MPA Admissions Requirements and General Information

We are still taking applications for Fall 2016!

Admission to the MPA Program is open to all individuals with a BA or a BS degree from a recognized college or university who meet the admissions requirements of Binghamton University's Graduate School.

All official Graduate School application materials are available through their website or by calling/writing the Graduate School. Contact the Graduate School via its webpage or by e-mail. The mailing address is: Graduate School, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000, (607)777-2151. Please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Transcripts
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV

Personal Statement- no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages. 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.

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.

Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public or nonprofit sector) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores; however, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

The MPA program does not require the GRE, but if they are submitted they are evaluated by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal and analytical scores.

Please review the Graduate School Checklist and follow all the instructions for applying. Forward all application materials directly to the Graduate School. Do not send any application materials to the MPA Program.

The MPA Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions based upon the cumulative record of the applicant. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to public service and the requisite skills to complete the graduate program. An applicant’s previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, personal statement, extra-curricular activities, community and/or professional service are all considered in the application review process.

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Conditional Admission

Students may be admitted conditionally if deficiencies in writing or knowledge of American government are present. Conditionally admitted students are required to successfully complete one or more of our basic skills classes before moving to regular status. Please note that basic skills courses do not count toward the MPA degree. Once any conditions of admission have been completed, the Director of Graduate Studies will inform the Graduate School, and the student’s status will be changed to regular admission.

Application Deadlines

We are still taking applications for the 2015-16 academic year!


  • Applications for the fall semester are considered on a rolling basis. We strongly recommend that prospective students wishing to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship or other departmental funding submit applications by January 15.  Students applying after that date may be eligible for an assistantship or other financial support; however, we will give preference to students who apply by January 15.  Although January 15 is the deadline for consideration for departmental funding, the MPA department will consider applications submitted at any point throughout the year. 


  • Applications for the spring semester are considered on a rolling basis. Although, October 15 is the deadline for consideration for departmental funding, the MPA department will consider applications submitted at any point throughout the year. NOTE: funding may be limited or unavailable for spring semesters

Non Matriculated Admissions

Individuals who have not been admitted to the MPA program but are interested in finding out more about the program may wish to take courses on a non-matriculated basis. All students who wish to take courses on a non-matriculated basis should apply to the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, students should complete the Non-Matriculated Admissions form and return it to the Department of Public Administration.

Last Updated: 8/5/16