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How To Apply

For MALS, MPS and MS Programs Only

The application process requires applicants to submit items both online and by mail. Everything listed below is required; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified by mail and email of their admissions status. (Please note that International students have additional application requirements to those that are listed below.)

Online Component — The following 5 items are submitted online.


Online Orientation. Review the program requirements and SPD policy and procedures on the SPD Master's Degree Orientation Website. Then, submit the online Orientation Checklist (located under SIGN OUT).


Online Application. Go to the Apply Yourself website and click on the "Create Account" button. By creating an account, you will receive a unique ID so you can check your application status online. There are separate applications for traditional and online programs, so please be sure to select the correct option.


Personal Statement. Please attach a personal statement of 750-1000 words that is a reflection of your ability to approach graduate-level work successfully, using creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research. Your statement should address the following:

  • What is your purpose in pursuing this degree?
  • 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. (Read the rubric for evaluating personal statement - PDF.)


Resume. Submit a 1-2 page resume, highlighting education, work experience, and additional, relevant information.  Any standard resume format is acceptable.  Information about resume writing may be found at the Stony Brook Career Center website.


Application Fee. Submit the nonrefundable $100 application fee via credit card. (Instructions are on the Apply Yourself website.)

Mail — The three items below are submitted by mail.


Arrange to have an official, sealed copy of your transcript sent to SPD:

School of Professional Development
N-201 Social & Behavioral Sciences,
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
(Full zip code must be used.)

The transcript must show that you have earned a bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (if your GPA is lower than 3.00, please see the note on Conditional Admission, below). If you earned your bachelor's from Stony Brook, SPD will access your transcript electronically.


Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who can speak about your academic ability, your commitment to learning and professional development, and attributes and experiences that will make you a successful student in this program. Recommendations from current or former faculty members and/or employers are strongly encouraged.

Recommenders may submit their letters via email from their official email address (, or to, or they may send it via US Mail to:

School of Professional Development
N-201 Social & Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4310


Immunization Form. Print, fill out, and return the Immunization Form (PDF) demonstrating proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella in compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2165. The form contains instructions for completion and the mailing address for Student Health Services. Do not send this information to the School of Professional Development.

Conditional Admission

If your official transcript indicates an undergraduate cumulative GPA below 3.00 and above 2.75, you will be considered for Conditional Admission. Conditionally admitted part-time students must achieve a cumulative 3.00 GPA after attempting six graduate credits (applicable to their program) at Stony Brook. Full-time students (12 or more credits) must achieve a cumulative 3.00 GPA after their first semester/term. If a cumulative 3.00 GPA is not achieved as described, students will not be permitted to re-enroll at matriculated status. However, a student may petition SPD for approval to continue taking courses at Non-matriculated Graduate Student (GSP) status in an effort to raise his/her cumulative GPA to the required 3.00, provided he/she submits the requisite GSP application and application fee to SPD.

Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 are ineligible for admission as a matriculated student. However, these students may apply for Non-matriculated Graduate Student (GSP) status in order to enroll in classes at Stony Brook in an effort to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.00 for program admission. If, after completion of a minimum of 6.0--maximum of 12.0--graduate credits appropriate to the student's intended master's program, a cumulative 3.00 GPA is earned, student may submit the required application/application package for admission consideration.

Application Deadlines

  • June 15 for Fall admission.
  • October 15 Spring admission.
  • March 15 for Summer admission.


Contact Information

School of Professional Development
N 201 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Tel. (631) 632-7050 (option 1)

Statement of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating (non-degree) Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.


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