Dual Degree Programs

Drawing on resources from across Binghamton University, we offer several dual degree programs that allow students to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and another master’s degree from Binghamton in just three years. Explore our dual degree programs with other University graduate programs, including nursing, social work and student affairs administration. 

Students in these programs gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives in fields other than public administration. Each dual degree program leads to the award of two professional degrees in significantly less time (and tuition costs) than if the two degrees were pursued separately.

Dual Degree Programs

Dual MPA-Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs both are housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs and are considered professional terminal degrees. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MSW dual degree program will allow students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 64-credit hour MSW program can be completed as part of a 91 credit dual degree program (rather than 106 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure). Please click here to view the course sequencing template.

The dual MPA-MSW will prepare 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.

Admissions

Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MSW program. 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.

Dual MPA-MS Nursing

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) housed in the College of Community and Public Affairs and Master of Science in Nursing (MS Nursing) housed in the Decker School of Nursing offer a dual MPA-MS Nursing degree program to provide students at Binghamton University with a unique opportunity. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MS Nursing dual degree allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 48-credit hour MS Nursing program can be completed as part of a 67-credit hour program (rather than 90 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure). Please click here to view the course sequencing template.

The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions need skills related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. Both programs are committed to preparing students to help their communities through advanced professional knowledge and skills. Accordingly, the dual degree emphasizes community health and professional management to prepare nurses to be effective administrators. The dual degree is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the nurse administrator role. 

Admissions

Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MS Nursing program. 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.

Dual MPA-MS Student Affairs Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MS SAA) programs both are housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs and are considered professional terminal degrees. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MS SAA dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 45-credit hour MS in Student Affairs Administration program can be completed as part of a 64-credit hour program (rather than 87 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure). Please click here to view the course sequencing template. 

The MPA-MS dual degree will prepare 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.

Admissions

Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MS program. 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.

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