Applicants for the doctoral program should have a master's degree in counseling, human development, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology, political science, student affairs, education, or another related social science discipline or profession. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for admission.


Students are admitted to the program once per year. Applications are due by January 15 for admission the following Fall. Completed applications for admission to the doctoral program must follow the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School at Binghamton University.

The evaluation of applications will be completed by the doctoral admissions and recruitment committee in the College of Community and Public Affairs. It should be noted that individuals who would like to pursue the interdisciplinary doctorate in Community and Public Affairs on a part-time basis are also encouraged to apply. A course of study and a timeline will be determined for each part time candidate through discussions with the program director initially, and subsequently reviewed, revised as needed, and confirmed by the student's doctoral committee.

Applications must include:

  • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level coursework,
  • curriculum vitae or resume,
  • well substantiated written statement of approximately 3-4 pages that describes the applicant's background, interests, and preparation in pursuing an interdisciplinary doctoral studies program, as well as career goals related to pursing a research degree,
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic background and record
  • a writing sample, and
  • TOEFL scores are required if the applicant is from a non-English speaking country — minimum: 550 PB/213 CB/80 IB TOEFL, or 6.5 on IELTS.

Selected applicants will be invited for a campus interview in early February to meet with faculty and students. Applicants are typically notified in writing of final admissions decisions in March.

Last Updated: 10/24/14