MPA -- Master of Public Administration
(Dual Degree Options)
At Binghamton University we help students help others through the Master of Public Administration program. Learn to become leaders in public service, and to think critically, creatively, and ethically. The department promotes analytical and technical expertise to help students become problem-solvers who can adapt to changing political and social environments. We also encourage you to actively participate in professional and community service to make connections along the way.
The M.P.A. program is located in the heart of downtown Binghamton, within walking distance of several non-profit offices, as well as city, county and state office buildings. Our dedication to community collaboration and student involvement through hands-on, real-life service and learning experiences begins with your first class and continues through your capstone project.
As a student at Binghamton you can impact and improve local neighborhoods through participation in the Philanthropy Incubator. This program was established by Binghamton Associate Professor David Campbell, and it provides students opportunities to distribute grant money to local nonprofit organizations as a part of coursework.
You can also explore our global village both inside and outside the classroom through a study abroad program. That’s right—study abroad for graduate students! Binghamton’s M.P.A. program offers international opportunities ranging from 3 weeks in Shenzhen, China (typically hosted over winter break) to a full semester-long study in Budapest, Hungary. And extend your stay with an internship (Budapest) which can count towards (or as) your capstone project!
We also help you to boost the power of your résumé with one of our additional “stand-alone” graduate certificates. M.P.A. students can pursue a Nonprofit Management & Leadership Certificate or a Local Government Management Certificate. Both programs provide additional training in specific areas of focus, and the certification can provide you with an advantage in the hiring process.
Binghamton also offers two Dual Degree program. If you are interested in social work or in administration within academic institutions, you can combine your M.P.A. degree with the M.S.W. (Master of Social Work) or the M.S.A.A. (Master of Student Affairs Administration). We encourage you to explore the Binghamton Graduate School website for the Department of Public Administration, and learn more about the opportunities we provide.
Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)