Instructions for MA & PhD Applicants


  • January 15 (Fall matriculation),
  • Oct 15 (Spring Matriculation -MA only)

Applications must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School. Required components of the application package include:

  1. A statement of purpose. Here's one of many on-line resources offering advice on how to compose personal statements.
  2. GRE scores.  Click here for more information regarding test scores.
  3. A writing sample of approximately 10 pages (for MA applicants) or 20 pages (for PhD applicants), to be uploaded under supplemental materials.
  4. 3 Letters of recommendation. You should solicit these from current or former instructors or persons otherwise qualified to comment on your academic performance and potential for graduate study. Please request that your recommenders submit their letters through the on-line system (this option will be available to you as you complete the application).
  5. Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts from each education institution you have attended (use the link in the application system for uploading transcripts).

Submitting all your application materials online will save paper and expedite the review process. 


The only item that needs to be sent as a hard copy is your official transcripts, as required by the Graduate School. Please have these mailed to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of English
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350

Department of English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350 - Undergraduate: 631 632-7400 | Graduate: 631 632-7373

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