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Public Administration


Upcoming Information Sessions

The Department of Public Administration is pleased to host interested students and their families at informal information sessions on the following dates and times:


Feb 22 from 4:00pm-5:00pm, Harpur Edge, Library Tower (behind Jazzman's)


Feb 20 from 12:00pm-1:00pm, Vestal Campus - Student Wing 109

Mar 26 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Vestal Campus - UU-102 Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

Apr 12 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave

Apr 24 from 12:00pm-1:00pm, Vestal Campus -  Student Wing 109

May 21 from 12:00pm-1:00pm, University Downtown Center - DC-301

June 26 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, University Downtown Center - DC-301

No registration or signup is necessary. Sessions will take place at the College of Community and Public Affairs University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., Binghamton NY 13901 or on the Vestal campus 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850.

For downtown sessions, metered parking is available on Washington and Susquehanna streets, just steps away from the University Downtown Center.

In the event of inclement weather, call the department at 607-777-3719 to confirm if the session will still take place.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) 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 demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. 

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement
    • The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or 2 double-spaced pages and should answer the question,"Why do you want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. When evaluating the personal statement, the graduate admissions committee assesses commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as ability to communicate in writing.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The letters should be from individuals who know you in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where you have serviced as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the graduate admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.
  • GRE scores are not required

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International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Guaranteed Admission for Eligible SUNY Graduates:

The Department of Public Administration offers guaranteed admission for students who hold a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from seven of the most competitive SUNY schools: Binghamton University, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, and Stony Brook University. Students who wish to apply to the MPA program through the guaranteed admissions process must e-mail

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 171

International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 12%


Degree Fall Spring
Certificate in Local Government Management Rolling Rolling
Certificate in Non-Profit Administration Rolling Rolling
MPA in Public Administration Rolling (January 15 Funding) Rolling (October 15 Funding)
MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MSW) Rolling (January 15 Funding) Rolling (October 15 Funding)
MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MS in Student Affairs Administration) Rolling (January 15 Funding) Rolling (October 15 Funding)
MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MS in Nursing, Community Health) February 15 October 15

For complete program information refer to the Program Bulletin

Last Updated: 2/21/18