Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Posted by: Hassan83 - 9/11/2010
Country: United States
The School’s number-one ranking — awarded by U.S. News & World Report for as long as rankings in public affairs have been offered — reflects the strength of the School’s public administration program and M.P.A. degree. Syracuse University was the first in the nation to offer graduate professional education in public administration, beginning in 1924, and the program has been unwaveringly strong ever since.
Sitting alongside public administration is a well-regarded interdisciplinary program in international relations, offering both a graduate professional degree and undergraduate majors. Maxwell’s I.R. master’s program was recently ranked among the nation’s top ten by Foreign Policy magazine.
And, in an arrangement that is unique among major colleges and universities, Maxwell is also home to Syracuse University’s scholarly programs in the social sciences —anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, social science, and sociology. The co-mingling of these scholarly programs with Maxwell’s professional degrees creates rich, compounding benefits for students and faculty members on both sides of the aisle. Scholarly research is tested by the “real-world” perspective of the professional programs. Meanwhile, career preparation in P.A. and I.R. is informed by a broader understanding born of the social sciences.
Maxwell’s high esteem draws in large part from the unfettered cross-propagation of theory, policy, and practice — apparent in the classroom and in Maxwell’s eight interdisciplinary institutes (some of them co-sponsored with other Syracuse University departments). In the institutes, scholars work side-by-side with practitioners on matters of domestic public policy, global affairs, citizenship and public affairs, environmental policy, conflict resolution and collaborative management, and national and international security, among others.
That’s not all. Maxwell also provides the faculty and curriculum for Syracuse University undergraduates in the social sciences, enrolled through SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Liberal-arts undergrads who major, minor, or choose electives in these departments benefit from the same teachers and interdisciplinary vitality as their counterparts in the master’s and Ph.D. programs.
Add to this remarkable mix the School’s fiercely loyal alumni community and its deep-seated reputation in the halls of government and other public-affairs venues, and you start to understand why, for Maxwell, a number-one ranking is just the beginning of the story.