Graduate Admissions Information - MA
The MA in Political Science only offers Fall Admission. The MA in Public Policy offers both Fall and Spring Admission.
MA in Political Science (Fall Admission Only)
- International Applicants: May 15
- Domestic Applicants (Early Consideration): May 15
- Domestic Applicants (Rolling Admission): July 1
MA in Public Policy (Fall and Spring Admission)
- Fall Admission, International Applicants: May 15
- Fall Admission, Domestic Applicants: July 1
- Spring Admission, International Applicants: October 15
- Spring Admission, Domestic Applicants: December 15
A complete application consists of the following documentation:
- Stony Brook University online application including statement of purpose.
- Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree.
- Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be academic, but consideration will also be given to non-academic letters. Letters must be uploaded online by the recommender using the link which will be sent via email.
- Transcripts should be uploaded as part of your application. In addition to the upload, two official transcripts from each institution you’ve attended (even if a degree was not issued) should be submitted to the department. Applicants are urged to send Electronic versions of official transcript if available to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve previously attend Stony Brook University, you will not be required to send an official SBU transcript, but are required to upload an unofficial version of the SBU transcript for review purposes.
- TOEFL scores reported directly to Stony Brook (
- Proof of Permanent Residency is required for students who declare themselves as Permanent Residents
- Application fee of $100 (credit Card).
Completed applications are reviewed by the committee on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All application materials are due by the posted deadline.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose should sufficiently describe your reasons for applying to the Master's program in Political Science program at Stony Brook University. Your statement should address:
- Research Interests
- Background in Political Science
- Career plans
- Additional interests or information that can assist the admissions committee in evaluating your application.
The Statement of Purpose should not exceed two double spaced pages (approx. 500 words).
TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo.
These scores are required for applicants who declare a language other than English as their native language. The Graduate School will not accept any test scores that are more than 2 years old based on the application deadline date. For example, TOEFL exams taken prior to September 2016 will not be accepted for Fall 2018 applications.
The department of Political Science does not waive language score requirements.
IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6
TOEFL: 80 for Master's level; 90 for admission to a doctoral program and to be eligible for consideration for TA/GA support
There are no exceptions for these minimum score requirements.
Completing the Application
Frequently Asked Questions
Your letter writers should submit their letters by the posted deadline. Applications with missing letters of recommendations will still be reviewed by the committee for consideration. While recommenders may upload outstanding letters after the deadline , there's no guarantee they will be read by the committee.
Att: Carri Ann Horner
Stony Brook University
S707 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392
Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:
If you have uploaded your transcripts, but we have not received the official mailed versions, your status will show it as either “missing” or “received unofficial.” The system will not show the status of your application as “complete” however your file can still be reviewed.
Test scores usually take longer as they enter a central database before being manually applied to applications.