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.

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. Competitive funding packages including tuition, annual stipend, and comprehensive health insurance are available for highly qualified candidates. 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: 100 (internet-based TOEFL) or 600 (paper-based TOEFL). Scores must be submitted from a test taken in the last 18 months. Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling) a U.S. bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English. Therefore, applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL.

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

Last Updated: 12/12/14