Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Admission Requirements of the MBA Program

The College of Business graduate programs are designed for ambitious and analytical students who are capable of applying what they learn toward the solutions of organizational problems. New students can begin the Stony Brook MBA in the Fall or Spring semester.  The MS in Accounting and MS in Finance programs can be started in the Fall semester only.

All graduateapplications are submitted online through the following Website:  Applicants are encouraged to submit a current resume along with their online application and personal statement. The requirements for the business graduate programs include:

A. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. In exceptional cases, students not meeting the GPA  requirement may be considered for admission on a conditional basis. Official transcripts can be mailed directly to the College of Business or sent electronically to We strongly encourage foreign transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or another NACES member association. 

B. Aptitude for quantitative analysis, demonstrated through previous coursework, standardized tests, or practical experience. All applicants must have successfully completed an introductory calculus course (MAT 123 or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher.

C. Submission of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores or GRE scores

D. Three letters of recommendation, one of which, if possible, should be from a professional working in a private company or public agency who is capable of evaluating the applicant’s motivation and potential. The three letters of recommendation should also include at least one from a college faculty member, counselor, or administrator. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through ApplyYourself.

E. Applicants whose first or primary language is not English, must submit one of the following:

A TOEFL internet-based score of 85 or above

An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5 or above, with no sub-scores below 6.0F. Acceptance by both the College of Business and the Graduate School.

G. $100 application fee.

In addition to the criteria stated above, the MBA in Accounting and MS in Accounting programs have further requirements. Applicants to these programs must have completed 21 credits of accounting prerequisites and one 3 credit law course. In addition, applicants to the MS in Accounting program must have completed 30 credits in general business (non-accounting) coursework. Please refer to the program website for detailed prerequisite information.

Application Deadlines:

Application deadline for MBA Programs for the Spring semester is November 15th; International Applicants should apply by October 15th.
Application deadline for MS Programs for the Fall semester is May 15th; International Applicants should apply by March 15th.
Application deadline for MBA Programs for the Fall semester is June 15th; International Applicants should apply by March 15th.
Applications may be considered after these dates, as long as space is available.

For additional information, please visit or email

Office of Student Services
Harriman Hall, Room 109
College of Business
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
(631) 632-7171


Certificate Programs

Applications for the Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs are available through the School of Professional Development, with the exception of the Health Care Management Certificate, which is available through the School of Health Technology and Management. Admission into an AGC does not guarantee admission into the MBA program. Students must submit a separate application directly to the MBA program or MS in Finance Program to be considered for admission. Students who are accepted into a Master’s program may apply up to 12 credits towards their degree program. Students must declare their decision to matriculate into a master’s program before the completion of 12 credits.

Note that, although it is a valuable academic credential, an Advanced Graduate Certificate is not a degree.

Certificate Program in Finance

The 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Finance prepares students for careers in financial management, including financial analysis, portfolio management, investment banking and corporate financial associate positions. The curriculum places an emphasis on developing financial analytical skills. It offers in-depth knowledge of the principles and techniques of finance and accounting needed to understand how corporate financial objectives are developed, measured and reported, as well as the central issues in government regulation, taxation and financial reporting.

The AGC in Finance is a part-time program designed for working professionals. Courses are scheduled in the evening, and several of them are offered completely online

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management
The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a program for private- and public-sector managers, labor relations specialists, and union representatives, human resources/personnel managers, and employee training professionals. The program, leading to the New York State Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Management, requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.   This program is administered by the School for Professional Development. For further information and to apply, please refer to the following Web site:

Certificate Program in Health Care Management
The Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Health Care Management is a professional development program intended for health practitioners who require management training and for managers who require specific training in the health care field. It offers participants a comprehensive understanding of health care and management and helps them develop the analytical capabilities to be effective managers. The Advanced Certificate Program in Health Care Management is a joint program of the School of Health Technology and Management and the College of Business.

The program is designed to meet the needs of (1) working professionals who are part-time students and (2) full-time graduate students at the University. Many courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening. Certificate program students are required to complete the program within a three-year period. Graduate students who pursue either the Master of Science in Health Sciences in the School of Health Technology and Management or the MBA in the College of Business may obtain the certificate as they earn credits toward graduation. For further information and to apply, please refer to the following Web site: