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SUNY Binghamton Master's Degree Programs

by Kevin Wandrei

The State University of New York at Binghamton is a large public university in central New York state. The university offers a series of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a variety of master's degrees. Dozens of options are available in Binghamton's six colleges and schools, which include the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the Decker School of Nursing, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Management, and the Graduate School of Education.

Arts and Sciences

The Harpur College of Arts and Sciences offers the widest variety of master's degrees of any school at Binghamton. Application procedures vary by course, but in general students will need to submit references, transcripts, resumes, a personal statement, and GRE scores. Because the arts and sciences college includes the study of everything from chemistry to geography to Spanish, credits, courses, and thesis requirements vary widely. A master's degree in English, for example, requires 36 credits but no thesis, while a master's degree in geological sciences requires the completion of a thesis to graduate.

Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing offers four master's degree programs in community health nursing, family nursing, gerontological nursing, and psychiatric mental health nursing. All nursing programs require 49 credits of coursework, which is typically completed over two years. In general, there is much overlap between the four programs, and students typically take the same courses together in their first semester. These include a Health Assessment course, and Advanced Quantitative Analysis. Students specialize in later semesters depending on their course of study. For example, students in gerontology would take Adult Gerontological Nursing I, while a psychiatric nursing student would take Psychopharmacology.

Community and Public Affairs

The Community and Public Affairs School offers three programs in public administration, social work and student affairs. While the Master of Social Work program requires over 60 credits, the public administration and student affairs programs only require 42 to 45 credits. Additionally, M.S.W. students complete a portfolio project, while public administration and student affairs complete final capstone projects instead.

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Binghamton's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the place to go on campus for master's degrees in technical fields. These include its computer science, bioengineering, and mechanical engineering programs. Students in these programs can get highly specialized degrees. The mechanical engineering field offers specializations in thermofluids, applied mechanics and materials. A M.Eng. degree requires ten courses irrespective of specialization and can be completed within a year or three semesters. No thesis is required. The Master of Science degrees is more theoretical in nature, takes between one and two years and requires the completion of a thesis or project.

School of Management

The Binghamton School of Management offers a master's degree in accounting and three separate M.B.A. programs. These include the standard four-semester M.B.A. Students, however, can also elect a fast-track option that takes only one year, and they can even choose to study in Manhattan at Binghamton's Midtown classroom location on Saturdays. Finally, mid-career executives with lots of professional experience can complete an executive M.B.A. either in Binghamton or in Manhattan.

School of Education

Binghamton's School of Education offers a series of adolescent education master's degrees in a variety of subjects, in addition to its childhood education, educational studies, literacy education and special education programs. The programs vary based on student teacher certification status. For example, a student who is not a certified teacher can enroll in one of the adolescent education programs, which leads to MAT certification. Students who are already certified, however, can improve their credentials in the literacy education or special education programs. Teacher certification programs require 42 credits that can be completed in three or four semesters. Non-certification programs, on the other hand, only require 36 credits but can still be completed in a three or four semesters.

About the Author

Kevin Wandrei has written extensively on higher education. His work has been published with Kaplan, Textbooks.com, and Shmoop, Inc., among others. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Cornell University.

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