Admission requirements

Consideration for admission into the Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration will be selective and applicants will be expected to have an academic record and informed interest in pursuing the program consistent with Binghamton University's norms for graduate study. For regular admission, a student must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Admitted students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average the first semester of enrollment and each semester thereafter to continue in the program.

Application materials required by the Graduate School include:

  • The Graduate School application
  • A personal statement as part of the Graduate School application that addresses the applicant's interest in the program, career goals, and current skills and experiences relative to their current or intended career in student affairs
  • Official academic transcripts of all prior college and university study
  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors or professors who can attest to the applicant's academic ability for graduate study. Applicants who have been out of college for at least three years may submit current letters of reference from employment supervisors or others affiliated with their employment who can attest to their ability to perform successfully and professionally and to the likelihood of success in a graduate program
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required and must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School.   Our code is 2535.
  • Current resume
  • A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Contract
    • By signing this document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of student affairs administration as set forth by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards that govern our profession. This form is incorporated in the Graduate School application as of fall 2015.
    • Review the Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards before signing the contract. 
  • A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Certification of Information.     This form is now incorporated in the Graduate School application as of fall 2015. 
  • The application payment form with appropriate payment
  • Submit these materials via instructions on the Graduate School website.  

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Binghamton University uses stanardized test scores as an aid in evaluation of credentials because grade caculations and grading systems vary so much from one institution to another. Your grade point average (GPA) might be lower than that of someone from another institution, yet your GRE scores might indicate that you have as good preparation or even better than someone else. The SAA program does not have requirement minimums. The SAA will accept GMAT scores in lieu of GREs.

GRE (or GMAT) score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School. Test scores must have been within the last 5 years. The GRE/GMAT school code for Binghamton is: R2535.

If you obtained your bachelor's degree two or more years ago and have been working full-time for two or more years in the student affairs administration sector in the US:

  • and you have already taken the GRE/GMAT test, then submit those scores.
  • or you have never taken the GRE/GMAT test, then contact the Chair or Graduate Director in the Department of Student Affairs Administration.

International applicants

Applicants for whom English is a second language should also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFEL) scores as part of their admissions application. The use of English, both in terms of understanding spoken and written language in terms of communicating that understanding is a necessary prerequisite for graduate work in the Department of Student Affairs Administration because communication is integral to the profession.

Records of international applicants require special evaluation and, therefore, should be submitted as early as possible. See the Graduate School Application for International Students. International students must also follow all of the above requirements.

Following the submission of admission applications, three SAA faculty members will begin reviewing application materials to determine the applicant's potential for academic success. After reviewing application materials, faculty recommendations are then made and sent to the Graduate School. The ultimate decision to offer admission into the SAA program rests with the Graduate School at Binghamton University.

Note regarding employment

Applicants should be aware that some states and institutions require background checks before employment. For positions that require professional licensure, states may restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or actions taken against them by a professional organization. In addition, students admitted to the program are required to satisfactorily complete an internship. For placement into an internship, offices and agencies may require personal information and conduct background checks. Offices and agencies have the right to refuse placements. Students may be required to and so then must obtain malpractice insurance before they are placed in internships with these requirements. The insurance agency requires disclosure of personal information including convictions and may or may not issue insurance coverage. Therefore, while the Department of Student Affairs Administration will work diligently to place students in internships, students admitted into the program are not guaranteed internship placement in an office or agency which is a requirement for graduation.

Transfer credits

Students may be permitted to transfer up to six credit hours of prior graduate-level student affairs-related coursework into the proposed program, but only at the discretion of and with approval by the chair of the program. Consideration will be given for courses taken within the last five years in which a B or higher was earned. Academic credit is not given for life experience or previous work experience.

Last Updated: 11/25/15