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 are not open to walk-in
, 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 documentation.
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
Will there be face-to-face courses?
While the majority of our courses are offered online, certain programs are scheduling
courses on-campus. Please review the
course schedules and if you have any questions about scheduling modalities, please contact your program
Have the grading policies been altered as a result of COVID?
SPD’s grading policy remains unchanged. We will not be shifting to G/P/NC, S/U or
P/F grading in courses that carry a letter grade. If you are unclear about grading,
please consult your instructor.
In rare circumstances, graduate non-matriculated students enrolled in Fall 2020 undergraduate
courses may petition (contact
) for an exception to this policy.
Very careful consideration should be given to making this request as o
nce the option is selected, the G/P/N/C grade cannot revert back to a letter grade.
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.
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
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 Spring 2021 term until you provide us with an official copy of your transcript.
What English language proficiency tests are you currently accepting for 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, 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 a commencement ceremony take place this December?
We will have information posted about the December celebration soon.
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