Educational Leadership Programs

School District Business Leader Admissions

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Post-master’s Certificate in School District Business Leadership MUST possess the following for admission:

  • Master's degree. Applicants to this program must have an MBA, MS in Management, MS in Finance or Accounting or a master’s in human resource management, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Personal statement. The required 750-1000 word personal statement should be a reflection of your ability to approach graduate-level work successfully, using creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research. The statement should address the following:
    • What is your purpose in pursuing this degree/certificate?
    • How have you prepared yourself for this field of study? (Include any relevant professional experience.)
    • Specifically, how will this degree/certificate assist you in advancing both your professional and personal goals?
    • Describe your research and study interests and any other aspects of your background, skills, or qualifications that would aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

 Your personal statement must be your own original work.

  • Two letters of recommendation. One from the CEO, COO, or CFO (or his or her designee) and one from corporate or other supervisory personnel or administrators who have a thorough knowledge of whether you have the temperament and disposition to become an effective leader. One of these letters must indicate that you have had three (3) years of full-time administrative, supervisory and business-related experience.

  • Entrance examination requirement:  include scores from one of the following examinations:  GRE (general exam results); GMAT, Miller Analogies, or the Educating All Students (EAS) Test.  For the GRE, arrange to have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE score reports to Stony Brook University (School code: 2420).  For the EAS Test, the school code is "SUNY at Stony Brook 800."  Official score reports for the Miller Analogies Test and GMAT may be mailed to “Graduate Program Coordinator – Educational Leadership,2321 Computer Science Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4434 (include the last 4 digits).

In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be requested.

How to Apply

Applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, copies of teaching licenses and any other required materials, along with a nonrefundable $100 application fee, are submitted online through Apply Yourself. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the institution to the School of Professional Development or may be mailed to the address listed below. Students who take courses on campus will also be required to submit an immunization form to Student Health Services.

Applicants may expect to hear from the School of Professional Development (SPD)/Stony Brook University via email regarding an admissions decision typically within two business weeks after receipt of the completed application. SPD must be in receipt of complete applications by the published deadline for the requested term of admission, Fall, Spring or Summer, in order to be reviewed by the SDBL Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, any other required materials and a nonrefundable $100 application fee are submitted online through Apply Yourself.
  • Students who take courses on campus will also be required to submit an immunization form to Student Health Services. Visit the Student Health Services Web site for more information.
  • Transcripts and any other supporting materials not included in your electronic application can be sent to: 

Graduate Program Coordinator - Educational Leadership
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434

Application Deadlines

SPD admits students into the Post-master's Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Educational Leadership three (3) times a year (Fall, Spring & Summer). The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15


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Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. Stony Brook University is 100 percent tobacco-free.



Contact Information for Applicants

School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Tel. (631) 632-7050

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