Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Motto Advancing Citizenship, Scholarship, and Leadership around the world.
Established 1924
Type Private
Parent institution
Syracuse University
Dean James B. Steinberg
Postgraduates 800
Location Syracuse, NY, USA
Affiliations APSIA

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (commonly known as the Maxwell School) is the public policy school of Syracuse University. The school conducts research and offers graduate degrees in the social sciences, public administration, and international affairs. Maxwell is ranked as the top graduate program for public affairs in the country.[1]

The Maxwell School is the oldest public affairs school in the United States.[2]


  • History 1
  • Departments 2
  • Rankings 3
  • Joint and Concurrent Degrees 4
  • Notable alumni 5
    • Government and Politics 5.1
    • Non-profit 5.2
    • Academia 5.3
    • Private sector 5.4
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The Maxwell/Eggers complex in Syracuse, New York.

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".[3]

The Maxwell School was dedicated on October 3, 1924, and was the first program to offer a graduate professional degree in public administration. Its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is the oldest continuously operating University-based program 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 1968, Maxwell professor Dwight Waldo presided over the Minnowbrook I conference, which established the foundations for New Public Administration.[4] Subsequent Minnowbrook II and III conferences were held in 1988 and 2008 at the eponymous Blue Mountain Lake retreat.[5]

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.[6] Eggers Hall adjoins Maxwell Hall at the corner, together forming an "L" shaped complex that houses the present-day Maxwell School.



Maxwell has been ranked as the top graduate program for public affairs in the country by U.S. News and World Report since that magazine began publishing such rankings in 1995.[7] Maxwell is the only school among the 50 in the U.S. News and World Report survey that ranks in the top ten of all nine specialty areas (City Management, Environmental Policy & Management, Health Policy & Management, Information & Technology Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Finance & Budgeting, Public Management/Administration, Public Policy Analysis, and Social Policy).

Maxwell is listed as one of the top ten professional schools for International Relations by Foreign Policy.[8]

Joint and Concurrent Degrees

Maxwell maintains formal relationships with a number of American and global institutions, among them the China National School of Administration, Tsinghua University, the Hertie School of Governance, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore,[12] and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Notable alumni

Government and Politics



Private sector


  1. ^
  2. ^ Maxwell School of Syracuse University
  3. ^ Maxwell School of Syracuse University
  4. ^ Democracy and public administration By Richard C. Box
  5. ^ Minnowbrook III: What Was Missing?
  6. ^ Eggers Hall / Maxwell Expansion
  7. ^ Maxwell School Again Named #1 Graduate School of Public Affairs by U.S. News & World Report
  8. ^ International Relations Program Ranking
  9. ^ CNYMPH
  10. ^ Public Diplomacy home
  11. ^ Documentary Film and History Masters Program
  12. ^ IIMB Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management

External links

  • Official website