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The Combined BA/MPA program between the State University of New York at Oneonta and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY gives outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to join Rockefeller's nationally ranked MPA program before graduation.

The Advantages

Eligible students are granted admission to Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy without the need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or pay the application fee. For selected students, admission to the College occurs following the end of the junior year. As a result of enrolling in Rockefeller's nationally ranked graduate coursework as an undergraduate, students will be able to complete the MPA degree more quickly. After completing the bachelor's degree, students should be able to finish the MPA in about three semesters.

The combined program results in significant monetary savings. By finishing a semester early, students will save a full semester of graduate level tuition and fees.

Why a Master's in Public Administration?

An MPA allows students to develop a wide range of job possibilities. Our graduates are prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, and for-profit organizations that coordinate with the public sector.

Rockefeller's MPA program is nationally ranked. It provides excellent training in public administration in a variety of specialized fields. Concentrations include Environmental Policy & Politics, Global Affairs, Public Management, Public Finance, Nonprofit Management, Health Policy, Homeland Security, Policy Analysis, Information Strategy and Management, and Local Government Management. Further, students in our program can take advantage of our strategic location in Albany to participate in an internship in a nonprofit organization, government agency, or legislative office. Our Office of Career Development can also assist students who wish to pursue internships, and careers, outside of the Capital Region. In addition to access to a variety of internship areas, 85% of our students receive paid internships.

Access to the College's Office of Career Development is another advantage of the combined program. The College boasts extremely high job placement rates, with 100% of our 2016 graduates employed or pursuing further study 9 months after graduation. The Career Development staff is dedicated to students' success and MPA graduates have access to the office's services for life!


The combined BA/MPA program is highly competitive. In order for your application to be reviewed, students must have completed at least 56 credit hours towards their undergraduate degree, but have at least 12 credit hours remaining in their undergraduate program.  In addition, applicants must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be considered and must have completed at least two quantitative courses (with a grade of B or higher). The BA/MPA program is especially suited for Politics Majors, International Studies Majors, and Economics Majors but we welcome students from across disciplines. Students in other majors are welcome to apply; Interested students should contact the BA/MPA Faculty Advisor at Oneonta, Dr. Richard Barberio.

Application Timeline

The BA/MPA application has two stages. First, you must apply for a nomination by the Faculty Advisor at Oneonta, Dr. Richard Barberio. Second, if nominated, you must apply for admission to Rockefeller College.
Most applicants will apply for the combined BA/MPA program at the end of their junior year. Most admitted students will complete their undergraduate coursework (or all but 12 elective upper division hours of coursework) during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. They can begin graduate study at Rockefeller College either in Albany or online during thefall or spring semester of their senior year. Students should discuss their personal timeline with Dr. Barberio before applying.

Spring of your junior year:
May 1 – Nomination materials due to your faculty advisor
May 15 – Nomination review completed by Potsdam
June 15 – Applications due to Rockefeller's program

Fall of your senior year:
November 1 – Nomination materials due to your faculty advisor
November 15 – Nomination review completed by Potsdam
December 1 – Applications due to Rockefeller’s program

Oneonta Nomination Checklist

  1. Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate work to date
  2. Two letters of recommendation (1 must be from faculty at Oneonta)
  3. 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
  4. Resume  

For more details about the nomination process, please contact the Faculty Advisor at Oneonta, Dr. Richard Barberio.

Rockefeller College Application Checklist

  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all undergraduate work to date
  • two letters of recommendation (1 must be from faculty at Oneonta and 1 must be from the BA/MPA Faculty Advisor at Oneonta)
  • 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
  • Resume
  • Your Application fee is waived!

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

Instructions for the Statement of Background and Goals:

In a 1-2 page double-spaced essay, state your reason for undertaking graduate study in Public Administration and Policy. Convey how graduate study enhances your career plans. Also, discuss any substantial accomplishments, either collegiate, professional, or in the community, which cannot be inferred through other areas of your application. Finally, explicitly talk about your area of interest if you have decided what that is, such as nonprofit management or public finance. We want to know about yout passion and how you want to change the world.

Welcome Week

If admitted, the College's Department of Public Administration and Policy requires all new MPA students to attend a Welcome Week orientation program. The week long program is typically held in August; the week prior to the first day of classes. Based on your date of admission, and which semester you begin studying at Rockefeller, the College will let you know when you will be required to attend.

Contact Information

Jaclyn Napoleon, Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Dr. Richard Barberio, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, SUNY Oneonta; Faculty Advisor, BA/MPA program