Human Resource Management

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 SPDMaster'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. Letters of recommendation should be from teachers or professors with whom you have studied. Letters from professionals in fields of work related to the area of specialty you wish to pursue are also appropriate. Recommendation letters should not come from friends or family members.

Whenever possible, letters should be written on the school or company letterhead, or sent from an official email account (e.g., or to SPD at the mailing address listed above in item 1 or emailed to


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. Donot send this information to the School of Professional Development.

Conditional Admission

Under certain circumstances, promising candidates who lack the academic or professional preparation may be considered for conditional admission. » Conditional Admissions Policy

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

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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