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No, our programs do not require either the GRE General Test or the subject GRE for admissions.
In fact, to ensure fairness in our application review process, we do not accept general GRE scores as part of your application. Even if you have taken these exams, please do not include your scores on your CV or supplementary materials.
Yes, all applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL.
We do not require supplemental materials. To complete your application, you need to submit a CV, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and all transcripts listed on your application. If English is not your primary language, TOEFL scores are required, as well, for international and domestic applicants.
No, we will request official transcripts if an offer is extended. It's important that your application file is electronically complete. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for review purposes.
It is to your advantage to have your application file completely on-line. It's easier to review your file. If for some reason you absolutely must mail your transcripts and letters of recommendation, please mail to:
Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500
In most cases the decision will be clear once you have read about the faculty research interests in Integrative Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social and Health Psychology.
We find it helpful when applicants include several or all the following in their personal statements:
- A clear statement of your general research interests, and how they relate to a particular faculty member’s work or lab
- A statement about your general career goals, and how they relate to the objectives of Stony Brook University’s clinical psychology program.
- Discussions of your independent research experience(s) and what you learned from them. In these discussions, We suggest emphasizing (1) the skills you developed from working on each project, and (2) what your “takeaways” were from the project—e.g., new research ideas or questions your work inspired.
- Descriptions of significant leadership and/or service-related experiences that have shaped your interests and career goals. (Note that “leadership experiences” may occur in or outside the context of research training or university experiences!)
- If relevant, a summary of how principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and/or life experiences, have shaped your research interests and career goals.
Although there is not a word limit, it is advised to keep your Personal Statement concise (e.g., approximately two pages single spaced).
You need to apply again through the Graduate School on-line application SLATE system. Only GRE scores can be transferred.
Students will be notified of offers of admission by April 15. Notification is by email and is often preceded by a phone call or email from the faculty mentor. If you have not heard anything by early April, you may be on our waiting list -- please be patient! Rejection notices will be sent by email.
A limited number of your course credits may be transferred to our department. Decisions about credit transfer are made on an individual basis after an offer of admission is made.
Most courses are designed for full-time graduate students; however, with the advance permission of the instructor, sometimes a non-matriculated student is admitted to a psychology graduate course. In addition to contacting the instructor, you will need to contact the School of Professional Development at 632-7050 and fill out a part-time non-matriculated application.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Lauren Addeo, Graduate Program Coordinator