Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Application to the School of Professional Development
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 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
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.
SPD applicants seeking admission to matriculated programs require an application, personal statement, application fee, and official transcripts showing the conferral of your undergraduate degree. Additional items such as letters of recommendation, academic test scores, etc. may also be required. Please check your program’s application requirements on the Program page of the SPD website .
Applicants seeking graduate non-matriculated student status need to submit an application, copy of undergraduate transcript showing the conferral of the bachelor's degree and the non-refundable application fee.
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 SPD@stonybrook.edu 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.
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.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
No. The GRE general test is required of the following applicants:
- Master of Arts in Teaching:
- Foreign Languages
- Earth Science
- Social Studies
Entrance examination requirement: include scores from one of the following examinations: GRE (general exam results); GMAT, Miller's Analogies, or the Educating All Students (EAS) Test. For the GRE, arrange to have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE score reports to Stony Brook University (School code: 2420). For the EAS Test, the school code is "SUNY at Stony Brook 800." Official score reports for the Miller Analogies Test and GMAT may be mailed to “Graduate Program Coordinator – Educational Leadership, N241 Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310 (Include the last 4 digits).
No. Please request that ETS send official score reports to Stony Brook University (School code: 2548) in order for your application to be reviewed.
IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6
- 85 for Masters level
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
For all questions regarding financial aid, please refer to Stony Brook’s Office of Financial Services website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/cost/graduate.shtml
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.
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