Applying to the Marine Conservation and Policy Program
Who should apply?
Students with a B.A. or B.S. in a natural science field, economics, mathematics or
journalism are encouraged to apply. Students could be admitted with degrees in any
field provided they have the qualifications listed below.
What are the qualifications for admission?
- Minimum 3.00 G.P.A in undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate coursework.
- One semester of college level biology, and three additional semester courses in college
level math or science.
The general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required.
What is the deadline for applications?
Review of applications for Fall admission into the MCP Program will begin on January
15. Applications received after this date will be reviewed and accepted on a space
How to Apply
1. Fill out the
online application to the Stony Brook University Graduate School.
2. Prepare your personal statement. Tell us why you want to earn a Master of Arts
in Marine Conservation and Policy at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
at Stony Brook University. How would your time in our program help to get you from
your previous experiences to where you hope to be in 5 years? Describe how any prior
experiences (such as internships, advocacy, education [your own and/or teaching others],
and research has prepared you for graduate school or your intended career path. Additionally,
tell us about other life experiences that have prepared you for graduate work by building
transferable skills (such as writing, project management, web design, social media,
budgeting, work ethic, ability to work in a team, ability to work independently, etc.).
Describe what about the field of Marine Conservation and Policy most interests you
and what area in this broad field you would like to focus on during your graduate
studies. Our program embraces and supports diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI);
please describe if and how your experiences and goals are connected to DEI. Finally,
tell us anything else you would like the Admissions Committee to know in evaluating
your application. Aim to be concise; an effective personal statement is usually less
than two pages.
Please note that you will be prompted to upload your personal statement from the 'checklist'
page that will appear after you have submitted your application (and paid the application
fee) in Slate.
3. Identify three (3) people to provide letters of reference, and make sure they submit
them when prompted by Apply Yourself.
4. Arrange to have one (1) official transcript mailed to
Educational Programs Office
Endeavour Hall, Room 107
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000
*Please note that item 4 applies to all transcripts other than Stony Brook University
transcripts. Transcripts from Stony Brook University do not need to be mailed.
Still have questions?
Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.