Public Administration (MPA)

Program Overview

Are you inspired to be an action-oriented leader? A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a marketable professional degree that 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.

Graduates of Binghamton University's MPA program are equipped with practical, real-world experiences and the analytical skills needed to tackle today's toughest societal issues. 

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the program gives students the chance to get involved in community and public affairs as soon as they begin the program. The faculty serve in a range of community organizations in advisory and management roles and their connections help students develop their own individualized courses of study. 

Degrees Offered

  • MPA in Public Administration

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Students gain at least 300 hours of professional experience through internships with public or non-profit organizations in the greater Binghamton area, across the country and around the world. Many students also participate in the department’s Philanthropy Incubator, a unique program that educates students about philanthropy and community needs as well as gives them the opportunity to distribute grant money to local non-profit organizations.

These opportunities -- as well as certificates -- allow students to personalize the MPA program to fit their academic and professional interests.

After You Graduate

With their many marketable professional skills, MPA students are attractive hires in the public and nonprofit sector. Alumni have gone onto a variety of public service positions, working at the community, city, county, state and national levels. Graduates are also qualified for business and other private-sector openings that require management and financial analysis experience.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

Dual/Double Degrees

Our double/dual degrees allow students to earn two separate master's degrees at the same time in as little as 3 years!

For more information, visit the Public Administration website.