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Post-master's Certification in School District Business Leadership:
Application Information

Admission Requirements

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

    1. 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.
    2. Personal statement. The required 750-1000 word personal statment 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.

    3. 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.
    4. 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, and personal statements, 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 Deadlines

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

  • Fall: July 31
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15

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Contact Information for Applicants

Brian Conway
School of Professional Development
N 241 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Tel. (631) 632-7078



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