Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Application to the School of Professional Development
All applications must be completed online. Please click the following link to get further instructions about required documents and to start an online application account.
No, the online application is interactive. You can create an account, save your answers, and return to your application as often as you like. Until you click the Submit button, you can change what you have saved.
Yes. Log into your application account and click on the update profile tab located at the top of the page. Your name, email address, date of birth and password will pop up for editing. Once you have finished making your changes, click the update button at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about the online interface system, please click the “Technical Support” link on the login page.
It depends. If you are not currently matriculated and are applying to two separate programs, then yes, you will need to submit two applications. Each application will be directed to only one graduate program, and all supporting materials must be submitted.
If you are already in a matriculated program, you can add a secondary degree or certificate program by submitting the appropriate permission form.
If you applied to a matriculated program within the last twelve months, please contact the graduate program to which you applied. In certain instances, they may reconsider your application. If you're applying to a new program, please create a new account and submit a new application online.
If you have applied as a Non-Matriculated Graduate Student in the past and it has been more than three consecutive full terms without enrollment (ex. Fall, Spring, Fall) then you will need to reapply by creating a new account and submitting a new application online.
Please see the Application Links page of the SPD website for Programs application deadlines. Please check with the Graduate Program Coordinator of the department to which you are applying to see if the program will accept applications after these dates.
A non-refundable application fee of $100 for matriculated programs, or $25 for non-matriculated student status will be charged for your application. Online applicants must pay by credit card. You will be given a prompt when submitting your application online to provide your credit card information.
For an overview of the process, please refer to our admissions timeline.
International students, that are in need of immigration documents in order to be eligible to study at Stony Brook, will be processed as a priority. Please keep in mind that incomplete processing packages and additional needed information, will extend this processing period.
Matriculated Student Applicants
If you are applying for admission into a graduate degree and certificate programs must submit:
- A personal statement.
- Official transcripts showing the conferral of your undergraduate degree.
Some programs may also require letters of recommendation, test scores, resumes, and/or interviews. Please check your specific program’s application requirements.
Non-matriculated Student Applicants
If you who wish to take courses at this time without working toward a degree or certificate, you need to submit an unofficial transcript when prompted in the online application. The transcript must indicate the conferral of your undergraduate degree.
Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically by your recommenders directly to your application using a link that will be provided to them upon your submitting their name and email within the application. Any items not submitted electronically should be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator for your program. Mailing addresses for individual programs can be found at the program's website.
Electronic transcripts should be sent to email@example.com directly from the issuing institution.
Electronic test scores should be sent to SUNY Center Stony Brook University Code 2548.
Yes. Applicants to matriculated programs must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. If the student attends a college that only gives Passes or Credits for the first year of study, then these grades will be evaluated as C for GPA admission purposes unless the student provides actual grades.
Applicants seeking non-matriculated graduate student status should have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale from their undergraduate career.
Official transcripts are valid when they are issued by the school you attended. They have an official seal/stamp and an official signature by an appropriate academic administrative officer. They are sealed by the university. Official electronic transcripts, sent by authorized delivery agents, are also accepted. Photocopied documents are NOT official. Final transcripts state that a degree has been conferred and provide the date of conferral.
Yes. Academic records from international universities that are not in English and based on a 4.0 scale must be accompanied by an official English translation. Academic records must be translated by an authoritative party. We will accept translations from any of the accredited agencies, that can be viewed at www.atanet.org or http://naces.org/ .
No. If your official transcript (or mark sheet) does not specifically state that a degree (or its equivalent) has been conferred, you will also need to submit an official (attested) diploma or an official certification of degree(s) awarded.
If you are in the process of completing a degree, please send an official transcript that shows your progress to this point. You will need to send a final, official transcript once your degree is conferred in order to be fully matriculated and eligible to enroll. Transcripts that do not show a degree awarded will not delay application processing, but failure to submit final documentation about conferral will result in a registration block.
Applicants are only required to submit transcripts from any undergraduate institutions attended from which a degree was earned. Applicants, however, must submit all transcripts relating to any graduate level work undertaken, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. Please note a department's graduate program admissions committee always reserves the right to request additional information.
No. While many international schools only issue one diploma, it is not true that they will only issue one transcript (mark sheet, generally with the degree posted). Stony Brook University will not review any student applications without original transcripts from a student's university. This is a State University of New York mandate, and no exceptions can be made.
Yes, although electronic submission is the preferred method. From your online application account you can download a paper recommendation form and give it to your recommender. Paper recommendations must be sent directly to the graduate program you are applying to in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the recommender.
In order to gain access to our recommendation forms, you must start an online application account. Within your application, you can either send emails directing your recommenders to each submit a recommendation online, or you may download a paper recommendation form and give it to your recommender. Paper recommendations must be sent directly to the graduate program you are applying to in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the recommender.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
The School of Professional Development does not have a minimum GRE requirement. You must contact the department to which you are applying to see if they have minimum GRE requirements for their admissions process.
No. The GRE general test is only required of applicants to the following programs:
Master of Arts in Teaching:
- Foreign Languages
- Earth Science
- Social Studies
For the GRE, arrange to have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE score reports to Stony Brook University (School code: 2548)
No. Please request that ETS send official score reports to Stony Brook University (School code: 2548) in order for your application to be reviewed.
If your native or primary language is not English, English proficiency must be established based on the results of your TOEFL or IELTS examinations.
IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6
TOEFL: 85 for Masters level
No, the School of Professional Development requires that students contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) and have them send official score reports directly to Stony Brook University. Our institution code is 2548.
Please schedule to take the exam in time for the School of Professional Development deadline for the semester to which you are applying. Be aware as well, that it takes time for ETS to send these scores to Stony Brook. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that he/she has taken the test and ordered the scores be sent to Stony Brook in time for admissions evaluation by the department. Any delay in the receipt of the TOEFL score will impede application evaluation and processing.
The School of Professional Development 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 January 2016 will not be accepted for Fall 2018 applications due on or about January 15, 2018.
Native or primary speakers of English have been raised or educated in an English-speaking environment. Native or primary speakers may speak a language other than English at home but speak English exclusively outside the home in social and/or educational contexts.
Please note: Intentional misrepresentation by a student regarding his or her native/primary language is academic dishonesty and grounds for dismissal from the University.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Please refer to our Costs and Funding page for current tuition rates and a link to Financial Aid Services.
Taking Graduate Courses Outside of a Degree Program
If you have a baccalaureate degree and are interested in taking graduate or undergraduate
courses at Stony Brook without working toward a degree, you may
for admission as a non-matriculated graduate (GSP) student. The School of Professional
Development represents the University's (West Campus) non-matriculated students.
The maximum number of graduate credits that one may earn as a non-matriculated graduate student (GSP) that may later be considered for any Stony Brook graduate degree is 12 For certificate programs, the maximum is 6.
Enrollment in a department's graduate courses does not entitle a GSP student to candidacy for a department's degrees. You must formally apply and be admitted to a degree and/or certificate program.
Information for Teachers
Yes. You can take graduate or undergraduate courses as long as they are open and available to non-matriculating students.
If you are a teacher with Stony Brook University graduate student status taking undergraduate credits for the purpose of seeking an additional certification, courses must be taken at the graduate level in order to earn credit so that the credits appear on your transcript and can be eligible for review by NYSED. Contact the Program Director/Department for the course in which you are interested in enrolling for advisement. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please email SPD_GraduationandCertification@stonybrook.edu for additional information. This does not apply to students with Graduate Non-Matriculated Student Status.
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