2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations, MA/Finance, MS


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Michael Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Public Administration and International Affairs * 215 Eggers Hall * 315-443-4000 * mjwill14@syr.edu

Christine Omolino, Director, Admission and Financial Aid, Public Administration and International Affairs * 215 Eggers Hall * 315-443-4000 * comolino@syr.edu

General Inquiries; paia@maxwell.syr.edu

Whitman School of Management

Tom Barkley, Professor of Practice, 334 Whitman School of Management * 315-443-8107 * tbarkley@syr.edu


See faculty listing in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Whitman School of Management.


Syracuse University’s Maxwell and Whitman Schools offer a dual-degree program combining the knowledge and abilities of the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) and the skills and knowledge of the Master of Science in Finance (MS Finance).  Over two years of study, students will complete 58 credits of coursework drawn from both schools.

The MAIR-MS Finance will prepare students for careers in global corporate finance and financial markets jobs and opportunity to capitalize on the methodological and analytical training of the Whitman School and the international affairs context and leadership development skills of the Maxwell School.

MAIR-MSF students will work closely with Syracuse University faculty on main campus and in Washington, DC, among other university campuses around the globe. This provides the opportunity to bridge theory and clinical practice, while tailoring a learning experience to the needs of a students interested in working in international corporate or public finance careers.

The joint-degree program will integrate core courses offered by both schools with a rich selection of electives and practical experiences in the form of internships.

Master of Science in Finance

Students will complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Finance, including 15 credits of core coursework and 12 credits of electives.

Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • FIN751: Corporate Financial Policy & Strategy
  • FIN756: Investment Analysis
  • FIN855: Financial Management
  • MAS766: Linear Statistical Models I: Regression Models
  • FIN670: Internship

MS Finance Electives (students choose 12 credits from among the following)

  • FIN653: New and Emerging Markets
  • FIN654: Financial Analytics
  • FIN657: International Financial Management
  • FIN660: Fixed Income Securities
  • FIN666: Value Investing
  • FIN741: Risk Management; Credit Risk
  • FIN742: Risk Management; Operational Risk
  • MAS777: Time Series Analysis

Master of Arts in International Relations

Students will complete the requirements for the Master of Arts in International Relations, including 13 credits of core requirements, a three credit signature course, 12 credits of career track coursework, and a three credit elective. Students are also required to complete an internship for credit and demonstrate proficiency in a second modern foreign language.

Core Requirements (13 credits)

  • PAI 710: International Actors & Issues
  • PAI 723: Economics for Public Decisions
  • PAI 705: Research Design for International Relations
  • PAI 762: Challenges of International Management and Leadership
  • PAI 706: IR Capstone Seminar

Signature Course (3 credits)

A selection of interdisciplinary approaches to international affairs, drawn from the Maxwell School’s graduate offerings.

International Relations Career Track (12 credits)

Four courses in one of the five career tracks offered for the international relations MA, as detailed in the course catalog entry.

International Relations Elective (3 credits)

The international relations elective can be drawn from any other graduate class within the Maxwell School.