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
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
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.
Log back into your online ApplyYourself account to view the status of your application
and supporting documents. Specific questions may be directed to the Graduate Program
Coordinator of the
program to which you are applying.
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
If you are applying for admission into a graduate degree and certificate program,
you 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
Please check your specific program’s
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 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.
For Summer or Fall 2021 admissions, unofficial transcripts and degree verifications/diplomas
will be accepted for those students who are unable to obtain a copy of their official
transcript or degree verification. A one semester "hold" will be placed on your record
that will prevent you from enrolling after the Fall 2021 term until you provide us
with an official copy of your transcript. Electronic mailing of transcripts directly
from the institution to SPD is preferred, and can be sent to
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
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.
Educational systems that cannot be compared to the United States must be evaluated
by a US credentials evaluation service before admission can be finalized. We wil
accept translations from any of the accredited agencies, that can be viewed at
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
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.
In order to gain access to our recommendation forms, you must start an online application
account. Within your application, you can send emails directing your recommenders
to each submit a recommendation online.
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:
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
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
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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