Binghamton University Programs Stand Out in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Posted by Julianna Klein on March 23, 2018

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate programs across the country. Although this isn’t the first time that several of Binghamton’s programs have made it onto the list, many programs have moved up. U.S. News takes into account peer assessment scores, recruiter assessment scores, full-time average undergraduate GPA, full-time acceptance rate, average starting salary and several other factors when making their decision. Thinking about grad school? Let’s explore more about what makes these programs stand out!

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Public Affairs

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The Public Administration Program offers a Master of Public Administration degree as well as certifications and dual-degree programs. Students work with community-based programs to prepare them for careers as leaders, innovators, and public and nonprofit service managers. Alumni have gone on to work in government, non-profit sectors and private sectors.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Public Affairs was ranked #59.

Social Work

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The Department of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, which students can choose to complete part-time or full-time. The program helps students acquire knowledge and skills to help families, groups, individuals, organizations and communities. It prepares students for a variety of jobs in the public, private and non-profit spheres.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Social Work was ranked #68.


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The School of Management offers a wide variety of programs, from an MS in Accounting to a PhD in Management. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered with concentrations in accounting, finance, leadership studies, supply chain management, management information systems and marketing. Students can also participate in a variety of fast-track programs for their MBA. SOM is the leading source of new hires for many corporate firms, including EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and KPMG. Almost 90 percent of the class of 2013 received full-time job offers within 90 days of graduation.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Business was ranked #76.


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The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers master’s and PhD programs. The department also offers an interdisciplinary tract where students can get their master’s in teaching and math simultaneously. Many graduates of the program work in higher education, as statisticians, data analysts, consultants, researchers and programmers. Alumni have gone on to work at JP Morgan Chase, Corning Incorporated, and Janssen Research and Development.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Math was ranked #86.


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The Decker School of Nursing offers a wide range of graduate programs, including a PhD in nursing, a DNP (Doctorate in Nursing Practice) and several other certifications. Majors include adult-gerontological health, community health, family health and psychiatric mental health. Decker graduates have high employment rates, receiving jobs at places such as Albany Medical Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, United Health Services and Rochester Medical Center.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Nursing was ranked #105.


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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science offers master’s degrees in computer science, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, health systems and systems science engineering. Alumni have gone on to work at places such as the Food and Drug Administration, Global Foundries, Toshiba and Facebook.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Engineering was ranked #127.


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The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as many advanced certification programs. Students can also choose to do an accelerated degree program in which they complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in five years. 

Rank: The Graduate Program in Education was ranked #158.

Biological Sciences

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The graduate program in biology offers a master’s and a PhD in biological sciences. Students can choose one of two paths: biochemical, cell and molecular biology or ecology, evolution and behavior. Recent graduates have gone on to work at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kinsey Institute.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Biology was ranked #175.

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Political Science:

The Department of Political Science has both master’s and PhD programs, providing graduates with advanced training for policy analysis, journalism and many other careers. Graduates have gone on to work in government, private industry, research and academia.

The Graduate Program in Political Science is ranked #51.



The History Department offers a master's and a PhD in history, including several major fields of study that center on the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Ottoman Empire. Students are encouraged to develop a global perspective, and the program works with several other departments to take an interdisciplinary approach. Recent alumni work as instructors across the country and internationally, as well as working for the National Park Service and on political campaigns.  

The Graduate Program in History was ranked #69.



The Psychology Department offers several PhD programs in the areas of clinical science, behavioral neuroscience, and cognitive and brain sciences. Alumni have gone on to work for Lockheed Martin, IBM and Dell Computer.

Rank: The Graduate Program in Psychology was ranked #81.



The English Department offers a master’s and a PhD in English. The program offers many areas for study, including American studies, British modernities, critical theory, gender and sexuality, medieval studies and rhetorical discourse. Graduates are employed in a variety of industries, including publishing and journalism.

Rank: The Graduate Program in English was ranked #91.


The Department of Sociology offers a master's and a PhD in sociology. Students are able to pursue studies in political economy, culture and hierarchies of class, race and gender. Graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Syracuse University and the University of California-Berkeley. 

Rank: The Graduate Program in Sociology was ranked #87. 

Check out more rankings on U.S. News & World Report, and read more about our graduate programs.

Julianna Klein is a senior English major who hopes to pursue a career as a writer. She spends her free time sprinting as a member of the women’s track and field team. 

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