Changes since Fall 2008 in red
Admission to Graduate Study
ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDY Changes since Fall 2008 in red
Requirements for Admission An offer of admission to graduate for admission to a doctoral program and
study at Stony Brook is for a specific to be eligible for consideration for
Admission to the Graduate School
semester. An applicant who is accepted TA/GA support, although candidates
requires that the applicant have the
to a program and is unable to enroll for with lower scores may be considered in
preparation and ability that—in the
the semester specified should request a special circumstances.
judgment of the program and the
deferment of admission from the primary All doctoral students and master’s
Graduate School—are sufficient to
department or program. If the request is students who are awarded a teaching
enable satisfactory progress in the
granted, the student will be sent a new assistantship will be exempt from ESL
degree program. A U.S. bachelor’s
offer of admission for the subsequent courses with a TSE of 55, an IELTS
degree or the equivalent is required (for speak subscore of 7, or an iBT speak
example, a four-year/120-credit-hour semester and the Graduate School will be
notified accordingly. Students who do subscore of 28. All other doctoral and
accredited program) with a minimum TA/GA students will be required to
overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 not enroll within 12 months of the
original offer of admission must submit take the SPEAK test on arrival. The
scale; the student must present evidence TSE and TOEFL iBT are administered
that such a degree will be awarded by a new application and fee. International
students must submit a new “Request at centers throughout the world several
the time graduate work is to begin. times each year; applicants should for-
Application for admission to the for Certificate of Eligibility and
Declaration and Certification of ward their scores directly to the
Graduate School is made to a specific Graduate School (the Stony Brook code
program for a designated degree. Finances” form to request an updated
is 2548). The SPEAK test is adminis-
Additional admission requirements Form I-20 or IAP-66 valid for the updat-
tered at Stony Brook University during
are listed in each program’s section of ed semester of admission. Unused Forms
Orientation for all students who have
this publication. To be considered for I-20 or IAP-66 must first be returned.
not taken these particular language
admission, all students must submit proficiency exams. Further information
Graduate Record Examination
a complete application online as well as is available by contacting the Education
the following documentation to the The GRE General Test is required of all
Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey
graduate program: prospective graduate students. Several
08540, USA, or at www.toefl.org.
programs also require an Advanced
• Two official copies of all previous Students who take the International
Area Test. Please refer to the admission
transcripts for all colleges and univer- English Language Testing System
requirements of the specific program of
sities attended, including junior and (IELTS) tests instead of the TOEFL
interest. Applicants who have taken the
senior college and graduate transcripts GRE should request that Educational are not required to take the TSE. A
(if transcripts are in a foreign lan- Testing Service forward scores directly score of 7 will be considered passing.
guage, certified English translations to the Graduate School (the Stony Further information is available by
are required in addition to the original Brook code is 2548). Failure to submit visiting the IELTS Web site at
documents); GRE scores with the completed applica- www.ielts.org
• Three letters of recommendation; tion will prevent the review of student Performance in the IEC and on the
• Scores for the Graduate Record applications by the program. Photo- SPEAK test will determine whether a
Examination (GRE) General Test copies are not acceptable. student will be cleared or assigned to an
sent directly from ETS (photocopies To register for the GRE, please see ESL (English as a Second Language)
are not acceptable); the following Web site: www.ets.org course.
• Documented proficiency in English
for international students (see the English Proficiency Requirements for Health Records
English Proficiency Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English All accepted students are required by
Non-Native Speakers of English Students are expected to read, write, and New York State law to file a completed
below for details). speak English. They are also expected to health history and physical examination
comprehend the spoken language. with the Student Health Service.
To fill out an application, students Transfer students may submit copies of
must go to www.grad.sunysb.edu and Applicants whose first or primary lan-
guage is not English must demonstrate their health forms from their former
create an online account. A nonrefund- schools provided they contain the infor-
able application of $70 must be charged proficiency prior to matriculation. To be
considered for admission, an applicant mation required by the Student Health
via credit card when submitting the Service and are less than two years old.
must present a passing score for either
the TOEFL or IELTS tests. Students
who fail to meet this requirement cannot International Students
Early application is suggested for stu-
be admitted and must enroll in a course
dents seeking financial support. To at the Intensive English Center (IEC) Financial Verification
receive full consideration for admission and achieve satisfactory grades before Applicants who are not citizens or
with financial support, complete admis- admission to graduate study. Students permanent residents of the United
sion and financial aid applications should who have taken either of these tests States must provide the University
be filed by January 15 for the fall more than two years ago must retake with verification that the necessary
semester and October 1 for the spring the test. funds are available to finance their
semester. Admission decisions are made A minimum score of 550 (paper) or education at Stony Brook and for living
by programs. Late applications will be 213 (computer) is considered passing for expenses. The University form
accepted, but will be considered only by TOEFL. For the iBT (internet) the SUSB103R2 must be submitted for this
the programs where openings still exist. score is 80 for general admission and 90 purpose before immigration documents
Changes since Fall 2008 in red ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDY
will be sent to the admitted students. Transfer from Other Institutions year must be provided, including
(The form SUSB103R2 may also be A candidate for the master’s degree total cost of education and amount
downloaded at www.grad.sunysb.edu may petition to transfer a maximum of and types of financial aid received);
under the heading “International 12 graduate credits from another insti- • Currently enrolled undergraduate
Students.”) tution toward their master’s degree students in a U.S. institution who hold
requirements. These credits must be a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. A
I-20 Documentation current transcript is required for this
from an institution authorized to grant
Government regulations require that graduate degrees by recognized to be approved
every international student attend the accredited commissions and meet the • Students who have a fellowship/schol-
institution that issued the I-20 used for following guidelines: arship through McNair, Project 1000,
entry into the United States. Transfers • Credits must not have been used to SEEK, and AGEP.
between institutions may be possible if fulfill the requirements for either a
a student can show that he or she baccalaureate or another advanced To qualify, students must request a
reported to the original institution with degree or certificate. waiver from the program they are apply-
the appropriate clearance. • Credits must not be more than ing to when they apply for admission,
five years old at the time the student and should include any necessary
Non-Matriculated Status (GSP) is admitted to graduate study at documentation listed above. The
Any person holding a bachelor’s degree, Stony Brook. Courses older than five department will then make a formal
its equivalent, or an advanced degree years will be accepted only in rare request to the Graduate School using
from an accredited institution of higher circumstances. the “Waiver Requests Form” provided
learning is eligible to be considered for • A course listed as both graduate by the Graduate School.
admission to the University as a non- and/or undergraduate level will not be
matriculated graduate student. Such Readmission
considered for transfer.
students may enroll in graduate courses • Credits must carry the grades of A or Graduate students who have interrupted
through the School for Professional B. “Pass” or “Satisfactory” grades are their attendance at Stony Brook by
Development (SPD) as non-degree not transferable unless these grades withdrawing from the University or by
students after submitting a completed can be substantiated by the former taking a Leave of Absence must be
application form to SPD. Contact SPD institution as B (3.0) or better. readmitted to reactivate their graduate
for additional information at (631) 632- • Grades earned in transferred courses career. The student initiates the
7050 or at http://ws.cc.sunysb.edu/spd/. are not counted as part of the overall process by submitting a completed
Non-degree students who later wish to GPA at Stony Brook. “Readmission” form to their program.
pursue a graduate degree will need to • Work from one master’s degree is not The form can be downloaded at
make a formal application for admission transferable to a second one. www.gradsunysb.edu
to the Graduate School and a degree • Students returning from a currently
program and may transfer a maximum Transfer Between Primary and approved Leave of Absence are gen-
of 12 credits taken in non-matriculated Secondary Programs erally guaranteed readmission.
status to the graduate degree program. A maximum of 12 graduate credits from • Students not on an official Leave of
Stony Brook, which were earned in a Absence must pay a $500 readmission
Transfer of Credit primary program prior to a student fee.
A maximum of 12 credits may be trans- being accepted into a secondary pro- • International students must also sub-
ferred to a master’s program at Stony gram, can be applied to the secondary mit a new financial affidavit and be
Brook with the approval of the program program. Credits applied to the degree cleared by an international student
and the Graduate School provided that requirements of a primary program advisor before the readmission
they have not been used toward the cannot be applied toward the degree process can be concluded.
satisfaction of any degree require- requirements of a secondary program.
If the program approves the request,
ments here or at another institution. A the readmission form is submitted to
candidate for the doctoral degree may
Special Circumstances the Graduate School for final approval.
transfer those graduate credits that are The program or the Graduate School
allowed by the appropriate departmental Waiver of Application Fee may set specific requirements to be ful-
or program committee. All applicants are required to pay the filled by the readmitted student during
application fee. Exceptions include: the first year of their readmission.
Transfer from Non-Matriculated Status • Students who reapply for admission
Students transferring from non- within one academic year; Conditional Admission
matriculated status are limited to a • Students who are U.S. citizens and In exceptional cases where certain
maximum of 12 graduate credits for have current documentation from a admission requirements are not met or
master’s degrees. Students must be financial aid administrator of an the undergraduate preparation is inade-
formally matriculated into a degree appropriate college or university offi- quate, an applicant may be admitted
program before the petition to trans- cial substantiating that they are cur- conditionally. Such applicants will be
fer is submitted. All graduate courses rently enrolled and that the payment considered on probation during the first
completed in non-matriculated status of the application would create a semester. Program recommendation
will be counted as part of the total financial hardship (complete financial and Graduate School approval are
graduate grade point average (GPA). information for the current academic required for conditional admission.
ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDY Changes since Fall 2008 in red
• Students admitted conditionally for • G1: First-year master’s student. G1 between two departments or colleges.
a low cumulative GPA must earn an students must register for 12 credits Students are allowed to take a specified
overall graduate average of at least per semester. number of graduate credits that will
a B (3.0) during the first semester • G2: Advanced master’s student who count towards the undergraduate and
of enrollment to be permitted to has completed 24 or more graduate graduate requirements, subsequently
continue.In this case, the student is credits or a master’s degree in a closely reducing the total time for completion
considered to have achieved regular related graduate degree program at of the master’s degree. For more infor-
status. Stony Brook University are coded as mation, please contact the specific
• A student admitted conditionally G2. G2 students must register for nine department or program of interest.
because of a low cumulative GPA who credits per semester.
fails to earn a B (3.0) average in the • G3: First-year doctoral student. G3
first semester will not be permitted to students must register for 12 credits
reenroll. Both the student’s program per semester.
and the Graduate School may set • G4: Advanced doctoral student who has
conditions that the student must completed 24 or more graduate credits
satisfy during the early period of or a master’s degree in a closely related
graduate work. graduate degree program at Stony
Brook University are coded as G4. G4
Change of Graduate Program and/or students must register for nine credits
Academic Level per semester.
Should a student wish to change pro- • G5: Advanced graduate student
grams or academic levels following enrolled in a doctoral degree program
admission and matriculation, a “Change that has been advanced to candidacy
of Graduate Program and/or Academic for the doctoral degree by the tenth
Level” form must be submitted to the day of a semester or term. G5 students
Graduate School with original signatures must register for nine credits unless
by both prior and new department or instructed otherwise.
program chairs and advisors. The form
can be downloaded at www.grad. A G1 will be automatically converted to
sunysb.edu. In addition, international a G2 when the student has completed 24
students who seek to change their or more graduate credits at Stony
program must obtain approval of an Brook; a G3 will be automatically con-
international student advisor. verted to a G4 when the student has
completed 24 or more graduate credits
Secondary Program at Stony Brook; Incompletes are not
Should a student wish to add a sec- completed credits. The conversion of G4
ondary program to his or her primary to G5 is an administrative change that is
program of study, a “Permission to done by the program and the Graduate
Enroll in a Secondary Degree or School upon advancement to candidacy.
Certificate Program” form must be
submitted to the Graduate School with Part-Time Students
original signatures by both the primary Incoming part-time students admitted
and new department or program chairs. to the Graduate School will register
Final approval rests with the Graduate for no more than 11 credit hours
School. International students are per semester. Programs may, in consul-
required to obtain approval of an inter- tation with the Dean of the Graduate
national student advisor. School, regulate the proportion of
part-time students in their graduate
Academic Level program.
Part-time students are classified as
Full-Time Students G1, G2, G3, or G4 depending on the pro-
gram to which they have been admitted
Students admitted for full-time study to
and their previous graduate training.
the Graduate School will usually register
for either 12 or nine credit hours per • The academic level of a G1 or G3 stu-
semester based on their academic level. dent who has completed 24 credits of
Responsibility for certifying the full- coursework at Stony Brook is
time status of graduate students rests changed to G2 or G4, respectively.
with the Office of the Registrar.
Incoming full-time graduate students Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s
are classified as G1, G2, G3, or G4 Programs
depending on the program to which Five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs
they have been admitted and their pre- are available in several academic
vious graduate training. departments. Some are joint programs