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Spring 2023 Edition

Welcome to the Stony Brook University School of Professional Development (SPD) Bulletin Online, the official SPD Bulletin. The SPD Bulletin is updated on a regular basis. Historical versions are archived and available to review as document files.

The School of Professional Development (SPD) is home to Stony Brook University’s graduate programs in education, human resource management, liberal studies, and other credit and non-credit professional educational opportunities.

For general information about admission requirements, refer to the Admissions section. The Regulations section covers the policies all SPD graduate students are required to know.  For an overview of the various degree and certificates offered by SPD, please see the Degrees & Advanced Certificates section of the Bulletin. Finally, the Program sections will provide details on each SPD program.

Students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University’s regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in all official publications and calendars. This includes the SPD Bulletin, the Registrar’s Graduate School & SPD Academic Calendars and the University’s policies regarding Student Conduct and Community Standards.  

The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Contact University Police at (631) 632-6350. Visit the United States Department of Education Website for campus data statistics and search for Stony Brook.

SPD's Mission Statement

To provide high quality, research-based graduate programs at the master's and post-master's level that foster the application of "theory to practice" and provide students with a deeper understanding of current issues in their disciplines.

To continuously experiment in developing new programs, new delivery formats including asynchronous, synchronous and hybrid education, and new instructional models that enhance educational quality for all students at the University, in the region and across the country.

To serve as a source of expertise for the campus and community concerning K-12 education, distance education and professional development.

To revitalize the area’s workforce through education that helps stimulate business growth and strengthen its economic well-being.

To enable all members of the University community to increase their academic and professional knowledge as a way of constantly improving the University and its activities.