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Admissions Requirements

For admission to graduate study, the following are required:

  • Personal statement.

    Please attach a personal statement of 750 – 1000 words that is a reflection of your ability to approach graduate-level work successfully, using creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research. Your statement should address the following:

          • What is your purpose in pursuing this degree/certificate?
          • How have you prepared yourself for this field of study?
          • Specifically, how will this 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.

    Your personal statement must be your own original work.  

  • Resume.
  • An   official transcript  indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree (minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average). To ensure your application materials are complete and ready for processing, applicants should order their degree-bearing transcript* to be sent upon submission of the electronic application. 

    *Applicants who have earned the required degree at Stony Brook University do not need to order/send transcripts as they can be accessed internally.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Conditional Admission

Under certain circumstances, promising candidates who lack the required academic preparation may be considered for conditional admission. » Conditional Admissions Policy

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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.  When applying, you will be asked to select either the "Fully Online" or the "Face-to-face + online" option.
  • Students who take any courses on campus will also be required to send Student Health Service a 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: 

Elisa Scott, Liberal Studies Program Director
School of Professional Development (SPD)
Office of Records and Admissions
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434

*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.

Domestic Students:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer I: April 15
  • Summer II: May 15

International Students:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

Human Services Cohort Students Only:

Fall: June 15
Spring I: October 15
Spring II: January 1

 

 

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Contact Information

School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Email: spd_liberalstudies@stonybrook.edu
Tel. (631) 632-7050

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