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Pre Public Administration

A Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a professional degree for those interested in public service careers. It is ideal for individuals who want to work in federal, state, or local government or with nonprofit organizations.

Students who combine an ESF degree with the management skills provided by an MPA degree are uniquely qualified to be environmental leaders.

Students considering graduate studies in public administration are encouraged to meet with ESF’s pre-PA advisor as early in their academic careers as possible to discuss how a MPA program may help them achieve their educational goals and to take advantage of services, such as ESF’s M.P.A. articulation agreement with Binghamton University and ESF’s joint degree program with Syracuse University’s top-rated Maxwell School M.P.A. program.

Binghamton University M.P.A.

Binghamton University's M.P.A. program specializes in preparing students to work in local government or the nonprofit sector. The program offers students the option of starting in either the fall or spring and has both full and part-time students.

In this program, students learn the skills needed to develop, implement and evaluate policies and to manage people, budgets and projects. When combined with their expertise gained from SUNY ESF, students will be able to use this skill set to effectively address environmental challenges and promote environmental sustainability at the community level. For example, a recent graduate of Binghamton University's MPA program has focused on land use planning and water resource issues while working as a planner for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board.

The program is well suited for students in environmental studies, natural resources management, environmental science, conservation biology, and wildlife science. For more information about Binghamton University's MPA program, please visit their website.

ESF undergraduate students earning a 3.300  GPA and completing one course each from the following table of core competency areas are assured entry into Binghamton’s Master of Public Administration program. 

MPA Competency ESF Course(s) Providing Foundation in Competency
Management and Administration FOR 360: Principles of Management
Statistics APM 391: Intro. to Probability and Statistics
Economics FOR 333: Managerial Economics for Env. Professionals
Government Policy FOR 465: Natural Resources Policy or
EST 321: Government and the Environment
Accounting, Budgeting, and/or Finance FOR 205: Principles of Accounting

Please meet with the pre-PA advisor Dr. Robert Malmsheimer ( or the dean of Instruction & Graduate Studies for additional information regarding BU’s ESF-MPA articulation agreement.