Non-Matriculated Graduate Student Status
If you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in taking undergraduate or graduate courses at Stony Brook, without working toward a degree or certificate, you may apply for admission as a Non-matriculated Graduate (GSP) Student. The School of Professional Development admits all GSP students to the University's West Campus.
Non-Matriculated Student Guidelines
The maximum number of graduate credits that one may earn as a Non-matriculated Graduate Student (GSP) that may later be considered for any Stony Brook graduate degree, including those degree and certificate programs offered through the School of Professional Development is 12 credits; for certificate programs, the maximum is six (6) credits.
- As a non-matriculated graduate student (GSP), you may register for any graduate or undergraduate course available to you, provided that prerequisites, if any, are met. (If you anticipate being accepted into a graduate program at Stony Brook, check in advance with the respective academic department to ensure the courses are applicable to the graduate degree or certificate you seek.)
- GSP students who wish to take courses in SPD programs will have their personal statements and transcripts reviewed by faculty directors before they will be admitted and allowed to enroll. Note: GSP students may not enroll in courses that originate out of the Educational Leadership program.
- Departmental permission for graduate non-SPD courses may be required prior to registration. SPD has compiled a catalog of enrollment guidelines for GSP students (PDF) that have been approved by academic departments. Please refer to this list before submitting your application. If you would like to take a course from a department that is not listed in this document, you should contact that department directly to confirm eligibility to enroll.
- Enrollment in a department's graduate courses does not entitle a GSP student to candidacy for a department's degree. You must formally apply and be admitted to a degree and/or certificate program.
- GSP students are eligible to register during Graduate Open Enrollment (and after matriculated students); students are advised to register as soon as Graduate Open Enrollment begins for each term for best course selection. Complete course offerings (and descriptions) may be found on Stony Brook's SOLAR System.
- The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of GSP students will be based on all courses taken at Stony Brook, whether undergraduate or graduate. Should the student subsequently matriculate in a master's degree or advanced graduate certificate program, from the term of matriculation, the student's GPA is reset to include only graduate grades in the calculation of the cumulative GPA (all undergraduate work is excluded).
- After earning six credits, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for students to continue enrollment. If students do not meet this requirement, they will be discontinued from the University.
- SPD students who are matriculated (eligible to enroll) with graduate non-matriculated program status, but who exceed the maximum number of allotted credits to be transferred into a master’s program (12 credits) or a certificate program (6 credits), must petition through SPD for approval. Petitions must include a rationale for why students didn't matriculate prior to the petition. Approval of credits beyond the minimum is not guaranteed. If approved, a re-matriculation fee of $50.00 will be charged and must be paid before your petition is processed.
- After three non-enrolled terms (fall and spring semesters only), students will be discontinued from the University. Students must reapply to return to the University for a degree program or as a non-matriculated student.
- Students are advised to keep all Stony Brook records, including departmental
correspondence, payment and registration receipts, etc., for reference and verification.
- GSP students are usually not eligible for financial aid or University housing. (For information concerning Financial Aid, please call 631.632.6840.)
- International student applicants requesting F1 or J1 visas are normally required to be matriculated in a degree or advanced graduate certificate program. Non-matriculating graduate student (GSP) status does not fulfill this requirement.
How To Apply
- All applicants, whether they are planning to take graduate or undergraduate courses, must submit a transcript (official or unofficial is accepted) reflecting conferral of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
- Those applicants who are planning to take graduate courses must also submit a personal statement. (Read the rubric for evaluating the personal statement.)
Applications, personal statements, and a nonrefundable $90 application fee are submitted online through Apply Yourself. Official transcripts may be sent from the institution to the School of Professional Development either electronically or mailed to the address listed below; unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into your application, or may be emailed or mailed by the applicant. Students who are admitted and 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.
Applications submitted by:
Will be considered for admission for:
Summer Session I and the Summer Online Session
Summer Session II
Fall term (both on-campus and online)
How To Enroll
Applications are usually processed within 5-to-7 business days after all materials are submitted. After your application is processed, you will receive an
email containing admission confirmation (including your Stony Brook
ID number) and registration instructions.
Once you have your Stony Brook ID number, you will
be able to enroll in courses via the SOLAR
Tuition and Fees
Tuition rates for non-matriculated graduate students (GSP) are based
on the course level (i.e., undergraduate or graduate). The Bursar's
website has detailed information on tuition and fees.
School of Professional Development
N 201 Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
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Taking SBU courses other than those offered through SPD?
Read this catalog (PDF) of enrollment instructions, requirements and contact information from other academic departments.