Admission requirements

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Rolling Decisions!

CCPA departments review applications on a rolling basis (rather than after a set deadline), and we continue to make admissions decisions until the program is full. The earlier you submit your application, the earlier you’ll receive a decision!


To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  •  Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) academic transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University.
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career.
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester-credits or 90 quarter-credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail").
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail").
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they fulfill one of the above requirements.


To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Binghamton University Graduate School's Admission Requirements website. 

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Academic transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation. The letters should come from instructors or professors who can attest to your academic ability for graduate study. If you have been out of college for at least three years, you may submit current letters of reference from employment supervisors or others affiliated with your employment who can attest to their ability to perform successfully and professionally and to the likelihood of success in a graduate program.
  • Personal statement. The personal statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and demonstrate your knowledge and passion for the field of human rights. We are strongly interested in applicants who demonstrate the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances human rights principles and practices and can succeed in a demanding graduate program. The statement should specifically address your interest in the program, career goals, commitment to human rights principles and practices, and current skills and experiences relative to your current or intended career in human rights. The statement should be two double-spaced pages in length.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores are not required. International applicants must also submit results from either TOEFL (minimum score of 100) or IELTS (minimum score in Band Seven) unless they have received a college or university degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in a country whose official language is English.

Application timeline

We evaluate applications on a rolling basis. However, priority will be given to applicants on the following basis:

  • Priority deadline: Jan. 1
  • Funding eligibility deadline: Feb. 1

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