Applicants for the doctoral program should have a master's degree in human development, social work, public administration, psychology, 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.

Applications should be submitted by January 15 in order to receive equal consideration for funding.

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 program faculty 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,
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic background and record
  • an academic paper 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 may be invited for an interview by doctoral program faculty.

Additional information and instructions on how to apply are listed on the program's website.

Transfer Credit

Normally, no doctoral courses completed in another program or at another institution will be accepted. Each student must submit an official "Application for Transfer Credit" request through their faculty adviser to the director of the doctoral program for approval. If approved, then the director will forward the application as a request for the Graduate School's approval.

Last Updated: 9/3/14