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Public Administration

The Public Administration program works in collaboration with community-based organizations to prepare students to be tomorrow's leaders, innovators, and public service managers. MPA graduates are equipped with practical, real-world experiences and the theoretical framework needed to tackle today's toughest societal issues.

An MPA is a marketable professional degree that prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations. It is ideal for students who are committed to public service, would like to be leaders in public and nonprofit organizations, and want to make a positive difference in the world. The faculty, staff, graduates, students and interns in the public administration program make important contributions to the communities in which they live and work, and to the broader public service profession.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Change Maker Scholarship is an annual merit-based award for beginning, full-time students with outstanding leadership abilities who aspire to create positive change through a management career in the public or nonprofit sector. Depending upon applicant qualifications, students may receive up to a full tuition scholarship and stipend.  Learn More >>

Guaranteed Admission for SUNY Graduates 

The Department of Public Administration offers guaranteed admission for some SUNY graduates. The program is open to students who hold a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from six of the most competitive SUNY schools: Binghamton University, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Geneseo, and Stony Brook University. Individuals who wish to apply to the MPA program through the Guaranteed Admissions process must e-mail dpa@binghamton.eduLearn More >>

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MPA - Master's in Public Administration

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MPA Rolling admission, with January 15 deadline for funding consideration

Rolling admission, with October 15 deadline for funding consideration

*Funding may be limited or unavailable for spring semesters

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 bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.
  • Personal statement
    • The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
    • Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.
  • The GRE is not required.
    • If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*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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Brianna King, Coordinator of Student Services

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Last Updated: 1/19/15