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Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Binghamton, NY


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Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University: Breadth, Depth, and Perspective

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the historic heart of Binghamton University, providing liberal arts education and the source of Binghamton's reputation as an outstanding teaching university. Having developed the first doctoral programs at the university over a half century ago, Harpur College serves as the engine for sound scholarship in traditional fields of study ranging from history and psychology to medieval studies and geography. Humanities and social science research at Binghamton have always been nationally respected, and new approaches and new areas of research in the sciences have led to cutting-edge work, for example, in biofilms and in behavioral neuroscience.

Harpur College enrolls around 1,080 graduate students, divided up among 3 divisions:

- Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, covering art history, Asian and Asian-American studies, comparative literature, English, music, philosophy, romance languages, and theatre.

- Division of Science and Mathematics, covering biological sciences, chemistry, geological sciences, materials science and engineering, mathematical sciences, physics, and psychology.

- Division of Social Sciences, covering anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology.

Competitive research and innovation

Binghamton's programs emphasize versatility and depth of understanding. Many faculty members are leaders in their disciplines, and the university is home to laboratories and academic research periodicals that break new ground in many fields. Students expecting to pursue further graduate work after Binghamton can gain the methodologies and skills needed for PhD placements. Students expecting to enter the job market can garner hands-on training needed to apply their knowledge to career opportunities.

The SUNY commitment

Binghamton University operates as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, which has often been singled out for uniting quality and affordability. President Obama visited the campus in Fall 2013 in a tour promoting schools that exemplify value and accessibility. Kiplinger's list of "Best College Values" for 2014 ranked the university fourth for out-of-state students, and 15th overall.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Music (MM)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 167
Doctoral Degrees 93
Other Advanced Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

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

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



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

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 5.49%
Black or African American 2.43%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.27%
Asian 3.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.09%
Two or more races 1.89%
Unknown 2.88%


Male (47%)
Female (52%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 448
Part-time - 0
Male (271)
Female (177)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Dr. Terrence Deak
Phone: 607-777-2145

Binghamton University, State University of New York