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Combined Degree Program in Sociology and Public Administration (BA/MPA or BS/MPA)


This combined degree program enables students to complete their bachelors in sociology and masters in public administration in an accelerated fashion, in as little as five years.  When qualified Brockport undergraduate sociology majors are admitted to this combined degree program, they may take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration, all at the undergraduate tuition rate. These credits may apply to undergraduate and graduate degree requirements simultaneously. Upon finishing all undergraduate degree requirements and graduating in good academic standing in the combined degree program, students matriculate directly into the master of public administration degree program.

Admission to the Program

Admission to this highly selective combined degree program is restricted to Brockport sociology students who have:

  • completed at least 54 undergraduate credits
  • a cumulative Brockport GPA of at least 3.0

Qualified students interested in this combined degree program should speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor or the department chair before submitting the online application.

Applications include:

  • general personal information
  • statement of purpose
  • at least one letter of recommendation from a Brockport sociology professor

Program Requirements

Taking Graduate Classes as a Combined Degree Student

Once admitted to this combined degree program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration at the undergraduate tuition rate.  Up to 6 of these credits, by advisement, can fulfill upper-division elective requirements for their sociology major, while the remaining 6 credits can fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. These 12 credits can fulfill requirements for their master of public administration degree once they matriculate into that program.

When combined degree students have fulfilled all requirements for their sociology major and their undergraduate degree, they may no longer take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rate. Furthermore, no more than 12 graduate credits taken as undergraduates at Brockport can transfer into their graduate degree program and fulfill its course requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing in the Program

Combined degree students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing in the program.

Students who are dismissed or choose to dematriculate from the combined degree program, can complete outstanding requirements for the undergraduate major and degree. If such a student subsequently applies for the graduate program, those credits may be transferred to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

Matriculation into the Graduate Program

When undergraduate students in good academic standing in this combined degree program graduate from Brockport, they are eligible to automatically matriculate into the master of public administration program.  All Brockport graduate academic policies will then apply to them.

Department of Sociology

Department Chair: Julie Ford
Location: Hartwell Hall 204
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Phone: (585) 395-2619
Fax: (585) 395-5085

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Faculty & Staff

Melody L Boyd Ph.D
(Temple University)
Assistant Professor

Tristan S Bridges Ph.D
(University Of Virginia-Main Campus)
Assistant Professor

Denise Copelton Ph.D
(SUNY At Binghamton)
Associate Professor

Brian Fletcher Ph.D
(SUNY At Binghamton)

Julie M Ford Ph.D
(CUNY Graduate School And University Center)
Associate Professor + Chair

Brett T Goldstein MS
(Nazareth College Of Rochester)
Adjunct Lecturer

Amy Guptill Ph.D
(Cornell University)
Associate Professor

Meghan Murphy MA
(University Of Massachusetts-Boston)
Adjunct Lecturer

JoAnn Sigler
Secretary 1

Tara L Tober Ph.D
(University Of Virginia-Main Campus)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Elliot B Weininger Ph.D
(CUNY Graduate School And University Center)
Associate Professor

Public Administration Faculty & Staff

Bradford Daly Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Marilyn E Klotz Ph.D
(Indiana University-Bloomington)
Adjunct Lecturer

Philip F LaPorta MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Danielle Pierleoni BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Graduate Assistant

Faith Prather Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor

James J Ross Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Adjunct Lecturer

Weijie Wang MA
(Renmin University)

Celia A Watt Ph.D
(The University Of Texas At Austin)
Professor and Chair

Wendy Wright Ph.D
(SUNY At Binghamton)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Ryan Yeung Ph.D
(Syracuse University)
Assistant Professor