Frequently Asked Questions for SPD Students
The following FAQs relate to the School of Professional Development’s operations only.
For complete information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, including
the most up-to-date communications and resources, please visit the
University’s Coronavirus Information website.
Is the School of Professional Development open?
The School of Professional Development’s on-campus offices will be closed in accordance
with the New York State
Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone
Executive Order, but we are still here to help you. Our staff is available on weekdays
from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm to respond to emails, return phone calls, and process necessary
How can I get in touch with SPD staff?
To ensure the fastest response and assistance with general inquiries, e-mail is best.
Please contact the SPD team by emailing
If you would like to speak directly with us via telephone, be sure to include your
telephone contact information so that we can return your call.
If you are a Stony Brook student, be sure to include your SOLAR ID# and the name of
your program in your email.
I need to pick up or drop off a form for approval and processing. How do I do that?
Almost every form you need is available online:
Please return all forms via email to the address noted on the form. Forms requiring
multiple signatures should include the required individuals or departments in the
CC line of the email.
CLASSES/ACADEMICS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
I am currently taking a course that meets on campus. What do I need to know?
On-campus classes will not be meeting for the rest of the Spring term. Instead, students
will finish their courses online via Blackboard. Online instruction will begin on
Monday, March 30; your instructor will post a revised syllabus no later than Friday,
March 27. The Spring term will officially end on May 20.
I am already an online student. Will anything change for me?
No. Your courses will continue as scheduled. The online term ends on April 5.
I'm a student in an Off-Campus Cohort. Are my classes still running?
Yes. All in-person courses are now being offered in an online format. You should have
received information from your program director regarding scheduling and format changes
but if you have questions, please be in contact with your instructors or graduate
program directors for more information. In addition, SPD maintains a website for
students, which you should refer to for more information.
I heard that some of the courses maybe be switched to pass/fail. Is that true?
No. SPD’s grading policy remains unchanged. We will
be shifting to S/U or P/F grading in any SPD course that carries a letter grade.
Currently, the only SPD courses that are use S/U or P/F grades are field placement
and observation classes.)
If you have any questions about grading, contact your instructor.
SPD's Grading System can be found beginning on page 36 of the
SPD Bulletin. Here is the relevant excerpt as it relates to approved grades:
The following grading system will be used for graduate students: A (4.0), A- (3.67),
B+ (3.33), B (3.00), B- (2.67), C+ (2.33), C (2.00), C-(1.67), F (0.00). Graded/Pass/No
Credit (G/P/NC) and grades of D are not approved grades for graduate students.
Will the time to complete a degree program be extended for all graduate students?
SPD students are allowed up to 3 years from the initial admit term to complete the requirements
for an advanced graduate certificate and up to 5 years to complete a master's or post-master's
program. If students are concerned about missing deadlines, they are encouraged to
discuss the circumstances preventing them from completing their course or program
requirements with their instructors and/or Graduate Program Directors to see what
options may be available to them.
Will SPD be running the academic probation/dismissal report for the Spring 2020 semester?
Yes. The Registrar's Academic Standing report will be run at the end of the term as
scheduled and students who are in academic jeopardy will be notified.
Students must monitor their
email accounts for important messages from their Graduate Program Director and/or
the University regarding their academic standing or any other University-related matters.
Students are also encouraged to be proactive and review their unofficial transcripts
on SOLAR every semester. If they have any concerns about their academic standing,
they should contact their Graduate Program Director to discuss.
I am applying to become an SPD graduate student. How do I get my transcripts to SPD?
Please have your transcripts sent electronically from the issuing institution to
For Summer or Fall 2020 admissions only:
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 2020 term until you provide us with an official copy of your transcript.
What English language proficiency tests are you accepting for 2020 admissions?
We are currently accepting TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo. More information on English
language proficiency and scoring requirements can be found in the
I am unable to take the GRE exam and/or GMAT, etc which is required for my program.
What do I do?
Please contact your program of interest to request a possible waiver of this requirement.
Your program will then notify SPD.
Is the non-credit workshop or course I registered for still happening?
Yes, but it will either be offered online instead of in-person, or they will be rescheduled
for the summer. We will notify all registrants of any schedule or format changes
in addition to updating our website.
Will the commencement ceremony take place this May?
While we cannot have an in-person celebration, we will be recognizing every graduate in
a video presentation, which will be available on May 20 at 6 pm.
Watch the video
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