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Admissions Requirements

For admission to graduate study, the following are required:

  1. Personal statement. (Read the rubric for evaluating personal statement)
  2. Resume.
  3. 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 to their intended program 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.

    ** Undergraduate transcripts are required for application to Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) or Master's programs; and Graduate transcripts are required for applications to Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate programs
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  • Students who take courses on campus will also be required to submit an immunization form to Student Health Services. Visit the  Student Health Services 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

Application Deadlines

All materials must be submitted by the published deadlines. Applications submitted after these deadlines will be accepted on a space-available basis. If there is no space available for the requested term, applications will be considered for the following term. 

Domestic Students:

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

International Students:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

Human Services Cohort Students Only:

Fall: June 15
Spring I: October 15



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Contact Information

School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Tel. (631) 632-7050

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