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CSCL, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, administers two graduate degree tracks (listed under Cultural Analysis and Theory in the Apply Yourself system):

Comparative Literature (M.A. and Ph.D. degrees)

Cultural Studies (M.A. and Ph.D. degrees)

To be considered for admission to Graduate Programs in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, all applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a suitable overall grade point average and with a high average in a major field appropriate to study in Comparative Literature or Cultural Studies.  In addition, they must submit the following by January 15th:

  1. B.A. or M.A. degree from a recognized institution in a suitable area of study;
  2. An official on-line graduate application, and three letters of recommendation;

  3. One official copy of any transcript from any undergraduate college or university attended, from which a degree was conferred. Applicants must submit one official copy of any transcript relating to any graduate level work undertaken,regardless of whether or not a degree was earned(If transcripts are in a foreign language, authoritative English translations are required in addition to the original documents. See Academic FAQs under Transcripts for a list of acceptable translation services.)
  4. For international students, proficiency in English as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer); OR an IELTS total score of 6.5. In order to teach, any graduate student whose native language is not English must score 55 or above on the TSE or SPEAK test OR obtain a score of 7.0 or better in the speaking component of the IELTS test. The website for ETS (TOEFL & GRE) is;

  5. An appropriate score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)                                                                     

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  6. Two term papers or other writing samples (20-25 pages) in literature, cultural studies, or women's and gender studies (or a related field), depending on the track applied for.

  7. An application fee of $100.00.

In addition to your online application and uploaded documents, please send original transcripts to:

Stony Brook State University of New York

Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Humanities Building - Room 1148

Stony Brook, NY 11794-5355


Tuition and Financial Support

As of Fall 2014, the tuition rates  for one academic year of study for a resident of New York State was $7,776 (9 credits) and  $10,370 (12 credits).  For non-residents the tuition for one academic year of study was $15,138 (9 credits) and $20,190 (12 credits).

Any applicant admitted to Graduate Studies in to the Cultural Analysis and Theory department is automatically considered for financial aid. A limited number of full and partial teaching assistantships are available.

During the academic year 2016-17, a full assistantship carries a stipend of $19,360, plus a full Tuition Scholarship. Students with excellent grades and GRE scores are strongly urged to apply early in the fall semester prior to the year they plan to begin their studies so that the program can nominate them for special fellowships, such as the Graduate Council Fellowship, which carries a stipend of $23,395 in years 1 through 4, in the 5th year a stipend of $25,000 with no teaching responsibilities, plus a full tuition scholarship. In addition, minority applicants are eligible to be nominated for the Turner Fellowship, which also carries a stipend $18,572 for the duration of five years, plus a full Tuition Scholarship.

All New York State resident graduate students who apply for a Tuition Scholarship must apply for TAP (Tuition Assistance Program). New York State residents who are ineligible for TAP for financial reasons must provide the Graduate School with documentation proving their ineligibility. Students from outside New York State should investigate other sources of financial aid. All students with Tuition Scholarship of any kind must apply for New York residency immediately on arrival at Stony Brook. Beginning with the student's second semester of study, Tuition Scholarship cover only the amount of in-state tuition; students who choose to maintain residency in another state are required to make up the difference from their own funds.


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