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The Maxwell School Ranks Top 10 for 10 Public Affairs Specialties

The Maxwell School is a Recognized Leader in Public Affairs Education Yet Again

The Maxwell School Ranks Top 10 for 10 Public Affairs Specialties, US News and World Report / Best Graduate Schools 2019

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is once again among the top-ranked graduate schools of public affairs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Grad Schools, and is highly ranked in 11 of the 12 public affairs specialties.

“We’re proud to receive the recognition of our peers across so many categories of excellence—10 specialties ranked in the top 10—as we pursue our mission to provide the very best professional education for our students,” says David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “The strength of Maxwell’s professional programs has always been in its flexibility and diversity, drawing not only on the breadth of expertise of its public administration and policy faculty but also its award-winning social science disciplinary scholars.”

In the Best Graduate School of Public Affairs category, Maxwell is ranked No. 2. The school has consistently held the number one or number two spot since the rankings began in 1995.

Among specialty areas, Maxwell remains ranked No. 1 for Public Management and Leadership, and climbs to No. 2 in the areas of Nonprofit Management, Public Finance and Budgeting, and Information Technology and Management.

The range and versatility of Maxwell’s program is reflected also in its very strong standing among two new categories: the school ranks No. 5 in the area of International/Global Policy and No. 6 in the area of Local Government Management.

1        Public Management and Leadership
2        Nonprofit Management
2        Public Finance and Budgeting
2        Information Technology and Management
5        International/Global Policy
6        Local Government Management
7        Urban Policy
7        Environmental Policy and Management
8        Public Policy Analysis
9        Social Policy
11      Health Policy and Management

“It’s gratifying to see the Maxwell School earn the high regard of its peers across the spectrum of specializations, especially in areas where the university is making strategic commitments, such as internationalization,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud.

The U.S. News public affairs program rankings are based on a reputational survey of deans, directors and department chairs representing 282 master’s programs in public affairs and administration, with a response rate of 49 percent.

About the Maxwell School (@MaxwellSU)

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. It is consistently ranked among America’s top graduate school of public affairs (U.S. News & World Report), offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences; and it is also home to Syracuse University’s undergraduate programs across the social sciences.

Maxwell scholars conduct wide-ranging research through nine interdisciplinary centers, each focused on a topical area within public affairs, such as governance, social and economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public wellness, aging, energy and environment, national security, regional studies and more. For more information, please visit

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience. The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

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