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.
Fall 2020 Class Scheduling Update
Please note that the University is updating its Fall schedule to accommodate the safety
of our community and therefore has temporarily removed access to Fall registration
in SOLAR. The Registrar
anticipates this update will be completed by July 10. We will let everyone know once
the final schedule as been posted.
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
FALL 2020: Will there be face-to-face courses?
School of Professional Development has shifted most of its courses into an online
format for the Fall 2020 term. If you have any questions about scheduling modalities,
please contact your program staff.
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.
SPRING 2020: Will the time to complete a degree program be extended for all graduate
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 our graduates
in a video presentation, which will be available on May 20 at 6 pm.
Watch the video
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