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Graduate Business Programs: Admissions

Please complete the form below to learn more about our programs.

Prospective student virutal meetings with our MBA/MS Admissions Recruitment Advisor can be booked here.


Fall 2022 Application Deadlines:  

Domestic Applicants, July 1

MBA Programs
MS Accounting 
MS Finance        

International Applicants, April 15    

MBA Programs
MS Accounting 
MS Finance


Spring/Summer 2023 Application Deadlines:  

Domestic Applicants, December 1

MBA Programs
MS Accounting          

International Applicants, October 15    

MBA Programs
MS Accounting 

MS Finance, Fall Admit Only


Applications may be considered after these dates, as long as space is available.

Application Process:

The Stony Brook College of Business Graduate Programs looks for students with the talent and desire to become business leaders. New students can begin the Stony Brook MBA Programs and MS in Accounting Program in the Fall or Spring semester.  New domestic students can also start these programs in Summer Session I semester only.  The MS in Finance can be started in Fall only. 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 COB Graduate programs, for both full and part-time applicants:   
Online application

Please access the online application here: 

Personal statement and resume 

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  

General Management Admission Test (GMAT) 


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.


Minimum GPA of 3.0 in prior academic work

Stony Brook University requires a minimum 3.0 GPA in prior academic work. In exceptional cases, a GPA below 3.0 will be considered for "conditional admission" to the College of Business. If admitted "conditionally," you must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first semester to continue in your College of Business graduate program.    


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

Please upload unofficial transcripts to your application for your application to be reviewed.

Official e-transcripts are preferred and should be sent to

We require that foreign transcripts be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or another NACES member association, or AACRAO. 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 may inquire with the College of Business to see if an evaluation exception can be approved by emailing

If you are mailing hard copy physical official transcripts, they should be mailed to:

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

3 letters of recommendation 


Letters of recommendation should be 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 

A request for a waiver from the calculus course requirement will be considered based on the student's undergraduate major, business experience, and career aspirations. 


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 scores 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.

Official scores are required in order to have an application reviewed for possible admission.





For Applicants Affected by Test Center Closures

In response to the closure of testing centers due to the Coronavirus, 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. 

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


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.


In addition to the criteria stated above, the MBA in Accounting and MS in Accounting programs have further requirements. 

Please visit our accounting programs page for more information.


Admission is open to all, regardless of undergraduate major. In making admissions decisions, the College of Business Admissions Committee applies a partially compensatory decision process. Under this process, exceptional strength in terms of GMAT scores, GPA, or work experience can offset minor deficiencies in another area. However, no exceptions are made to the TOEFL minimum score requirements for whom TOEFL scores are required.

Admitted students are expected to have access to a PC running Windows and Microsoft Office, and familiarity with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Have more questions?

Please visit our COB Graduate Program frequently asked questions page or contact our Office of Student Services (OSS), where you can receive academic guidance and assistance with the application process.  You can also meet with Joyce Gibson, MBA, MS Admissions Recruitment Advisor by scheduling an appointment here.