Admissions Requirements

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. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • 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 should be 2 to 3 pages and should specifically address the your interest in the program, career goals, and current skills and experiences relative to your current or intended career in student affairs.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A completed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Contract (available in the online application)
  • 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.)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores

Fast-Track Application for Eligible Students:

The Department of Student Affairs Administration offers a fast-track application process open to students who hold a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 of higher. Prospective students who meet the requirement should apply to the Student Affairs Administration program by submitting the online application, appropriate transcripts, a personal statement and résumé. No letters of recommendation are required. Interested students must e-mail Brianna King, director of admissions and student services, at

Felony Statement

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Department Chair of their intended academic program.

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