Graduate Study at Stony Brook

The Graduate School offers ad­vanced degree programs in many fields leading to the master's and doctoral degrees. Stony Brook's advanced graduate programs are internationally recognized and consistently receive exceptionally high ratings from external evaluation agencies and scholarly studies. The graduate programs at Stony Brook are among the best in the nation. Stony Brook ranks in the top three of the nation's public research universities and is among the top 25 institutions funded by the National Science Foundation. Award-winning faculty of international stature, in close collaboration with graduate students, conduct their scholarly inquiry using state-of-the-art laboratories, extensive library facilities, and ad­vanced computing equipment. Unique opportunities are available for students to participate in frontier research sponsored by federal agencies, private foundations, and industry. Students in the humanities, arts, and social scien­ces will also find exciting opportunities to work with scholars and artists who are world leaders in their respective areas.

Graduate study is offered in more than 40 different degree program areas as well as in the five schools of the Health Sci­ences Center and the School of Professional Development. For a full listing of graduate programs of study, consult the 2008-2010 Graduate Bulletin, available from the Graduate School, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433; (631) 632-7040, or on the Web at Address any inquiries concerning graduate admission, financial aid, scholarships, or fellowships to the specific program.

The School of Professional Develop­ment  (SPD) offers several options for part-time graduate study leading to master's degrees or advanced graduate certificates.

Most SPD students are working adults.  To accommodate their needs, SPD schedules courses in a variety of convenient formats. Depending on their program, students may choose to take courses online, in the evening, on weekends, or at off-campus extension sites.

SPD offers nine master's degrees, including the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA/LS), and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS). Both the MA/LS and the MPS have fully online options. In addition, SPD also offers 11 advanced graduate certificates in areas related to industry (e.g., Human Resource Management and Environmental Management) and education (e.g., Coaching and Educational Computing). For licensed teachers, there is a post-graduate advanced certificate in Educational Leadership, which is offered on-campus and fully online.

There is also a non-matriculating option for those who have earned their bachelor's degrees, but are not currently seeking entrance into a graduate program. This option is useful for students who may want to take graduate courses without the commitment of a degree program, or who need to take additional undergraduate courses to prepare for graduate study.

For complete details, visit SPD on the web at or contact the SPD Admissions and Advisement Office. The office is located at N-201 Ward Melville Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310; telephone (631) 632-7050 (option 3); fax (631) 632-4992.

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