MBA Program: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What do I need in order to apply for the MBA program?

Note: Please send all application materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to the College of Business. (Address is at the end of the document)
A: Requirements for consideration of admission into the MBA program (Both Full and Part Time applicants):
    • 4 Page online application. Go to to complete the application.
    • Please upload your personal statement and resume to the application (do not upload transcripts or any other documents)
    • You will need to create an account in order to apply.
    • $100 Application Fee (non-refundable), payable online by credit card.
    • General Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Visit for more information on how to take the test. Official scores are required in order to completely process your application.
    • Foreign transcripts are required to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Applicants should send their foreign transcripts (English, and Native Language if applicable) directly to WES. WES will conduct an evaluation and send their report directly to the College of Business. You may find out more information about WES at
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation from current or former employers or professors. We prefer that your recommenders submit their letter electronically through Apply Yourself.
    • Proof of satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or better) of a three credit hour calculus course. *A request for waiver from the calculus course requirement will be considered based on the student,s undergraduate major, business experience and career aspirations.
    • Applicants whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English must also submit one of the following:
      • A TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or above
      • A TOEFL computer-based score of 213 or above
      • A TOEFL internet-based score of 90 or above, with no sub score below 22
      • An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5 or above, with no sub-scores below 6.0
    • Please instruct ETS to send the official score reports electronically to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, code 2548.
    Official scores are required in order to have an application reviewed for possible admission.
  • If you are an international applicant and are accepted into the program, you will need to submit documentation to receive an F-1 visa. You will submit your information electronically through SOLAR after you have accepted our offer of admission.
    All of the above items are NECESSARY for the complete processing of your application.

Q: How much is the tuition for MBA Program?

A: Please visit the Bursar's website for up-to-date tuition information.

Q: Can I receive financial aid?

A: Information regarding need-based financial assistance can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid at 631-632-6840. You can also visit their website at

Q. Where do I find the schedule of classes?

A: Please visit

Q. Are there MBAs in different areas or are there MBA concentrations available?

A: Yes, as an MBA student, you are able to pursue an MBA in Finance, MBA in Marketing or MBA in Accounting, or a general MBA.  If the latter, you must select a concentration at some point in your educational program.  Concentration choices include General Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation, and Management Information Systems. The concentration will be completed by taking a minimum of 12 elective credits in your chosen concentration. *Health Care Management may be taken as part of an 18 credit advanced certificate program, which requires a separate application. Please contact OSS for more information.

Q. I would like to transfer credits into the MBA Program. How does this work?

A: A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be transferred into the MBA program with the approval of the Graduate Program Director. Credits must not have been used to fulfill the requirements for another degree/certificate and credits must not be more than 5years old at the time the student is admitted to graduate study at SBU. The credits must carry a letter grade of B or higher. A course listed as both graduate and/or undergraduate level will not be considered for transfer.

Q. When is my application due?

A: Deadlines are as follows;

  • Fall admissions:  February 15 for international students; July 1 for domestic students
  • Summer admissions: March 15 (domestic students only; students must start in Summer session I)
  • Spring admissions: October 15 for international applicants; November 15th for domestic applicants

If you submit your application after these deadlines, it will be considered only if there is adequate time to process your paperwork for admission and there is room in the program. 

Q: When will I hear back about a decision?

A: Depending on when your application was received, it can take anywhere from 4-10 weeks to reply to you. Once we have received all of your materials, your application will be sent to the admissions committee for review. You can check Apply Yourself at any time to view the status of your application. (During heavy admission time periods please allow 1-2 weeks from the time your materials are received to when your status is updated). 

Q: I am an international student. Are there special things for me to consider when applying?

A: Yes, please consider the following information if you are an international student.

    • Early completion of the application is crucial. International applicants should keep in mind the following deadlines for completed applications: for the Fall semester the deadline is February 15th; for the Spring semester, it is October 15th.
    • Native or primary speakers of English have been raised or educated in an English-speaking environment. Native or primary speakers may speak a language other than English at home, but speak English exclusively outside the home in social and/or educational contexts.
    • All persons whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by satisfying one of the following:
      • TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or above
      • A TOEFL computer-based score of 213 or above
      • A TOEFL internet-based score of 90 or above, with no sub score below 22
      • An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5

Q: Do I need to take the GMAT?

A: Yes, students that apply for the MBA must submit official GMAT scores. The GMAT will be considered as part of the evaluation of your application along with letters of recommendation, grades, and other materials.

Q: I have received my unofficial GMAT scores. Can I submit these with my application?

A: Yes, by faxing or sending your unofficial scores to us [Fax: (631)632-8181], your application can be initially reviewed for admittance. However, we would need your official scores to arrive before a final decision can be made.

Q: What is the minimum GMAT score for admission to the MBA program?

A: Your GMAT score is one part of your completed application and the admissions committee reviews the score in combination with your other materials. The admission committee looks for a minimum score of 550. However, applications will still be reviewed if your scores are below this point.

Note: The College of Business cannot provide any indication of your likelihood of admission before your complete application is reviewed by the admissions committee.

Q: Can I substitute the GRE for the GMAT exam?

A: Yes. The College of Business will consider GRE scores as an alternate to the GMAT. We look for a minimum score of 310 on the GRE.

Q: I have all other application materials ready, but have not yet taken the GMAT. Can I submit my application?

A: You can submit your application and we will hold it until you can fax us unofficial scores from your completed GMAT. Note: Your application will not receive final processing until we receive an official copy of your GMAT score

Q: What is the minimum GPA for admission to the MBA program?

A: You are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 in prior academic work. In exceptional cases, a GPA below 3.0 will be considered for "conditional admission" to the MBA. If admitted "conditionally," you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first semester to continue in the MBA program.

Note: The College of Business cannot provide any indication of your admission status before your complete application is reviewed by the admissions committee. 

Q: Where should I send my WES evaluation and any letters of recommendation that weren't submitted online?

A: Please send to the Office of Student Services in the College of Business, Stony Brook University, 109 Harriman Hall, Stony Brook NY 11794-3775.  Phone: 631-632-7171

Q: Is work experience required for admission into the MBA program?

A: No, work experience is not a requirement for acceptance into the program, but it is a factor that the admission committee considers.

Q: Can I use work experience towards earning MBA credits?

A: If you have a graduate degree, or at least five years of post bachelor's professional work experience, you may be considered for a 12-credit waiver, which would require a total of 48 credits for graduation clearance rather than 60. If you feel that you meet these criteria, please contact Erica Robey in the Office of Student Services to see if you may

*Eligibility for the waiver does not guarantee that you will receive a waiver. This is decided on a case by case basis by the admissions committee. 

Q: Can I take classes on Saturday?

A: Saturday classes are restricted to 48-credit MBA students or MBA students who work full time during the week.

Q: Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?

A: The College of Business does not allow non-matriculated students to take MBA courses. Enrollment in MBA courses is limited to students matriculated in the MBA program or students matriculated into a program such as the Masters in Public Health or the Technology Certificate program where MBA courses are necessary to satisfy degree requirements.

Q: Does Stony Brook University have a GMAT Fee Waiver Program?

A: Stony Brook's College of Business has the ability to request a small number of GMAT fee waivers from GMAC. If you are interested, please download the GMAT fee waiver application form, complete the top section and bring it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.


State University of New York at Stony Brook
College of Business, Office of Student Services
Harriman Hall, Room 109
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775Phone: (631)632-7171
Fax: (631)632-8181

College of Business • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775 • Phone: 631.632.7171 • Fax: 631.632.8181
Login to Edit