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Application Information for the Master of Arts Degree and Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs

For admission to graduate study, the following are required:

  1. Personal Statement. Please attach a personal statement of 750-1000 words that is your own original work and addresses the following:  
    • What is your purpose in pursuing a Master of Arts or Advanced Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration (HEA)?
    • Why do you wish to be a part of the HEA program at Stony Brook University?
    • How have you prepared yourself for a career in higher education? (Include any relevant undergraduate, graduate, or professional experience.)
    • Specifically, how will the HEA degree/certificate assist you in advancing both your professional and personal goals?
    • Describe your research and study interests and any other aspects of your background, skills, or qualifications that would aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.
    • If you have earned less than the 3.0 minimum GPA and are seeking conditional admission, please address your prior academic performance.
  2. Essay. Please attach an essay of 750-1000 words that is your own original work and addresses the following question: What are three critical issues facing colleges and universities today? Your essay should reflect high quality writing skills and demonstrate your ability to pursue graduate-level work. The Admissions Committee will review your essay on the basis of content, sentence structure, organization, critical thinking and analysis. You may consult and include outside resources in your essay, but if you do, you must include citations in the text in APA format as well as a reference page with the author's name, year of publication and title of publication. 
  3. Resume. Upload a resume that includes degree(s) awarded, employment history, and past/current leadership, volunteer, or other relevant involvement and experience.
  4. Official transcript. Transcript must indicate conferral of a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be from teachers or professors with whom you have studied. Letters from professionals in fields of work related to the area of specialty you wish to pursue are also appropriate.
  6. In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be requested.

International Students/Language Requirements
There are additional requirements for international applicants or those for whom English is not their primary language. » View details.

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How to Apply

Applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, any other required materials and a nonrefundable $100 application fee are submitted online through Apply Yourself.

  • Students who take any courses on campus will also be required to send Student Health Servicea completed  immunization/meningitis form, which must be received before the first day of their first on-campus term. Visit  Student Health Service website  for more information.
  • Transcripts and any other supporting materials not included in your electronic application can be sent to: 

Samantha Lodato
Higher Education Administration Program
Stony Brook University
222D Student Activities Center
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2800

*Please do not send any SPD application materials to the Graduate School

Application Deadlines

All application materials  (including official transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be received before the deadline date to be considered for admission for the given term. If an applicant's package is missing materials on the deadline date, the application will be held for processing for the next admissions cycle.

  • For Spring 2019  admission, the application deadline is  January 1.
  • For Summer/Fall 2019 admission, the application deadline is  March 15 .
Admissions Decisions

Once all required application materials are received, the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant's complete file. Decisions are communicated via email from the School of Professional Development to the applicant.

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Contact Information

Samantha Lodato
Higher Education Administration Program
Stony Brook University
222D Student Activities Center
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2800
Tel. (631) 632-7378

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