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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Public Administration

Binghamton, NY


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MPA degree program focuses on helping people and working together

Though collaboration with community-based organizations, Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration degree program prepares students to be leaders and innovators in public service, government, and nonprofit agencies. Graduates engage in professional and community service, gaining practical, real-world experience and the theoretical framework needed to tackle societal issues. They make important contributions to communities and to the public-service profession.

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, Binghamton's 42-credit-hour MPA degree program is flexible, enabling students to focus on their areas of interest. Students may pursue a graduate certificate in nonprofit management or a graduate certificate in local government management. Each requires an additional 15 credits. In addition, a specialization in sustainable communities is available for students wishing to shape their public administration career around the concept of sustainability.

Students also have the option of pursuing the MPA degree program as part of a dual-degree program, combining the Master of Public Administration degree program with a Master of Social Work degree, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, or a Master of Student Affairs Administration degree. Information about the dual-degree programs is available at

With approximately 80 students and 11 faculty members, students in Binghamton's MPA degree program work closely with faculty members in the classroom and the community.

All MPA degree program students complete an internship and capstone course. Student interns apply lessons learned in the classroom in a real world setting, engaging in professional tasks and projects in areas such as policy, finance, management, strategy, programming, and administration. In the capstone course, students build on their internship experience by conducting research and producing a professional-quality analytical paper that addresses a demonstrated managerial or policy issue confronting the public or not-for-profit organization at the internship site (or at the student's place of employment if applicable). Final papers are presented to an audience and must be accepted by a faculty-agency committee.

Students connect during internships and unique international opportunities

Through internships, field placements, and research, Binghamton's Department of Public Administration helps meet the needs of populations in Binghamton, the surrounding area, and around the globe.

Binghamton students practice and promote giving through participation in the university's Philanthropy Incubator, established by David Campbell, MPA chair and associate professor. Students taking Campbell's philanthropy course receive funding to distribute to local nonprofit organizations as part of their coursework. Since the program began 5 years ago, students have distributed approximately $100,000 to Binghamton-area nonprofit organizations.

The program offers students a range of international study opportunities that are unusual to find in a MPA degree program. Binghamton students learn about problem solving around the world through collaborations with universities and projects in places such as China, Colombia, Peru, Turkey, and Hungary.

A program for students who want to make a positive change in the world

An MPA degree is a marketable professional degree that prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations. It is ideal for students who are committed to public service, would like to be leaders in public and nonprofit organizations, and want to make a positive difference in the world.

Work with professors who are leaders in the field

The Department of Public Administration brings together the energy and expertise of 11 faculty members who have active research agendas, strong records of community service, and growing national and international reputations. Among them are George Homsy, Nadia Rubaii, Susan Appe, and Pamela Mischen.

Assistant professor George Homsy is the recipient of a major research grant from the US Department of Agriculture to study rural sustainability. His project is examining how rural municipalities balance economic development and environmental protection, how local economic development policy has shifted since the recession, and rural communities' response to climate change and other environmental stresses.

Associate professor Nadia Rubaii recently completed a sabbatical as a Fulbright scholar in Colombia, studying the development of public administration education in South America. She is a prominent leader and former president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

Public administration assistant professor Susan Appe focuses her research on government-nonprofit relations and the evolution of the nonprofit sector in developed and developing countries. Among her current projects are an examination of how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations; how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications; and the challenges in nonprofit management education, particularly in Latin America.

Associate professor Pamela Mischen manages the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which works with regional community-based organizations on several types of projects. These include a $300,000 grant to examine childhood obesity prevention strategies at a neighborhood level.

Students find success following graduation

In fulfilling the requirements of Binghamton's MPA degree program, students complete internship and capstone experiences that help them make important career choices and are excellent networking opportunities.Graduates of the MPA degree program at Binghamton work in prestigious organizations including the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Office of Labor Relations for the City of New York; New York City Economic Development Corporation; City of Elmira Urban Renewal Agency; Empire State Development Corporation; office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; office of New York Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo; U.S. Department of Justice; Goodwill Industries; and the American Heart Association.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 55
Other Advanced Degrees 9

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Requirements Writing sample

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 8.26%
Black or African American 9.09%
White or Caucasian 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4.96%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 1.65%
Unknown 0.83%


Male (39%)
Female (60%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 8
Part-time - 0
Male (4)
Female (4)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Brianna King
Director of Admissions and Student Services
Phone: 607-777-2719

Binghamton University, State University of New York