4+1 Degree Program

LACAS 4+1 Degree Program

  • Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies, BA + Master of Public Administration, MPA

The LACAS major offers students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor of arts (BA) and a master of public administration (MPA) in five (5) years. Normally, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA in their LACAS courses and at least a 3.2 GPA overall, or a 3.5 GPA overall. In addition:

  • Students should meet with the Coordinator of Student Services in the Department of Public Administration as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of their senior year. Application and admissions are through the Department of Public Administration and the Graduate School. Upon acceptance to the program, students will need to successfully complete the B.A. in year four (including all General Education and major requirements).
  • Once admitted, the student can take 18-24 credits as an undergraduate, but must take at least 18 credits as a graduate student.  All requirements of the master's program must be met, including maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for graduate work.
  • For the requirements for the MPA, see Public Administration (MPA) in the University Bulletin under Graduate Fields of Study by Department.

Save Time & Money

Typically, earning a master's degree takes two years. But with Binghamton University's 4+1 degree programs, you can earn your master's degree with just one extra year of classes. You'll finish both your bachelor's degree and your master's degree in a total of five years.

By choosing a 4+1 degree program, you'll save a full year of tuition dollars. Plus, you'll pay undergraduate tuition rates for your graduate classes during your fourth (senior) year.

How Does it Work?

You complete most of the coursework for your bachelor's degree in your first three years. In your fourth year, you take both bachelor's- and master's-level courses, graduate with your bachelor's degree and formally apply to the Graduate School. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on graduate coursework.

Take the Binghamton experience to the next level. Plan your coursework early and apply for 4+1 degree program.

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