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Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes and relationships. The lively curriculum spans several disciplines, including geography, public administration and environmental studies. All students receive both theoretical and practical training focused on improving quality of life by integrating economic, social, and ecological issues and strategies.
- MS in Sustainable Communities
Dual Degrees Offered
- MS in Sustainable Communities (Dual Degree with MPA in Public Administration)
Internships, research opportunities and more
Binghamton University prides itself on producing research that has practical impacts on the local community. Faculty and students in this program are encouraged to work in tangent on research projects that integrate theories and methods to address real-world problems. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty across the University to support the development of interdisciplinary and methodologically rigorous research on multifaceted issues. The City of Binghamton’s location in upstate New York provides a unique research perspective for students interested in studying both urban and rural communities. Students can also take advantage of the University’s close ties with community leaders and local businesses to supplement their field studies and gain experience working with diverse groups of citizens.
After You Graduate
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, sustainability professionals may follow a variety of career paths, but they all "promote environmental protection, social responsibility and profitability.” Our first-of-its-kind Sustainable Communities program integrates the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to expand your job opportunities.
Sustainability jobs continue to grow in every market sector. Bureau Statistics indicate that the employment outlook for sustainability and environmental specialists is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. A master’s degree in Sustainable Communities will allow you to pursue a career in many existing and emerging fields, including: government sustainability, conservation organizations, green transportation, urban planning, non-profit management and many more.
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
- Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, 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 the graduate admissions committee
- Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Work experience or evidence of improvement as an undergraduate may be taken into account for students with lower undergraduate GPAs. Please contact the program director to discuss your academic record.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Professional writing sample or essay of 500-800 words on a relevant topic
- GRE scores are not required but are welcomed
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/Duolingo* scores)
- *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2022 application cycle.
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.
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