Admission to the Ph.D. program

To apply for admission to Ph.D. study in T&S, applicants must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, or a closely related area from an accredited college or university; and
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

Applications must include:

  1. Three letters of recommendation;
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Stony Brook University’s school code is 2548. There is no separate code for the department.  We do not accept photo copies of ETS scores.
  3. A Statement of Purpose describing the applicant’s relevant past experience and immediate and long-term goals. Applicants should describe how the type of research that they expect to conduct while in the program relates to one of the department’s research areas, energy-environmental systems and/or engineering & technology workforce policy.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  5. If your native or primary language is not English, you must complete a test to measure your English proficiency is required.  The department and Graduate School accept TOEFL and IELTS examination scores.  The minimum score for TOEFL is 90 and an overall score of 7.0 with no subsection below 6.5 for IELTS.  The Stony Brook University school code is 2548. There is no separate code for the department.

All official transcripts, recommendation letters, CVs (those not uploaded in the Graduate School’s online application system), etc. must be sent to the Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-4404. Attention: PhD Applicant Review Committee.

Students applying to the Ph.D. program can complete an application online at:

Additional information about the application process can be found at the Graduate School’s web site

The deadline for submission of applications and all supporting documents for the Fall 2017 semester for prospective Ph.D. students is December 1, 2016.

Supporting documents include:  three letters of recommendations, Graduate Record Examination scores electronically sent to Stony Brook University (2548), a Statement of Purpose and Curriculum Vitae (CV) and English proficiency scores (TOELF or IELTS exams) electronically sent to Stony Brook University (2548).  We will not accept supporting documents after the December 1, deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the deadline for my Supporting Documents? (those not uploaded in the Graduate School’s online application system)
  2. All supporting documents, including GRE and English Proficiency test scores, must be received by the application deadline. There are no exceptions to this requirement. GRE and English Proficiency test scores must be submitted to Stony Brook University (School Code: 2548) by the application deadline in order for your application to be reviewed.
  3. Where do I mail my supporting documents? (The supporting documents are the documents that are not loaded into the online application system.)

    Attention:  Ph.D. Applicant Review Committee
    Department of Technology and Society
    College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-4404.

  4. I was educated in an English- speaking environment. Do I still need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS exam?
    The answer depends on the amount of time you were educated in English and whether you consider English as a native or primary language. For more details, please see our Graduate School’s web site or contact Marypat Taveras.
  5. Is there a minimum GRE requirement?
    No, there is no minimum GRE requirement; however, our department must receive your GRE scores by the application deadline.
  6. Do you offer financial support to Graduate students?
    Students offered full-time admission to our Ph.D. program are supported with a stipend and tuition. Typically, full-time students are offered four years of funding—with yearly support contingent on good standing and continued progress in the Ph.D. program.
  7. How do I write my Statement of Purpose?
    The aim of the Statement of Purpose is to provide information that will allow reviewers to see how your background, education, and experience make you a strong candidate for this specific Ph.D. program. Please comment on any work, research or otherwise, that you have done that may have prepared you for the rigors of our Ph.D. program. Also, it may be helpful to comment on your special characteristics that have prepared you for the intellectual dimensions and personal commitment essential for successful Ph.D. work.
  8. What do you look for when reviewing my application?
    The review committee considers overall academic performance, statement of purpose, evidence of ability to carry out research in technology and policy, and GRE scores. The committee seeks to determine whether you are likely to be successful in rigorous courses and research in technology, policy and innovation.