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College of Business Graduate Frequently Asked Questions About Applying to MBA and MS Programs


What do I need in order to apply for the MBA or MS Program?

The College of Business seeks graduate students that have demonstrated critical and analytical skills, a record of academic achievement, potential to excel in a challenging environment, and want to grow in their careers.  We take a holistic approach in the evaluation of candidates and empower you to submit materials that highlight the attributes we are seeking.

The following are required for consideration of admission into the MBA or MS programs, for both full and part time applicants:

  • Online application
  • Please upload your personal statement, resume, and unofficial transcripts to the application (do not upload any other documents). The personal statement should be uploaded after you submit your application. Please answer the following questions:

    * What would you consider your special qualifications, over and above those called for on the previous pages of your application?

    * Discuss briefly your experience relative to the area of proposed study outside the classroom.

    * What do you propose to do with your advanced degree, professionally?

  • $100 Application Fee (non-refundable), payable online by credit card.


  • Please upload   unofficial transcripts   to your application for your application to be reviewed.
    • Official transcripts   should be sent to:

    • Official   e-transcripts  are preferred and should be sent to

    • Hard Copy Physical Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate and Health Sciences Admissions
Health Science Tower, Level 2 Rm. 271
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8276

    • Official transcripts (one copy) from all schools from which you have earned a degree   

  • We strongly encourage foreign transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or another NACES member association. These must be course by course evaluations. You can find more information about WES at and NACES members at:  If your transcripts are not in English, you must provide us with official copies of your transcripts and proof of degree conferral in both English and your native language. These documents must be issued directly by your University.  
  • You are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 in prior academic work. In exceptional cases, a GPA below 3.0 will be considered for "conditional admission". If admitted "conditionally," you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first semester to continue in your MBA or MS program.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from current or former employers or professors. These should be submitted electronically through the online application system.
  • Proof of satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or better) of a three credit hour calculus course.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English must also submit one of the following:
    • A TOEFL internet-based score of 80 or above ( TOEFL iBT® Home Edition test score are acceptable.)
    • An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5 or above, with no sub-scores below 6.0
  • Please instruct ETS to send the official score reports electronically to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, code 2548.  http:/ Official scores are required in order to have an application reviewed for possible admission.
  • If you are an international applicant and are accepted into the program, you will need to submit documentation to receive an F-1 visa. You will submit your information electronically through SOLAR after you have accepted our offer of admission.


How much is the tuition for Graduate Programs in the College of Business?

Please visit the Bursar's website for up-to-date tuition information. Please note there are different rates for MS programs and MBA programs. 

Can I receive financial aid?

Information regarding need-based financial assistance can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at 631-632-6840. You can also visit their website.

Where do I find the schedule of classes?

Please visit

Can I attend my program completely online?

Yes, starting in Fall 2021, students in the General MBA or MBA with Concentrations (in Innovation or Operations Analytics) can complete the full program online. You must have applied to and been officially accepted to this program.  All other programs can be completed in a hybrid format with up to 50% of classes taken online. 

Are there MBAs in different areas or are there MBA concentrations available?

Yes, as an MBA student, you are able to pursue an MBA in Finance, MBA in Marketing, MBA in Health Care Management, MBA in Accounting, general MBA, or MBA with concentration options.  If the latter, you must select a concentration at some point in your educational program.  Concentration choices include Operations Analytics and Innovation. The concentration will be completed by taking a minimum of 12 elective credits in your chosen concentration.

I would like to transfer credits into the MBA or MS Program. How does this work?

A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be transferred into an MBA or MS program with the approval of the Graduate Program Director. Credits must not have been used to fulfill the requirements for another degree/certificate and credits must not be more than 5 years old at the time the student is admitted to graduate study at SBU. The credits must carry a letter grade of B or higher. A course listed as both graduate and/or undergraduate level will not be considered for transfer.  The full transfer credit policy can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.  If you meet the requirements outlined for transferring credits, you will have to provide a course syllabus for each transferable class so our faculty can review for equivalency. 

When is my application due?

Deadlines are as follows: 


Fall Admission

Spring Admission

Summer Admission

MS Finance Domestic Applicants

July 1

Fall admission only

Fall admission only

MS Accounting, Domestic Applicants

July 1

December 1

March 15

MBA, Domestic Applicants

July 1

December 1

March 15

International Applicants

* MS Finance Fall admission only

April 15

October 15

Fall/Spring Admission Only


When will I be notified of a decision?

Depending on when your application was received, it can take anywhere from 4-10 weeks to reply to you. Once we have received all of your materials, your application will be sent to the admissions committee for review. You can check Apply Yourself at any time to view the status of your application. (During heavy admission time periods please allow 1-2 weeks from the time your materials are received to when your status is updated). 

I am an international student. Are there special things for me to consider when applying?

Yes, please consider the following information if you are an international student:

    • Early completion of the application is crucial. International applicants should keep in mind the following deadlines for completed applications: for the Fall semester the deadline is March 15th; for the Spring semester, it is October 15th.
    • Native or primary speakers of English have been raised or educated in an English-speaking environment. Native or primary speakers may speak a language other than English at home but speak English exclusively outside the home in social and/or educational contexts.
    • All persons whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by satisfying one of the following:
      • A TOEFL internet-based score of 80 or above, with no subscore below 22 ( TOEFL iBT® Home Edition test score are acceptable.) 
      • An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5

For Students Affected by Center Closures

Stony Brook University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in place of the in-person TOEFL and IELTS proficiency exams. 

The exam costs $49 (USD) and may be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio, and reliable internet. The exam portion of the Duolingo English test contains a series of speaking, reading, writing and listening exercises. Following the exam, there is an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds. The exam takes about 45 minutes to complete and you will need either a passport, driver's license, or national or state ID to show the camera. The score results are generally received within a few days of exam completion.

A minimum score of 105 is required for Master's applicants. A minimum score of 110 is required for PhD applicants. PhD's and students who will serve as Teaching Assistants scores must be assessed by the Linguistics Department to determine OAE placement (see below).

Information on preparing for the Duolingo exam can be found   here.

To take or practice the exam go   here.

A verification email will be sent to you a few days after completing the exam containing a link to send your score to SBU. Please send your scores to

Do I need to take the GMAT/GRE?

The GMAT /GRE is optional.  Applicants that have below a 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA are strongly encouraged to submit exam scores to strengthen their application.

  What is the minimum GPA for admission to Graduate Programs in the College of Business?

You are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 in prior academic work. In exceptional cases, a GPA below 3.0 will be considered for "conditional admission" to the MBA. If admitted "conditionally," you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first semester to continue in the MBA program.

Note: The College of Business cannot provide any indication of your admission status before your complete application is reviewed by the admissions committee. 

Where should I send my WES evaluation and any letters of recommendation that weren't submitted online?

Office of Graduate and Health Sciences Admissions
Health Science Tower, Level 2 Rm. 271
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8276

Is work experience required for admission into Graduate Programs in the College of Business?

No, work experience is not a requirement for acceptance into the program, but it is a factor that the admission committee considers.

Can I use work experience towards earning Graduate credits?

No. Work experience cannot be used a substitute for credits. Within the MBA Programs, if a student has an undergraduate degree in business, they qualify for a 36-credit track. All other students will be placed in the 48-credit track. 

What is the difference between the MS in Finance and the MBA in Finance

The MS in Finance is a small, highly selective and focused program suited for finance professionals who seek to advance their finance skills, as well as students from other disciplines who seek to strengthen their finance expertise.  Qualified students will take a prescribed 30 credits (10 classes) in the finance area, all taught by leading College of Business finance faculty.

The MBA in Finance prepares students, who may or may not have a background in business, for careers in financial management of businesses, health care organizations, government agencies, and non-profit enterprises.  The degree will equip students with broad skills and knowledge in business, accounting, marketing, operations, management, and leadership; and allows for 4 classes in the finance area.  

If you are denied admission to the MS in Finance, you can request to have your application reevaluated for the MBA in Finance.

Can I start in the Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Finance and add on an MS or MBA in Finance?  Can I start in the MBA or MS and add the AGC in Finance?

For Advanced Graduate Certificates, students can apply a maximum of 6 credits earned in a primary program prior to being accepted into the certificate program.  If you are currently in an MBA or MS in Finance program, and you would like to add the AGC in Finance, you can apply 6 credits from the MBA or MS in Finance.  

If you are currently in the AGC in Finance and would like to add an MBA or MS in Finance program, you must submit a separate application directly to the MBA program or MS in Finance program to be considered for admission. Admission into an AGC does not guarantee admission into the MBA or MS in Finance program. Students who are accepted into a Master’s program may apply up to 12 credits towards their degree program. Students must declare their decision to matriculate into a master’s program before the completion of 12 credits.

 Can I take classes on Saturday?

A selection of classes is offered on Saturdays. These are especially helpful to students who work full time and cannot get to campus during the week; however, the majority of the MS in Finance classes will meet during the week.

Does the College of Business offer online classes?

We offer a fully online MBA program as an option.  This can be the general MBA or MBA with concentration options in Innovation or Operations Analytics. For other programs, a selection of classes are offered via an online format. For the MS in Finance program, the majority of the  classes will be face to face. 

Are classes offered in the Winter and Summer sessions?

A selection of classes is offered during the 3-week Winter session and two 6-week Summer sessions. Usually, these are online classes. These classes are a great way to speed your program along. Courses are scheduled based on instructor availability and demand for classes.  

Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?

The College of Business does not allow non-matriculated students to take graduate level courses. Enrollment in these courses is limited to students matriculated in College of Business Graduate program or students matriculated into a program such as the Masters in Public Health or the Technology Certificate program where MBA courses are necessary to satisfy degree requirements.

Does Stony Brook University have a GMAT Fee Waiver Program?

Stony Brook's College of Business has the ability to request a small number of GMAT fee waivers from GMAC. If you are interested, please download the  GMAT fee waiver application form, complete the top section and bring it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.


State University of New York at Stony Brook 
College of Business, Office of Student Services
Harriman Hall, Room 109
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775
Phone: (631) 632-7171

If you are a prospective student and would like to schedule a meeting with our MBA/MS Admissions Recruitment Advisor, please email