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Admissions to M.A. and Ph.D. Programs 
How to Apply: 
The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  offers an MA and PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.   Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.   To be considered for admissions,  applicants must submit the following on or by January 15, 2022:

A completed graduate application  An admissions committee of three WGSS professors and one graduate student representative will review all applications submitted for admissions into the program.  

Transcripts.  Applicants must submit one *official copy of any transcripts from any undergraduate college or university attended from which a degree was conferred. Applicants must also submit one *official copy of any transcript relating to any graduate level work undertaken, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned.  (If transcripts are in a foreign language, authoritative English translations are required in addition to the original documents.) To be eligible for admission, M.A. and Ph.D. applicants must hold at least a B.A. degree from an accredited college or university.  * For our initial application review, you can upload unofficial copies of transcripts, and if /when admitted, official copies as outined above will be need to be submitted in order to fully matriculate into our program.  

Three letters of recommendation 

GRE's are NOT required

If your native or primary language is not English, English proficiency must be established based on the results of your TOEFL or IELTS examinations.

What are the minimum scores required for admission?

IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6

TOEFL iBT: 80 for Master's level; 90 for admission to a doctoral program and to be eligible for consideration for TA/GA support

Spoken English: All doctoral students and students with a TA/GA stipend whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of English-speaking proficiency and may be required to take OAE courses based on these measures. Proficiency is determined from the speak subsection score.  

For more information on TOEFL/IELTS scores, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

One writing sample of representative scholarly work 

A personal statement. Applicants should describe their research interests and explain why they are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary graduate work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook. 

$100 application fee 

If admitted, please remember to send final, official transcripts to:

Stony Brook University
Office of Graduate and Health Sciences Admissions
Health Sciences Tower, Level 2 – Rm. 271
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8276
Official E-Transcripts: Should be sent to 
Tuition and Financial Support for Graduate Students:  
Ph.D. students in the department tend to be supported with teaching assistantships, which carry a stipend and a full tuition scholarship. The TA stipend is currently $20,000 per year. 
The U niversity also offers a limited number of fellowships for outstanding applicants.  The Graduate Council Fellowship is designed for exceptionally qualified incoming doctoral students (available to US citizens and permanent residents only) . The GCF carries an additional stipend of  $24,000 ($6,000 per year) for four years. The fellowship also provides a fifth year of $26,000 funding with no teaching responsibilities.
In addition, Stony Brook also has a program for underrepresented applicants. The Turner Fellowship provides five years of funding for qualified applicants.  

The department is currently unable to fund M.A. students.  Check out Stony Brook's current  tuition rates.

Graduate & Family Housing Information:

All new international and domestic  graduate students are guaranteed  housing as long as your advance  housing deposit and  housing request are received by the application deadline, which is May 15th for Fall admission.    Please note that the application process is an online process.  All new admitted  graduate  students should wait until you are assigned a Stony Brook ID number, and then pay your  housing  deposit online by credit card on the Solar System on or before May 15th, 2021 for Fall 2021 admission. 

 If you wish to pay by check or money order you may do so. Mail a check or money order payable to "Stony Brook University" and mail it to the Bursar's office with a notation that it is a Graduate   Housing deposit for Fall 2021  Additionally, include your Stony Brook ID number in the memo section of the check and in the letter you enclose with your payment. 

The Bursar's address is: 
PO BOX 619 
You must then fill out a  housing application online at housing/portal  as soon as possible, or by May 15th to be guaranteed  housing for Fall 2021 admission. Please note that paying a  housing deposit and submitting a  housing request by the May 15th deadline does not assure an applicant of a specific type of space. There are several different types of  Graduate  Housing spaces available and applicants will be assigned to a specific room assignment on a space available basis.

Click here to view FAQ's regarding Graduate & Family Housing

                                             application material for certificate program 
Admission to The Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Stony Brook graduate degree-granting program. Admission involves filling out the following application: