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Accelerated (Fast-Track) BA-MPA Program

The Department of Public Administration offers several accelerated-degree programs, also called fast-track programs, that are designed for exceptional Binghamton University students who want to combine a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree over five years.

The requirements for completion of the accelerated bachelor’s-master’s degree program are identical to those for completion of the two separate degrees. Because a set number of credits for coursework taken for the master’s degree (500-600 level) also count for the undergraduate degree, students are able to complete the course requirements for the bachelor’s degree in four years and the course requirements for the combined bachelor’s-master’s degree in five years. By completing the bachelor’s degree requirements during their first four years, students are assured of the bachelor’s degree if, for any reason, they do not complete the fifth year.

The MPA can be combined with the following undergraduate majors:

The accelerated-degree program is especially appropriate for students who:

The accelerated-degree program is appropriate for you if you want to:

Applying to the Accelerated Degree Program

Students should declare their interest (.pdf, 14kb) in the combined-degree program as soon as possible, e.g., freshman or sophomore year. Students apply during their junior year.

A limited number of students are accepted into the program by the end of the junior year. Admission into the program is based on academic performance, applicant’s personal essay, letters of recommendation from faculty and an interview with the MPA Director of Graduate Studies.

Applicants should have most of the undergraduate major completed, and all or almost all of their general education requirements completed. Applicants should have at least a 3.5 GPA in their undergraduate major and at least a 3.2 GPA overall. They need to provide two letters of recommendation from people who have the expertise to evaluate their potential in a graduate research program. They need to submit a statement (300-500 words) indicating their career goals and why they desire this program. Students should apply online to the Graduate School and indicate that they are applying for a combined bachelor’s-master’s degree program. All requirements of applicants by the Graduate School and department must be met.

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Last Updated: 3/6/14