Drawing on resources from across Binghamton University, we offer several dual and double degree programs that allow students to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and another master’s degree from Binghamton in three years or less.
In addition to gaining expertise in public administration, students in these programs gain knowledge and skills in other fields too, increasing their marketability. They also receive two professional degrees in significantly less time and for significantly less money than they would be able to if they pursued the two degrees separately.
Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the program for the other degree. These are separate applications, and each requires an application fee to the Graduate School. Students who begin one program and then apply to the other program later will need to meet with the appropriate advisors for both programs to develop a customized program of study; completion within three years may not be possible for students who do not begin the programs in the same semester.
Double Degree Programs
- Double Degree in Public Administration and Sustainable Communities
- Double Degree in Public Administration and Systems Science
- Double Degree in Public Administration and Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Double Degree in Public Administration and Sustainable Communities
Sustainability is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation… and this double degree gives you the knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in this area. Graduates of the program include Sustainability Coordinators, County Planners, Disaster Program Specialists and Natural Resource Specialists. They’ve been employed in organizations like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The American Red Cross, sustainability non-profits, county planning departments, school districts and more!
The master's degree in Sustainable Communities pushes you to understand the environmental, social, and economic systems that shape the way we live. The master's degree in Public Administration gives you the organizational, budgeting and human resource abilities to create clean, equitable and economically vital places in the world. View the course sequencing template.
Double Degree in Public Administration and Systems Science
This double degree program prepares students for administrative positions that focus on understanding, modeling, analyzing, optimizing and improving various forms of complex systems. Topics students learn about in the MS in Systems Science program include systems thinking and problem solving methodologies, while the Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for management. View the course sequencing template.
If you are interested in learning more about our MPA/Systems Science double degree, explore the 30-minute webinar.
Double Degree in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and Public Administration
The double degree program prepares students for administrative positions that focus on atrocity prevention. Topics students learn about in the MS in GMAP program include analyzing risk factors, formulating strategies, and implementing policies and practices to reduce the occurrence, severity, and potential for recurrence of genocides and other mass atrocities around the world, while the MPA provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for management in the public and nonprofit sectors. View the course sequencing template.
Dual Degree Programs
- Dual MPA-MSW Master of Social Work
- Dual MPA-MS Student Affairs Administration
Dual MPA-Master of Social Work (MSW)
The dual MPA-MSW prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. Increasingly, social workers must possess management and administrative skills to be competent in addressing the challenges of their positions as supervisors, administrators, and agency heads. Similarly, public administration practitioners recognize the need for specialized knowledge and skills to respond to an environment of increasing policy and organizational complexity within social welfare agencies. The program is designed to ensure that students acquire both management and social work skills necessary to excel in this environment. View the course sequencing template.
Dual MPA-MS Student Affairs Administration
The MPA-MS dual degree prepares students for administrative positions in college and university settings. The MS SAA program provides specialized training for students desiring to work in student affairs offices, while the MPA provides the knowledge and skills necessary for management. To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. This requires the study of organizational and student development theory as well as gaining hands-on experience in at least one student services office. Leaders in higher education also need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory. Our dual degree program allows students to develop this unique skill set. View the course sequencing template.