People helping people. Working together. Operating in partnership. Collaborating.

This is what's at the heart of Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

An MPA 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.

The MPA program at Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs collaborates with community-based organizations to prepare today's students to be tomorrow's leaders, innovators, and public service managers. MPA graduates are equipped with practical, real-world experiences, and the theoretical framework needed to tackle today's toughest societal issues. Our faculty, staff, graduates, students and interns make important contributions to the communities in which they live and work, and to the broader public service profession. You can, too. And it starts here at Binghamton University.

The centerpiece of our academic programs is our NASPAA-accredited MPA program. The flexibility of our MPA curriculum enables students to pursue a variety of interests and tailor their programs of study to fit their needs. Our program also provides a tremendous value for the money. Binghamton University is ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging students academically, not financially.

TopManagmentDegrees.com ranked the Binghamton University MPA #13 overall. You can learn more about the award and view the ranking in its entirety here.

Value Colleges has ranked our program at number 25 in our 2016 rankings of the Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs. Read the article here.

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Prospective Student Open House

Are you interested in applying for the MPA program? Join us for our fall open house!

When: Friday, October 14th, 2016 from 11am-2pm
Where: Binghamton University Downtown Center
What:  Info sessions, building tours, and lunch with current students, faculty, and staff!

This is a free event, but please click here to register!

Your MPA will open so many doors.

Here at Binghamton, you can combine the MPA degree with another accredited master's degree in student affairs, social work or nursing. If you are a current undergraduate student at Binghamton University, you can fast track your study by pairing an undergraduate degree in political science, theater, Asian and Asian American Studies, Spanish, French, Italian, philosophy and law, Judaic studies or environmental studies with the MPA. Not interested in the full MPA degree? Consider pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration and local government management.

Explore our website. Find out what our faculty, staff, students and alumni are doing. Consider applying today.

Learn more about Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in a video that highlights the unique features of the program, our research, and internship experiences. We will also review other opportunities within the department, including our nonprofit and local government certificate programs, dual degree programs in Social Work and Student Affairs Administration, and our newest specialization in Sustainable Communities.

Information sessions

Learn more about the MPA program at Binghamton University by attending one of our information sessions. To see the schedule, click HERE.

If you are unable to attend an information session, you can schedule a personal meeting and tour of the University Downtown Center/College of Community and Public Affairs. Email Joann Lindstrom, Director of Recruitment & Internship Placement or call her at 607-777-9178.

Our students and alumni

"The skills and experiences I gained during my time in the program are proving invaluable here at the Ohio Department of Health. Not a day goes by that I don't utilize some aspect of what I gained at BU!"

- Jeffrey Wynnyk, MPA '09

Video profile

Binghamton MPA Student: Serving Her Country and Community

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Last Updated: 9/7/16