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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Student Affairs Administration

Binghamton, NY


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Pursue your passion for working with students by earning an MS in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University

Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), one of four university centers in the State University of New York system, is a premier research university ranked as one of the nation's top public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).

Binghamton University, located in the Southern Tier of New York State, offers a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration degree program that prepares graduates for administrative positions in higher education institutions. Housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA), the 45-credit MS in Student Affairs Administration program is designed for individuals who want to pursue specialized careers in higher education. Graduates are prepared to work in a range of settings, including academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, career development and placement, financial aid, health services, judicial affairs, leadership development, multicultural affairs, non-traditional and commuter student services, residential life, services for students with disabilities, student activities, and student development and involvement.

The curriculum was designed to meet the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards and is offered in full- and part-time formats. Full-time students may complete the coursework and qualifying examination in two years of study. Duration for part-time students varies, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. Applicants should submit transcripts, a personal statement, a resume, and letters of recommendation, but do not need to present GRE scores.

The MS in Student Affairs Administration degree may be combined with the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and completed as a dual-degree program in three years of study, without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Learning inside and outside the classroom

The MS in Student Affairs Administration curriculum includes required student affairs coursework and elective coursework, as well as a comprehensive qualifying examination and a 156-hour internship that is documented and submitted in a final report to department faculty.

The required coursework includes five student affairs administration courses -- Introduction to Student Personnel Services; College Student Development: Theory, Research, and Practice; Culture of the American College Student; Organization and Administration of Higher Education; and Law in Higher Education -- and one research methods course.

Students then choose electives aligned with their specialized academic interests, such as Counseling Methods in Student Affairs; Engaging Diversity in the University; Leadership in Higher Education; and Critical and Feminist Pedagogies in Higher Education. Students may also select from Special Topics in Higher Education courses, which have, in recent semesters, explored areas ranging from access and retention to advancement and fundraising and from student wellness to new professional development. Some students concentrate their electives in public administration courses and earn a public administration cognate.

Working alongside experienced practitioners and accomplished researchers

The faculty in the Department of Student Affairs Administration includes Dr. Sharon Holmes, whose current research focuses on college student development, women in higher education, and students of color in higher education; Dr. Mary Ann Swain, whose research interests include leadership in higher education; and Dr. Deborah Taub, whose research centers on psychosocial development, identity development, and underrepresented populations in higher education. Students also have the opportunity to learn from and intern with student affairs practitioners in a range of on-campus offices.

Financing your education

Graduate students at Binghamton University obtain financial support from a variety of sources, including loans, grants, assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, research and travel funding, federal work-study, and part-time employment. Many students in the Student Affairs Administration program pursue Division of Student Affairs graduate assistantships, which allow students to earn stipends while gaining professional experience in an on-campus office or department. Learn more on Binghamton's website (

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 16

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 Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Yes
Spring deadline November 15th November 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
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 6.25%
Black or African American 10.94%
White or Caucasian 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 7.81%
Unknown Not Reported


Male (37%)
Female (62%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 4
Part-time - 0
Male (1)
Female (3)

Location & Contact

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

Binghamton University, State University of New York