Binghamton University Rises in U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

Posted by Cali Scahill on April 22, 2019

Every year, U.S. News and World Report ranks graduate programs throughout the country, and Binghamton University is no stranger to this list. Many of our graduate programs were in the top 100 of their disciplines, and some even improved in this year’s rankings. U.S. News considers statistical and reputation surveys, expert opinions and other factors when creating their rankings. What makes our programs stand out? Take a look and see.

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Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology program offers a PhD that aims to create sensitive and caring psychologists who are prepared to provide new knowledge and insight to the complex questions about the assessment and treatment of mental-health needs. Students from the program have gone on to complete residencies, internships and dissertation research.

The clinical psychology program is ranked #50.

Political Science

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The Department of Political Science offers master’s and PhD programs that provide graduates with advanced training suitable for policy analysis, journalism or other professional careers. Students can specialize in international relations and foreign policy, human rights, political parties, campaigns and campaign finance, and religion and politics. Graduates have gone on to work in tax policy analysis, human rights research, journalism and more.

The political science program is ranked #51.

Public Affairs

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The Public Administration program offers a master's degree in public administration, dual degrees and advanced certificate programs. The program collaborates with community-based organizations to provide graduates with practical, real-world experiences. It allows students to get involved in the community through internships with public or non-profit organizations in the greater Binghamton area, across the country and around the world.

The public affairs program is ranked #68.


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The Department of History offers master’s and PhD programs in fields such as American, European, East Asian, Latin American and Ottoman history. The department collaborates with other interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives. It also hosts and produces various journals that students contribute to. Students also have the opportunity to produce original research, write a dissertation and participate in specialized training.

The history program is ranked #69.

Social Work

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The Department of Social Work prepares social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice, offering a master’s in social work, dual degrees, and several internship and research opportunities. It ranked second out of 21 social work programs in New York state for first-time pass rates on the American Association Social Work Board (ASWB) exam at the Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) level.

The social work program is ranked #70.


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The Department of Economics offers master’s and PhD programs. Students can pursue dissertations in econometrics, macroeconomics, labor economics, development economics and environment economics. The program strongly emphasizes quantitative training, and many of the PhD students qualify for funding in graduate and research assistantships. Graduates have gone on to work at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

The economics program is ranked #72.


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The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers master’s and PhD programs. It also collaborates with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership to offer the MAT (master of arts in teaching) degree in mathematics adolescence education, the MSEd (master of science in education) degree in adolescence education in mathematics, and an accelerated BA + MAT degree. Graduates have gone on to work at Amazon, Corning Incorporated, JP Morgan Chase, Janssen Research and Development, and more.

The mathematics program is ranked #86.


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The sociology department offers master’s and PhD programs where students can pursue critical studies of labor, migration and capitalism, carceral and surveillance, and power and the politics of resistance. It also offers a fast-track BA + MA program for undergraduates who want to pursue a master’s degree in 5 years. The program encourages students to contemplate transnational and world-historical processes where many local and national problems arise.

The sociology program is ranked #87.


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The School of Management offers a master’s in business administration, accounting, and a PhD in management. SOM is the number-one provider of new recruits for Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, and its graduates go on to work at major companies such as Goldman Sachs, Mazda Motors, Morgan Stanley and more. 

The business program is ranked #89.


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The English program offers master’s and PhD programs in a wide range of subjects including British and American literatures, critical theory, medieval studies, ethnic studies, creative writing and more. Through thesis and dissertation projects, students become well-versed in theoretical approaches, research and bibliography. Graduates have explored careers in journalism, publishing and more.

The English program is ranked #91.


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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science offers master’s and PhD programs in a variety of fields such as biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical computer engineering, systems science and industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers a 4 + 1 accelerated program and a 3 + 2 international partnership program for those who want to advance their education. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at Amazon, Ford, Google, IBM and more.

The engineering program rose from #127 to #95.


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The Decker School of Nursing offers master’s, PhD, certificate and doctor of nursing programs. Decker has been ranked #33 out of 500 schools nationwide in a recent College Factual ranking, “Best for the Money.” This puts Decker’s degree programs in the top 10 percent of all nursing programs in the United States based on value; in addition, the school ranked #3 in New York state out of 33 schools. Decker is recognized for its commitment to educational excellence, its focus on caring for rural and vulnerable populations, and its role as a growing leader in nursing research. Program graduates have gone on to work at Mount Sinai Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Albany Medical Center and more.

The nursing program rose from #105 to #103.


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The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership offers master’s programs in different areas of education, along with many advanced certificate programs. Graduates from this program have been employed in public and private schools, higher education, local, state and federal government, and more.

The education program rose from #158 to #127.

Biological Sciences

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The Biological Sciences program offers master’s and PhD programs in biochemical, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) or ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB), along with certificate programs and an accelerated BA + MS degree. Graduates are employed at relevant life-science businesses and organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kinsey Institute.

The biological sciences program is ranked #175.

Cali Scahill is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations and an undergraduate student in the BA English Literature and Rhetoric Program. She loves reading, writing and watching movies. 

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