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Higher Education Administration Admissions

Programs of Study

All students must be matriculated into one of the Higher Education Administration (HEA) programs to take classes. There are four program options on the application to select from:

  1. Face-to-face Master of Arts degree: select this option if you wish to enroll in the Master of Arts degree and plan to enroll in most or all face-to-face courses; online courses may also be taken.

  2. Online Master of Arts degree: select this option if you wish to enroll in the Master of Arts degree and will ONLY enroll in online courses.

  3. Face-to-face Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC): select this option if you wish to enroll in the Advanced Graduate Certificate program and plan to enroll in most or all face-to-face courses; online courses may also be taken.
  4. Online Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC): select this option if you wish to enroll in the certificate and will ONLY enroll in online courses.

 

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Required Application Materials

The HEA Admissions Committee considers the following required materials from each applicant for admission to the Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) or Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration: personal statement, essay, resume, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.   Transcripts are required for undergraduate level work.  Transcripts are optional for any prior or current graduate level work, unless requested by the HEA Admissions Committee.   We do not require GRE scores for admission. 

To ensure your application materials are complete and ready for processing, applicants should order their degree-bearing undergraduate transcript to be sent to the HEA program as soon as possible.  Applicants who have earned their undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University do not need to order/send transcripts as they can be accessed internally.  Applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program must submit a current official transcript, and are required to submit a final transcript showing completion of the bachelor's degree before starting the HEA program at Stony Brook.

The HEA Admissions Committee does a holistic review of each application.  The committee seeks applicants who have earned at least a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, but will consider applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA.  The committee considers the rigor and GPA trend of prior coursework, any post-undergraduate coursework, years of experience in higher education, quality of writing of the personal statement and essay, and strength of the letters of recommendation.  In some cases, the HEA Admissions Committee will offer candidates conditional admission, which allows the admitted student to enroll in up to two classes in the HEA program.  The student is required to earn at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the two classes in order to continue in the HEA program.  

Application Deadlines

SPD accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applications submitted by the deadline date will be granted priority review. Completed application packages received after this date will be accommodated as space permits.

The HEA program offers admission for the fall, spring, and summer terms.  We recommend you apply as soon as possible since early applicants who are admitted have earlier access to register for classes.

  • Applicants who wish to begin classes in spring should apply for spring 2020 admission.  The application deadline, including receipt of official transcripts and two letters of recommendation, for the online and face-to-face program options is January 1, 2020. Applicants interested in the face-to-face program and seeking a graduate employment opportunity at Stony Brook should apply by October 15, 2019.
  • Applicants who wish to begin classes in summer should apply for summer 2020 admission.  The application deadline, including receipt of official transcripts and two letters of recommendation, for the online and face-to-face program options is April 15, 2020.   Applicants interested in the face-to-face program and seeking a graduate employment opportunity at Stony Brook should apply by March 1, 2020.
  • Applicants who wish to begin classes in fall should apply for fall 2020 admission.  The application deadline, including receipt of official transcripts and two letters of recommendation, for the online and face-to-face program options is July 15, 2020.   Applicants interested in the face-to-face program and seeking a graduate employment opportunity at Stony Brook should apply by March 1, 2020.
Admissions Decisions

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the HEA Admissions Committee.  Decisions are communicated via e-mail to applicants, typically within two weeks of receiving a completed application.  

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