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MPA + MS: Public Administration and Student Affairs Administration Dual-Degree


Course Description

The MPA + MS Student Affairs Administration Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in college and university settings.

To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. Leaders in higher education need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.

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 in Student Affairs Administration.

The MPA-MSAA Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) programs both are housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs and are considered professional terminal degrees. 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-MSAA 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 45-credit hour MS in Student Affairs Administration program can be completed as part of a 66-credit hour program (rather than 87 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure).
The MPA-MSAA dual degree will prepare students for administrative positions in college and university settings. The MSAA program provides specialized training for students desiring to work in student affairs offices, while the MPA provides the knowledge and skills necessary for management. To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. This requires the study of organizational and student development theory as well as gaining hands-on experience in at least one student services office. Leaders in higher education also need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Letters of recommendation (see details below)
- 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 can 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

You must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
MPA:
- Two 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:
- Personal statements should specifically address the applicant's interest in the program, career goals, and current skills and experiences relative to their current or intended career in student affairs

- Three letters of recommendation, which should come from instructors or professors who can attest to the applicant's academic ability for graduate study
Applicants who have been out of college for at least three (3) years may submit current letters of reference from employment supervisors or others affiliated with their employment who can attest to their ability to perform successfully and professionally and to the likelihood of success in a graduate program

- A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Contract
*By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of student affairs administration as set forth by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards that govern our profession.
*Review the Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Certification of Information

Visit the MPA + MS: Public Administration and Student Affairs Administration 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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