me and helping me make it all work.”

Lauren McNamara ’21 B.A.

Triple major: international relations; economics; environment, sustainability and policy

Read about Lauren’s experiences at Maxwell