Syracuse University

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Master of International Relations and Economics


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of International Relations and Economics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Earn two MA degrees in two years to prepare for the changing demands of the global marketplace: The Masters Degree in Economics and the Professional MA Degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School. The interplay between international relations and economic forces dominates our attention today. The daily headlines reveal the extent of global conflict rooted in economics--everything from transatlantic trade wars, to sovereign debt default to environmental devastation. Students of international relations cannot fully appreciate the underpinnings and solutions to modern conflict without a firm grasp of economic principles. Furthermore, in the increasingly competitive job market, IR students with a firm grounding in economic theory and applied quantitative techniques hold a distinct advantage in building quality careers in government, the private sector or with non-government organizations. The Maxwell School has introduced a Joint Economics and International Relations Option. This rigorous course of study allows you to earn two MA degrees--in International Relations and in Economics--in only two years. You will be expected to complete challenging courses in economic theory as well as econometrics, in addition to core courses in International Relations. We expect our most promising IR students with a strong interest in Economics to take advantage of this unique opportunity to acquire a strong interdisciplinary expertise. The Department of Economics offers a Masters Degree that emphasizes the simultaneous development of a strong grounding in economic concepts and the rigorous application of theory to applied, policy-oriented settings. Graduates of Economics lead a wide variety of careers in business and government, including management, consulting, research and policy analysis. The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs offers the Professional MA in International Relations that prepares students for leadership in public and international affairs. The Program emphasizes integrative interdisciplinary social science perspectives and practical and collaborative experiences that enable students to deal with global issues of governance and policy. Students have the option of enhancing their professional and theoretical skills with a challenging internship in any of our many amazing global programs or in Washington, D.C.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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