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How To Apply

All applications are processed by the Graduate School and must be filled out online here . A FAQ for the on-line application can be found here

Admission is made on a rolling basis. Upcoming application deadlines are:

  Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Domestic 11/1/19 4/1/20 7/1/20
International 9/3/19 2/3/20 4/1/20

Online Application

Required Documents

  • Personal Statement (no longer than 4 pages). In your personal statement please address the following questions: Explain why you are interested in our program and how you see it fitting in with your long term professional ambitions. Try, if possible, to comment in your statement on what one or more of the terms “compassionate care,” “medical humanities,” and “bioethics” mean to you. How do these areas of study mesh with where you see your career plans developing at this point in your life?  When filling out your application please upload your personal statement into the "statement of purpose" section.


  • 3 letters of recommendation, to be submitted online or by regular mail to the Center (address below). Ideally at least two of your letters should be from professors/instructors whom you have worked with. If you have earned a degree in the past 5 years then two of these recommendations must come from professors at the degree granting program.


  • Official GRE scores. When sending official GRE scores, only use the Institution Code of 2548, not the department/major code of 0625. We will accept GRE scores (or scores from comparable standardized tests, e.g. MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, DAT, and the like) taken up to 10 years prior to the application deadline. Applicants who have previously earned a degree requiring such a standardized test may waive this requirement. We understand that a student’s GRE score is but one of many measures of aptitude and it will be appropriately weighted by the admissions committee against the rest of the application materials. The local GRE testing centers are located in Melville, NY. The test is offered year round and takes up to 3:15 hours to finish. For more information see the GRE homepage here. You can register for the test on-line here.


  • 2 Official Transcripts* are required for any college coursework completed at academic institutions outside of Stony Brook. Applicants who have completed coursework at Stony Brook University do not need to send their official Stony Brook transcripts, as these can be retrieved internally.

    *Official paper transcripts can be sent directly to Center’s mailing address at bottom of page.

    *Official electronic transcripts* (or “eTranscripts”) can be sent directly to April Bortzfield at

Additional Documents that may be required

  • Official TOEFL scores. Required for students who declare a language other than English as their native language.
  • Proof of Permanent Residency. Required for students who declare themselves as Permanent Residents.


For further information please contact:

Director of Masters Program
Stephen G. Post, PhD
Phone: (631) 444-9797  

Graduate Program Coordinator
April Bortzfield, MSEd
Phone: (631) 444-8029

Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics
Stony BrookUniversity
Health Sciences Center
Level 3, Suite 080
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8335

Online Application