Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
|Dean||David Van Slyke|
|Affiliations||APSIA, NASPAA, APPAM, Truman Scholarship, Rangel Fellowship, Robertson Foundation, Pickering Fellowship, PPIA, Open Society Foundations, and Teach For America|
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (commonly known as the Maxwell School) is Syracuse University's home for professional degree programs in public administration and international relations; scholarly, doctoral programs in the social sciences; and undergraduate instruction in the social sciences. Maxwell is ranked as the #1 program for public affairs in the country.
The Maxwell School hosts the oldest public administration degree in the United States.
The school is named for George Holmes Maxwell, a Syracuse alumnus and Boston patent attorney who in 1924 donated $500,000 to the university to establish a school which would aim "to cull from every source those principles, facts, and elements which, combined, make up our rights and duties and our value and distinctiveness as United States citizens". Maxwell's initial interest was in training all undergraduates for their roles as informed citizens in the American democracy; University officials convinced him the school should also provide professional training for future government officials and other public servants.
The Maxwell School was dedicated on October 3, 1924, and was the first program to offer a graduate professional degree in public administration. That Master of Public Administration program is the oldest continuously operating, University-based MPA in the United States.
In 1937, the school took its full name and moved into Maxwell Hall, a purpose-built building on the west end of Syracuse University's main campus. In that year, Syracuse University's graduate programs and undergraduate instruction in the social sciences were moved into Maxwell, giving the school the unusual hybrid structure that remains today.
In 1968, Maxwell professor Dwight Waldo presided over the Minnowbrook I conference, which established the foundations for New Public Administration. Subsequent Minnowbrook II and III conferences were held in 1988 and 2008 at the eponymous Blue Mountain Lake retreat.
The school's rapid growth necessitated the 1990 "Campaign for Maxwell", which raised capital to fund a new building to accommodate the expansion. The result of the campaign was the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Eggers Hall, which opened in 1994. Eggers Hall adjoins Maxwell Hall at the corner, together forming an "L" shaped complex that houses the present-day Maxwell School.
In 2013, the Maxwell School and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C., entered into a collaborative agreement that included headquartering all Maxwell operations at CSIS.
The school also hosts or co-hosts nine research institutes, encouraging interdisciplinary study and conversation within such broad rubrics as global affairs, domestic policy, conflict and collaboration, environmental studies, aging, public wellness, citizenship, and national security and counterterrorism.
Maxwell now offers an Online Executive Master of Public Administration degree.
Maxwell was ranked as the top graduate program for public affairs in the country by U.S. News and World Report from 1995-2018, #2 in 2019, and again #1 in 2020. Maxwell is ranked the top school in the sub-specialty of Public Management/Administration and top-ten in four other areas.
Joint and concurrent degrees
- Master of Public Health, with SUNY Upstate Medical
- Public Diplomacy, with the Newhouse School
- Documentary Film and History, with the Newhouse School
- Masters in Public Administration with School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Maxwell maintains formal relationships with a number of American and global institutions, among them the Chinese Academy of Governance, East China Normal University, Fudan University, the Hertie School of Governance, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the Korea Development Institute, the Korea Institute for Public Administration, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Seoul National University, and Tsinghua University,.
Online Executive Master of Public Administration Program
The Maxwell School offers an online Executive Master of Public Administration degree for mid-career professionals. The curriculum requires 30 credits, includes live online classes and real-world learning opportunities, and can be completed in 15 months. Courses focus on mastery in leading and managing organizations with diverse stakeholders; formulating, implementing, and evaluating policy; and applying rigorous and evidence-based analysis to inform decision-making.
Government and politics
- John R. Bass, US Ambassador to Georgia, Turkey, and Afghanistan (BA '86)
- John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia (MPA '81)
- David Bing, Mayor, City of Detroit (MS '06 & JD '06)
- Andrew R. Ciesla, Senator, State of New Jersey (MPA '76)
- James B. Cunningham, Ambassador for Kabul, Afghanistan (BA '74)
- Kwabena Duffuor, Finance Minister of Ghana (MA '75)
- Robert Duffy, New York Lieutenant Governor (MPA '98)
- James E. Graves, Jr., Federal Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (MPA '81)
- Stanley L. Greigg, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from northwestern Iowa (MPA '56)
- Ponatshego Kedikilwe, Vice President, Republic of Botswana (MPA '72)
- Stephanie Miner, Mayor, Syracuse, NY (BA '92)
- Mohammad Al Murr, Speaker, UAE Federal National Council (BA '78)
- Bismark Myrick, former Ambassador to Liberia (MA '73)
- Masahide Ota, Governor, Okinawa Prefecture (MA '56)
- Matt Rhoades, American political consultant and strategist for the Republican National Committee (MPA '00)
- Steve Rothman, member, US House of Representatives (BA '74)
- Donna Shalala, Member of the US House of Representatives and former Secretary of Health and Human Services (MPA '70 & PhD '70)
- Arun Shourie, Indian politician and civil servant (PhD '66 & MA '65)
- Christine Varney, former Antitrust Officer Department of Justice (MPA '78)
- John P. White, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense (PhD '69 & MPA '64)
- Benjamin Diokno, Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Economics and Department of Budget and Management secretary of the Philippines, 1998-2001 and 2016–present (PhD '81)
- Marc S. Ellenbogen, President, Prague Society for International Cooperation and Chairman, Global Panel Foundation (MIR '85)
- Mark Emmert, President, NCAA (former President, University of Washington) (MPA '76, PhD '83)
- Walter Broadnax, former President, Clark Atlanta University (PhD '75)
- Sean O'Keefe, University Professor at the Maxwell School; former CEO, EADS North America (former Administrator of NASA and former Chancellor, Louisiana State University) (MPA '79)
- Kent John Chabotar, President, Guilford College (MPA '69 & PhD '73)
- Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University (PhD '85)
- William M. LeoGrande, former Dean, American University School of International Service (BA '71 & MA '73)
- Joseph Rallo, former President, Angelo State University and Vice Chancellor, Texas Tech University (MA '78 & PhD '80)
- Kenneth P. Ruscio, President, Washington and Lee University (MPA '78 & PhD '83)
- Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President, Baruch College (formerly 8th Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs) (MPA '72)
- James F. Rinehart, Dean, Troy University, College of Arts and Sciences (MS '91 & PhD '93)
- Al-Waleed bin Talal, founder and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company, member of the Saudi Royal Family (MSSc '85)
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