Syracuse University

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Social Science


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Master of Social Science

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Syracuse University's Master of Social Science (MSSc) Degree Program features an interdisciplinary approach to broad social science problems based on a comparative analysis of the world’s major cultural areas. The curriculum pays special attention to the issues of international studies, the foundations and development of major societies and questions involving war and society.  The specially designed program requires a total of four weeks of residency during the program, and therefore suits students whose careers make traditional classroom study impossible. MSSc students earn a full-fledged master's degree from the Maxwell School. Study for the master of social science degree can begin at any time of the year.  

MSSc students include many non-government organization officials, teachers, military personnel, government officers, journalists, and corporate executives involved in international business. Many live and work abroad, or have jobs requiring extensive travel. While the program is fully academic in nature, the varied professional backgrounds of the students enrich the conversation and the educational experience.

Each member of the MSSc faculty is a senior professor in the relevant Maxwell Department. While each is rooted in his or her own discipline, the faculty works together to ensure that the program reflects an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Students in the program are trained to think broadly, bringing multidisciplinary insights and comparative analyses of issues across cultures and time periods.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City