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Community and Public Affairs (PhD)

The College of Community and Public Affairs is pleased to offer its new, interdisciplinary doctoral program; its aim is to prepare students to advance knowledge about the complex community structures and interrelationships that underlie any public or not-for-profit human enterprise – whether that be governmental, health, educational or welfare. Indeed, Community and Public Affairs often overlaps with other disciplines, offering its students a multi-faceted viewpoint. Teachers and students of public affairs and public service confront societies' most complex problems – the kind that demand analysis and potential solutions from multiple perspectives. The doctoral program in Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University seeks to provide its students those multiple perspectives, and aims to equip its graduates with both the real-world knowledge and scholarly aptitude necessary to be successful in their careers.

The doctoral program in Community and Public Affairs will have three (3) core learning areas:

(1) Community Based Research,

(2) Community Systems and Cultural Competence, and

(3) Organizational Context and Leadership.

This program is designed to be both theoretical and applied. It incorporates theories and methods from disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and also focuses on published work that informs intervention strategies. Students learn how to conduct rigorous interdisciplinary research on complex, complicated problems and also how to address leadership challenges in public and nonprofit organizations, including higher education, that serve diverse populations in a democratic society.   The program requires a total of 40 post-master's credits.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD - Community and Public Affairs

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD January 15 October 15

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University- are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A master's degree in human development, social work, public administration, psychology, sociology, political science, student affairs, education or another related social science or discipline or profession. 
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is requiredSee details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic background and record.
  • 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.
  • Academic Paper Writing Sample
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL scores must be submitted if the applicant is from a non-English speaking country. Minimum: 550 PB/213 CB/80 IB TOEFL, or 6.5 on IELTS.

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Elizabeth A. Mellin, PhD, LPC
PhD Program Director and Associate Professor
College of Community and Public Affairs
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

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Last Updated: 9/2/14