Students with bachelor’s degrees can apply directly to the M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. programs.
Students with M.S. degrees can also apply to the Ph.D. program, but an M.S. is not
required for entry to the Ph.D. program.
Students with backgrounds in math and the sciences, particularly those with strong
quantitative backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. We help students apply the tools
of math and science to solve complex environmental issues.
Qualifications for Admission
- Completion of a B.A. or B.S. with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (a B)
- International students without English as their native language must have acceptable
scores on the TOEFL (paper: 600, computer: 230, iBT: 90) or IELTS (6.5).
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however, we will accept and
consider scores for applicants who feel it strengthens their application.
M.A. in Marine Conservation Policy
- At least 4 semesters of college courses in math or science, including at least one
course in biology.
M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine, Atmospheric, and Sustainability Sciences
- A B.A. or B.S. degree in a discipline related to the intended field of study, or coursework
equivalent to such a degree.
- At least 8 semesters total of some combination of introductory coursework in mathematics,
biology, chemistry, geology, physics, sustainability, and/or related disciplines,
with more advanced coursework in at least one of these disciplines.
Admission Application Deadlines
To ensure full consideration for scholarships and fellowships, applications should
be received by December 15th for the Fall semester. Applications received before January 5th will still be reviewed but full consideration for financial assistance is not guaranteed.
Applicants will be notified via e-mail when all required documents have been received.
Financial support is generally only available for students beginning study in the
- Fill out the online application to the Stony Brook University Graduate School.
- Prepare your personal statement.Tell us why you want to earn a graduate degree (MS
or PhD) in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. How would your time in our program help
to get you from your previous experiences to where you hope to be in 10 years? If
relevant, describe how any prior research experience has prepared you for graduate
school. Additionally, tell us about other life experiences that have prepared you
for graduate work by building transferable skills (e.g., project management, coding,
budgeting, work ethic, ability to work in a team, ability to work independently, etc.).
Describe your research interests as specifically as you can, including which SoMAS faculty you would like to work with to pursue those interests. Although contact with potential advisors is not required before applying, it is very strongly encouraged. 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 often 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.
- Identify 3 people to provide letters of reference, and make sure they submit them
when prompted by Slate.
- Have ETS send Stony Brook University your official Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
scores (Stony Brook’s code for score reporting is 2548). International students must
submit your TOEFL/IELTS scores to Stony Brook (code 2548).
- Arrange to have one official transcript from each universityattended sent electronically or mailed to:
Educational Programs Office
Endeavour Hall, Room 107
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000
* Note: Item 4 applies to all transcripts other than Stony Brook University transcripts.
SBU transcripts do not need to be mailed in. Also, the School of Marine and Atmospheric
Sciences does not require supplemental information from applicants.
For additional information on graduate programs, please contact:
Director of Graduate Programs
Jackie Collier | email@example.com
Faculty Director of the M.A. Program in Marine Conservation and Policy
Ellen Pikitch | firstname.lastname@example.org | 631-632-9599
Graduate Programs Assistant, for questions regarding application status or process
Christina Fink | Christina.Fink@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-8680
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