Stony Brook University's Higher Education Administration program admits all students
who have the talent and dedication necessary to become leaders.
Our HEA Admissions Committee welcomes applications from emerging and established professionals, as well as new graduates. HEA does not require
standardized tests or specific undergraduate preparation for admission. Instead, by performing a holistic review of all submitted materials, the Committee develops a deeper understanding of each applicant's unique qualities,
aspirations and potential to succeed. This process culiminates in an admitted student
cohort that brings together people with diverse experiences and backgrounds who will
enrich our community and advance our field.
Admission is open to all qualified applicants, regardless of undergraduate major. The
following criteria are required for admissions consideration, for both full and part-time
Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or a foreign
equivalent. This degree can be in any subject.
A minimum 3.0 grade point average in prior academic work. In exceptional cases, a GPA below 3.0 will be considered for "conditional admission"
to the School of Professional Development. 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. Conditionally admitted students must achieve a
3.0 GPA after 6 credits of graduate work to continue in the program.
For applicants whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than
English: English language proficiency. Refer to Application Requirements for details.
For international students: F1 Visa. Required only for those international students who have been accepted into the program.
All applicants must submit the following through our online application system by the deadline dates listed below for priority review. Incomplete applications will
not be considered.
Official Transcript: Sent By Your Undergraduate Institution
While we will review applications and make admissions decisions using your unofficial
transcript, we will need your official transcript so you can matriculate and enroll. Our How to Submit Your Official Transcripts page will explain how to order your transcripts from your previous institution.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program should submit
a current official transcript.
Stony Brook Alumni
If you earned your bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University, you only need to
submit your unofficial transcript, not your official transcript.
Applicants are required to submit an updated resume and a personal statement in the
The statement should be an original work of 750-1,000 words in which you answer the
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 HEA Admissions Committee in evaluating
your motivation for graduate study.
If there is an academic performance or other weakness in your application that you
wish to address, please include this in your personal statement so that the HEA Admissions
Committee can make an informed decision.
Applicants will upload an original essay of 750-1000 words that 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 HEA 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.
Letters should be from employers, colleagues, teachers, or professors with whom you
have worked or studied that can speak to your experience and interest in pursuing
studies in Higher Education Administration. Submit the names and email addresses of
the recommenders on your application and they will be contacted. Do not collect paper
or digital letters as there is no way for you to upload them into the application
Upload a resume that includes degree(s) earned, employment history, and past/current
leadership, volunteer, or other relevant involvement and experience.
Applicants whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English
must also submit one of the following:
A TOEFL internet-based score of 80 or above. TOEFL iBT® Home Edition test scores
An IELTS test with an overall score of 6.5 or above, with no sub-scores below 6.0
Official scores are required to have an application reviewed for possible admission.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum test scores will not be considered.
Please instruct ETS to send the official score reports electronically to the State
University of New York at Stony Brook, code 2548. www.ets.org/toefl
$100 fee, payable online by credit card (non-refundable).
Going to graduate school is a big commitment, so make sure you're fully informed.
Attend one of our information sessions to meet the program and admissions directors
and learn more about our program options, online learning, campus job opportunities,
the admissions process and more.
While we will always accept and review applications, those submitted by the dates
listed at right will be granted review for the corresponding term. Completed application
packages received after this date will be accommodated as space permits.
If an applicant's package is missing materials and cannot be reviewed for the selected
term, the application will be held for processing for the next admissions cycle.
This program admits domestic students three times per year – Fall, Spring and Summer.
Summer: May 1
Fall: August 8
Spring: December 1
This program admits international students two times per year – Fall and Spring.
Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1
Have More Questions?
We are happy to help! You can chat with our live representatives for quick questions during our extended business hours, read through the School of
Professional Development's frequently asked admissions questions for deeper dives, or email an HEA advisor with specific questions about your application.