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MPA + MS: Public Administration and Nursing Dual-Degree


Course Description

The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing.

The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) housed in the College of Community and Public Affairs and Master of Science in Nursing (MS Nursing) housed in the Decker School of Nursing offer a dual MPA-MS Nursing degree program to provide students at Binghamton University with a unique opportunity. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MS Nursing dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 48-credit hour MS Nursing program can be completed as part of a 68-credit hour program (rather than 90 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure).
The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program takes advantage of the complementary foci of the two degree programs. Both programs have a clear commitment to preparing students to help their communities through advanced professional knowledge and skills. Accordingly, the dual degree emphasizes community health and professional management to prepare nurses to be effective administrators. The dual degree is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.
Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MS Nursing program. These are separate applications and each requires an application fee to the Graduate School. Students who begin one program and then apply to the other program later will need to meet with the appropriate advisors for both programs to develop a customized program of study; completion within three years may not be possible for students who do not begin the programs in the same semester.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores. GMAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:

MPA:
- Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

MS Nursing:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from a program which is accredited by a nursing accreditation organization
- Previous (successful completion of a) course in descriptive statistics
- A license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- Passing completion of the NCLEX examination (must be completed prior to the start of clinical courses)
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)

Visit the MPA + MS: Public Administration and Nursing Dual-Degree page on the Binghamton University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Axtell Promise Award - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to matriculated graduate students with a demonstrated record of academic excellence and a commitment to public service. Selected by the Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs.

Application Procedure

Letter of interest submitted to department chair

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

Barnes and Noble Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Scholarships are available to graduate students matriculated in or admitted to the College of Community and Public Affairs. Selected by faculty committee.

Application Procedure

All interested candidates should complete the application form, which is available on the CCPA website.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

Helen Hudda Gow Graduate Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to a graduate student with demonstrated financial need maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Selected by the Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs.

Application Procedure

All interested students should complete the application form, which is available on the CCPA website.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

College of Community and Public Affairs Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to matriculated students with demonstrated financial need. Selected by CCPA Scholarship Committee.

Application Procedure

Requirements:
-Complete the Application Form (available on the CCPA website)
-Demonstrated financial need
-Good academic standing
-Matriculated as a graduate student in CCPA

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

Latin American Partnership Fund - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to matriculated students, faculty and staff with interests in South America. Can support study abroad, research or other activities.

Application Procedure

Requirements
-Complete the Application Form (available on CCPA website)
-Demonstrated financial need
-Evidence of the application for or availability of other funds, and additional evidence of applicant's interests in Latin America, which should be outlined in detail in the application

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

The Maureen C. White Adult Learner Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to matriculated students age 25 years or older with demonstrated financial need. Selected by CCPA Scholarship Committee.

Application Procedure

Requirements:
- Complete the Application Form (available on the CCPA website)
-Demonstrated financial need
-Good financial standing
-Matriculated
-25 years of age or older

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

The Reeves-Ellington Study Abroad Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in the community and public affairs, public administration, social work and student affairs administration programs. To view the full listing of CCPA funding opportunities and other specific details, please visit the CCPA website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Awarded to matriculated graduate or undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in international study or languages. Selected by CCPA Scholarship Committee.

Application Procedure

Requirements
-Complete the Application Form (available on the CCPA website)
-Good financial standing
-Matriculated graduate student
-Interest in international study or languages

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/ccpa/services/scholarships.html


(Scholarship)

Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students - No. of awards TBC

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Candidates must:
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/clifford-clark-fellowship.html


(Scholarship)

Change Maker Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

N/A

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

The Change Maker Scholarship is an annual merit-based award for beginning, full-time students with outstanding leadership abilities who aspire to create positive change through a management career in the public or nonprofit sector. Depending upon applicant qualifications, students may receive up to a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.

Application Procedure

Application required. See the Department of Public Administration for details.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#mpa-changemaker


(Scholarship)

Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/financial-aid/scholarship_pages/elizabeth_knapp_scholarship.html


(Scholarship)

University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#university-women



Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.

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